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Alphabe Thursday … S is for George Sand

March 26, 2015

406ce11baa183de0b40e234726abb4a4It would seem that walking in the city during the 19th century was an adventure.  It was an wilderness to be explored; so much so that one had to dress the part.  George Sand for instance, found that “ on the Paris pavement I was like a boat on ice. My delicate shoes cracked open in two days, my pattens sent me spilling, and I always forgot to lift my dress. I was muddy, tired and runny-nosed, and I watch my clothes … go to rack and ruin with alarming rapidity”. She put on men’s clothes, although it seemed a subversive social act; she saw it was a practical choice. Her new outfit gave her a freedom to move, which she enjoyed; “ I can’t convey how much my boots delight me … with those steel-tipped heels I was solid on the sidewalk at last.  I dashed back and forth across Paris and felt I was going around the world. My clothes were weatherproof too.  I was out and about in all weathers, came home at all hours, was in the pits of all theaters”.

For more reading Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit.  

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2015 4:49 pm

    Love that story!

  2. March 26, 2015 5:39 pm

    She was an amazing woman, far beyond her time !

  3. March 26, 2015 5:56 pm

    Indeed! a fine role model … and very humorous I imagine!

  4. March 26, 2015 9:20 pm

    Very educational post for S ~ well done!

    Happy Weekend coming to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  5. March 27, 2015 4:11 am

    A very educational gem here today! The humor here made me smile and everything just meshed so wonderfully with your story. I am always glad when you share with us. Thanks and have a great weekend.

    • March 27, 2015 6:32 am

      Thanks Anne! She must have been a hoot to be with … and you too have a good weekend with love xx

  6. March 31, 2015 4:28 am

    gee, what women had to put up with!

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