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Elizabeth Harlan

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300104172

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300104172.001.0001

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Her Father's Daughter

Her Father's Daughter

(p.3) Chapter One Her Father's Daughter
George Sand

Elizabeth Harlan

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on George Sand's coming into the world and her unwavering desire to resolve the conflict into which she was born. Whatever the particulars of her birth may have been, her father Maurice Dupin occupied its foreground—playing his cherished violin. Although Maurice Dupin had served as an officer in Napoleon's army, throughout her autobiography Sand emphasizes Maurice's love of music more than his love for the martial arts. In the end, it was not her father's military prowess but his creative sensibility that constituted Sand's self-designated legacy from him. Her mother Sophie Delaborde Dupin, on the other hand, occupied a position on the sidelines, with Sand underscoring Sophie's role in her birth. Sand depicts herself as being the one who spared her mother a long and difficult labor, who relieved her of the pain of childbirth, who brought her happiness.

Keywords:   conflict, Maurice Dupin, violin, Napoleon's army, military, creative sensibility, Sophie Delaborde Dupin

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