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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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(p.216) Chapter Seven Guadeloupe
Becoming Bourgeois

Christopher H. Johnson

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on the correspondence between Eugène and Adèle Galles during Eugène’s tour of duty in Guadeloupe as part of the Forty-Eighth Regiment, of which Jean-Marie Le Ridant was second in command. Adèle sent a letter to her stepmother in Paris urging her to visit Madame de Sérent in the hope that she might initiate counter-orders for Eugène. Eugène refused to exercise the option of resignation, mainly because his star as a leader was currently shining brightly, which he enhanced considerably just as the regiment was about to depart from Valenciennes. This chapter examines the emotional significance of cousin marriage and sibling love in how the members of the Galles–Jollivet–Le Ridant family handled the Guadeloupe situation.

Keywords:   correspondence, Eugène and Adèle Galles, Guadeloupe, Forty-Eighth Regiment, Jean-Marie Le Ridant, cousin marriage, sibling love, Galles–Jollivet–Le Ridant family

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