HUGO Léopoldine (1824-1843).

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HUGO Léopoldine (1824-1843).
L.A.S. "Leopoldine Hugo", to Auguste VACQUERIE; 1 page in-12, address. Very rare letter from the young girl to her future brother-in-law. "Would you be good enough, sir, to go out of your way for us? Mother would have a favor to ask of you, and charges me to convey her wish to you. She hopes that, if there is nothing to keep you at home, you will come and speak to her, as soon as you receive this bill. She also asks you to believe in her unalterable friendship, which we all share, believe it well. [In 1837, Victor Hugo received from a young man of 17 years, Auguste Vacquerie, letters overflowing of admiration. The apprentice poet was then received at the Hugo's house, and from then on regularly attended the poet's house. His father was a shipowner from Le Havre who, in the summer of 1838, invited Victor Hugo and his family on vacation to his property in Villequier, on the banks of the Seine. It was there that Léopoldine, aged 16, met Charles, Auguste's brother. A romance was to be born between the young people, which would lead to their marriage, only on February 15, 1843. Victor Hugo, in fact, resolved only with difficulty to let go of the one who was everything to him. A few months after their union, the couple drowned in the Seine after their boat capsized. This death made the poet mad with pain and despair. Book IV of the Contemplations bears throughout the traces of this love and loss, and contains, inspired by Léopoldine, some of the most beautiful poems of the French language].
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