A Particular tenderness | George Sand to Gustave Flaubert, 1866

George Sand (1804 – 1876)                                                   Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

“… but I have a particular tenderness for you, and
one I have never felt for anyone, up to now.”

George Sand, in a letter to Gustave Flaubert, 11 November, 1866 


2 thoughts on “A Particular tenderness | George Sand to Gustave Flaubert, 1866

  1. 11 November, 1866

    I send you my friend Despruneaux in person. If you know a judge or two,—or if your brother could give him a word of support, do arrange it, I kiss you three times on each eye.

    George Sand, letter to Gustave Flaubert


  2. Thou large-brained woman and large-hearted man,
    Self-called George Sand! whose soul, amid the lions
    Of thy tumultuous senses, moans defiance
    And answers roar for roar, as spirits can:
    I would some mild miraculous thunder ran
    Above the applauded circus, in appliance
    Of thine own nobler nature's strength and science,
    Drawing two pinions, white as wings of swan,
    From thy strong shoulders, to amaze the place
    With holier light! that thou to woman's claim
    And man's, mightst join beside the angel's grace
    Of a pure genius sanctified from blame
    Till child and maiden pressed to thine embrace
    To kiss upon thy lips a stainless fame.

    To George Sand: A Desire / Elizabeth Barrett Browning / 1853


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