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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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Sophie Victorious

Sophie Victorious

(p.26) Chapter Three Sophie Victorious
George Sand

Elizabeth Harlan

Yale University Press

This chapter describes how Sand compensated for the anonymity that history confers on ordinary people—particularly her mother. Sand relates an event that ostensibly occurred when Lafayette announced before the Commune the king's return to Paris following the Champs de Mars massacre in October 1789. Selected by local plebeian dignitaries, fifteen-year-old Sophie Delaborde was dressed in white, powdered, crowned with roses, and given a wreath of flowers to present to Citizens Bailly and LaFayette. Upon receiving the wreath from Sophie, Lafayette is said to have addressed her: “My dear child, these flowers suit your face more than mine.” In the crush of the crowd that formed to watch this historic event, Sophie was separated from her mother, Marie Anne Cloquard, and little sister, Lucie, but was eventually “escorted by a band of patriots.” She rejoined her family “in their poor little abode” at the end of the evening.

Keywords:   anonymity, LaFayette, Champs de Mars massacre, plebeian dignitaries, Sophie Delaborde, Bailly, Marie Anne Cloquard, Lucie

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