Keeping the flame alive by way of letters. The Juliette Drouet-Victor Hugo instance | EUROtoday

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“I“I like you, I like you, I like you,” wrote Juliette Drouet (1806-1883) to Victor Hugo (1802-1885) on November 19, 1839, after promising him: “Everything with love, nothing with out love.” She was 33 years old, he was four years older. Their affair had lasted six years, and this morning note to her “Toto” was only one of 23,000 that this great lover would send him in fifty years of passion.

When he met her, the author had been married for over ten years to his childhood sweetheart, Adèle Foucher (1803-1868). But, after giving him 5 kids, she refused to mattress him and most well-liked her buddy, the critic Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869). Juliette, born Gauvain, was a younger actress, extra fairly than proficient.

Orphaned at an early age and educated in a convent, she was at first a girl…

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