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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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Enigma of the Sphinx

Enigma of the Sphinx

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(p.65) Chapter Six Enigma of the Sphinx
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George Sand
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Elizabeth Harlan

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300104172.003.0007

This chapter describes the two crucial revelations concerning Sophie Dupin that were among the most traumatic experiences of Aurore's young life. In each incident, Aurore is confronted with devastating disclosures about her mother's past. The first scene of confrontation took place when Aurore is thirteen years old. She had been living with her grandmother Madame Dupin in relative isolation at Nohant and was filled with pain and longing for her absent mother. Unable to concentrate on her lessons, she was reprimanded and told by her grandmother that her mother had lived a life of prostitution. Another revelation, which Aurore learned later, was regarding her relationship with Maurice Dupin. Among whatever else Madame Dupin revealed, it is conceivable she saw fit to cross the ts and dot the is for her young and impressionable granddaughter by telling her that her mother was connected with a man who had been rumored to be her true father—that her relationship with Maurice was a well-constructed and carefully maintained lie.

Keywords:   revelations, traumatic experiences, disclosures, mother's past, Nohant, prostitution

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