Writers loved to deploy their worldly wisdom by making keen observations of human behavior. If a woman in the novel and in real life could not expect to reign directly, she could at least hope to rule the person in theoretical authority. Writing nearly a century before Madame de La Fayette, Michel de Montaigne refers and disgresses to many of the historical characters of the novel in his Essais, but only the male figures receive extensive coverage.
Why, despite his extreme discretion, is the Princesse able to tell that M. At the top is King Henri, legal in ruler of France in theory.
Madame de Lafayette. She cannot confront her directly, however; and carefully hides her true feelings.
But the challenge to established tradition was muted and indirect. But her work poses a direct challenge to the mores of the court that foreshadows the views of the rising bourgeoisie far more than those of the aristocracy she so admired.The reflections we see involve essence rather than ocular imagery, for in England, we find a country ruled by a woman. This openness contrasts sharply with the normal patterns at the court; and though technically it is a high virtue, it will prove her downfall. At the top is King Henri, legal in ruler of France in theory. In a social milieu where adulterous romances were normally the sole romances, the ideal of wedded bliss was titillating and strange. People are much more pragmatic about their demands for a suitable partner than in the Romantic Age. If we attempt to follow the guidelines of "same as," there is no equality. The effect of her beauty and charm on Nemours was such that he fell in love with her on first seeing her at the ball. What is his reaction? Circumstantial evidence that she has spent two nights with Nemours at Coulommiers, shatters his morale and undermines his health. What forces are acting on her? However she determines to give him no mark of her love and to avoid his company as far as possible: Page 12 Summary notes. How does he reply to that defense? To receive promotions or favors from Elizabeth, the ambitious must first seek a male intermediary such as Leicester, Cecil or Hatton to intercede on their behald. After this final interview with Nemours, she had time in the solitude of her mourning to reconsider marriage with Nemours but it was fear of Nemours' infidelity which still dissuaded her from accepting his hand: Page 30 Summary notes.