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Becoming BourgeoisLove, Kinship, and Power in Provincial France, 1670-1880$
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Christopher H. Johnson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453984

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453984.001.0001

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“Mon Adèle”

“Mon Adèle”

(p.171) Chapter Five “Mon Adèle”
Becoming Bourgeois

Christopher H. Johnson

Cornell University Press

This chapter analyzes the marriage of Eugène and Adèle Galles to illustrate a number of ideas about “bourgeois marriage” in nineteenth-century France. Drawing on some 258 letters between Adèle and Eugène and forty-two more from other family members over a span of seven years, it discusses the deep love between the two. It considers the breadth and depth of Eugène’s concern for, involvement in, and knowledge of the life of his unborn child and the ways he connected his love for Adèle with his love for the baby. It also examines Adèle’s role in the family economy and its limits as well as her involvement in public service.

Keywords:   marriage, Eugène and Adèle Galles, bourgeois marriage, France, letters, love, unborn child, family economy, public service

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