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.
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