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Extra info for A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story: Madame Luce in Nineteenth-Century Algeria
Alas, her sweetheart died of consumption when she was still younger than twenty, and so “depressed and disheartened,” she accepted the marriage arrangement her parents had made for her with M. Allix. ” She did not want to be a burden to them. ” Still, she did tell her British friends that her future husband had been raised for the priesthood but renounced his vows. No mention of the mistreatment she recounted to Parkes makes its way into the English Woman’s Journal’s version of her history; instead, readers are told: Why he married, and why once married he did not make his young wife happy, is one of those sad mysteries which are best left in the shadowed privacy of domestic life.
This young man was not her parent’s choice of a suitor, but they did not force her to marry the “young gentleman from Holland” they had chosen for her. Alas, her sweetheart died of consumption when she was still younger than twenty, and so “depressed and disheartened,” she accepted the marriage arrangement her parents had made for her with M. Allix. ” She did not want to be a burden to them. ” Still, she did tell her British friends that her future husband had been raised for the priesthood but renounced his vows.
A subprefecture of the department, Vendôme was a regional hub with more than six thousand inhabitants. The town offered a far greater variety of employment possibilities than Bléré, which had less than half the population. No sources beyond the tales of his wife conjure up a portrait of the elusive Alexandre Allix. Clearly, he was a relatively educated man, but without the commitment to teaching that Eugénie would demonstrate throughout her life. By 1836, having been abandoned by his wife, he was no longer a teacher, but rather a clerk in Vendôme, his home throughout the 1830s.
A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story: Madame Luce in Nineteenth-Century Algeria by Rebecca Rogers