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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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Liaison Dangereuse

Liaison Dangereuse

(p.202) Chapter Nineteen Liaison Dangereuse
George Sand

Elizabeth Harlan

Yale University Press

This chapter recounts Solange's engagement to Fernand de Preaulx and her presentation to the thirty-three-year-old sculptor Jean-Baptiste Auguste Clesinger by her mother Sophie. Over the course of several sittings, Clesinger not only sculpted Solange's bust, he also captured her heart and won her hand. By the end of the month, Solange had called off her engagement to Preaulx, and on 19 May 1847 she and Clesinger were married. Despite the broken engagement and precipitous replacement, Sand was decidedly in favor of her daughter's marriage to Clesinger. Sand recounts their romance as a fairy tale, in which Clesinger plays the role of Prince Charming and her daughter, Sleeping Beauty—whose passion is awakened with a kiss.

Keywords:   Solange's engagement, Fernand de Preaulx, Jean-Baptiste Auguste Clesinger, broken engagement, precipitous replacement, fairy tale

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