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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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Coming of Age

Coming of Age

(p.82) Chapter Eight Coming of Age
George Sand

Elizabeth Harlan

Yale University Press

This chapter describes Aurore's regretful departure from the Convent of the English Augustinians, which had provided her with what she described as the most spiritually enriching experience of her life. Wrenched from her home, Aurore was soon caught up again in the struggle between her mother and grandmother. However, being back at Nohant brought consolation as well as conflict, as the almost forgotten pleasures of country living came rushing back. Having passed from girlhood to young womanhood in her years away, Aurore now had a figure that attracted the attention of local friends and neighbors. Deschartres, who had not seen her since her departure for Paris in November 1817, barely recognized her upon her return. Aurore's childhood playmates from the neighborhood had changed, too, and many of them worked for her grandmother.

Keywords:   departure, xperience, consolation, conflict, country living, Deschartres, childhood playmates

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