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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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Broken Bonds: Solange and Chopin

Broken Bonds: Solange and Chopin

(p.215) Chapter Twenty Broken Bonds: Solange and Chopin
George Sand

Elizabeth Harlan

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the extravagant life in which the Clesingers engaged themselves immediately after their wedding. The couple desired a style of life that would present an image of success, and they started with furnishing an expensive apartment. Solange outfitted herself with a wardrobe worthy of their projected status, and Clesinger retained a horse, carriage, and coachman, the better to display themselves on drives about Paris. In just several months, the newly married couple came close to consuming Solange's entire dowry. On a visit to Nohant, the Clesingers pressed their case for financial assistance. Sand declined on grounds of insufficient funds, but the couple demanded that she take out a mortgage on Nohant. This infuriated Sand, not knowing that there was more at work than financial need in the Clesingers' appalling demand. They knew of the dowry of one hundred thousand francs against future royalties that Sand had promised her young cousin Augustine Brault and her prospective husband, Theodore Rousseau.

Keywords:   extravagant life, Clesingers, dowry, financial assistance, mortgage, Augustine Brault, Theodore Rousseau

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