By Evelyn Blewer, Victoria Tietze Larson
My loved Toto, a suite of letters written by way of Juliette Drouet to her lover, Victor Hugo, tells the tale of a existence and of the good love affair that formed it. From 1833 until eventually her loss of life part a century later, Drouet wrote to Hugo two times day-by-day on standard, leading to millions of letters. The 186 translated here--most showing in English for the 1st time--offer insights into nineteenth-century French tradition in addition to an insider's examine the nature, habit, operating behavior, and day by day lifetime of France's such a lot enormous guy of letters.
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162). 97 Drouet wrote back graciously declining this invitation. 98 The visit that made the relationship official was the one made on 23 January 1867 by Mme Hugo to “Mme Drouet” at her house at 20 Hauteville Street, not in the anonymity of Brussels, but under the judgmental gaze of the bourgeoisie of Guernsey (L. 163). During the visits to Brussels that Drouet and Hugo made to visit his wife and sons in the summer of this year and the summer of the next, Drouet read to Adèle Hugo. Adèle’s eyesight had diminished to the point where she could not see well enough to read (JDD, 322, 324).
The British slang word “swot” (L. ” For the reader interested in pursuing further reading in English on or by Juliette Drouet, the bibliography is unfortunately extremely limited. As mentioned above, to my knowledge only one other English translation of a collection of her letters exists—Davidson’s translation of the second volume of Guimbaud (VHJD), the second volume of which contains a selection of the letters. Davidson’s translation omits some of the letters in the Guimbaud edition and, obviously with an eye to contemporary Anglo-American prudery, omits anything suggestive from what is already a highly censored selection of letters.
42, 47, 73). In order to set off on trips with Hugo she has to borrow a hat, shawl, even a corset, from a friend (L. 63 The first couple of years of the relationship were stormy with constant rows, often arising from Hugo’s unfounded suspicions of Drouet’s infidelity. Matters reached a head with Drouet’s flight to Brittany with her daughter, Claire, in August 1834 (L. 11), where she stayed with her sister Renée and her brother-in-law, Louis Koch. Hugo followed her. There was a passionate reconciliation and a meandering return—which became the prototype for a tradition of annual pleasure trips—and then an idyllic interlude in the forested countryside outside Paris in a village called Les Metz (L.