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George Sands maiden name was Dupin, but Mad Luce declares that her grandmother was an illegiti- Growing Up in Provincial France mate daughter of the Kings and lived at the royal chateau of Chenonceau where she was visited by Voltaire and Jean Jacques! See Madame Luce and my beloved George Sand both indirectly nourished by the same stream of thought, and the old connexions with the Capets, son of St Louis. The world is not very big and the people in it are very few. 2 Whether Madame Luce really believed this fanciful retelling of George Sand’s ancestry—Sand’s grandmother Marie-Aurore Dupin was the illegitimate daughter of Maurice de Saxe, not the king of France—she clearly perceived that establishing a connection between her own modest origins and that of George Sand added an appropriate degree of “pedigree” and romance that would appeal to her British audience.
21 The marriage register listed his profession as “instituteur, maître de pension” (schoolteacher, boarding school master), living in Montrichard although the archives reveal no trace of his presence as a teacher in the town. More likely he was teaching in a neighboring village, and most probably he did not run a boarding school since no such school appears in the records. Teaching represented a form of cultural upward mobility for this young man whose father was a glassmaker in Chatel lerault in the Vienne.
We still have much to learn about individual women’s contributions to the politics of education and to the shaping of modern French society. The same goes without saying for all of the French colonies. 22 I have sought throughout the book to situate Eugénie Luce and her family within their social context but also to highlight how knowledge of her actions changes our understanding of the French colonization of Algeria. Recovering her life also recovers a moment in Algeria when girls and women were part of a political project.