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The Marquis de Villemer, Classics To Go

Urbain, the Marquis de Villemer is the younger brother of Duke d'Aleria, and is eager to clear his family's debt to ensure his mother's happiness. The siblings have drastically different views on the purpose of money and marriage. A marchioness is eager to marry off her two sons: Duke d'Aleria and Urbain, the Marquis de Villemer. The former is the eldest, a charming playboy whose gambling addiction has saddled the family with debt. Urbain is the younger, more responsible son, who's willing to sacrifice his happiness for his mother's security. The men interact with several women, including Caroline, a secretary and companion to their mother. She is pulled into a strange world that hinges on marriage arrangements and social capital. The Marquis de Villemer is a nineteenth century novel that embodies popular elements of that time. It's fueled by class disparity, mismatched romance and financial strain. It also highlights family legacy and the desire to keep up appearances. (Google)

George Sand

Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin de Francueil; 1 July 1804 – 8 June 1876), best known by her pen name George Sand, was a French novelist, memoirist, and journalist. One of the most popular writers in Europe in her lifetime, being more renowned than both Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac in England in the 1830s and 1840s, Sand is recognised as one of the most notable writers of the European Romantic era, with more than 70 novels to her credit and 50 volumes of various works including novels, tales, plays and political texts. Like her great-grandmother, Louise Dupin, whom she admired, George Sand stood up for women, advocated passion, castigated marriage and fought against the prejudices of a conservative society.

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