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.
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