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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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The Chosen

The Chosen

Educating René

(p.232) Chapter Eight The Chosen
Becoming Bourgeois

Christopher H. Johnson

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on the education of René Jean-Marie Galles, son of Eugène and Adèle Galles. Adèle Galles was René’s teacher. She made René work hard, especially on his grammar and writing, and followed a schedule “rigorously,” but she also stressed “self-education” with plenty of free time for adventure. This chapter first describes René’s life at Pont-Sal before discussing his admission to the École polytechnique and to the Collège royale de Nantes. It then considers the role played by Adèle in René’s success, along with the Galles family’s response to the July Revolution. It also examines René’s turbulent years of study for the École examinations and how he integrated his families’ joys and traumas into his focused existence.

Keywords:   education, René Jean-Marie Galles, Eugène and Adèle Galles, Pont-Sal, École polytechnique, Collège royale de Nantes, Galles family, July Revolution

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