Friday, June 24, 2011

LOVE LETTERS: Confrontation

I love you no longer; on the contrary, I detest you.
You are a wretch, truly perverse, truly stupid, a real Cinderella.
You never write to me at all, you do not love your husband; you know the pleasure that your letters give him yet you cannot even manage to write him half a dozen lines, dashed off in a moment! What then do you do all day, Madame?
What business is so vital that it robs of you of the time to write to your faithful lover? What attachment cant be stifling and pushing aside the love, the tender and constant love which you promised him?
Who can this wonderful new lover be who takes up your every moment, rules your days and prevents you from devoting your attention to your husband?

Beware Josephine;
one fine night the doors will be broken down and there I shall be.

-Napoleon Bonaparte, French Ruler, to Josephine, his wife, in 1797

One of the most famous paintings in France:
Jacques-Louis David "Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris on 2 December 1804" 1808. 

Love Letter Review:
Quick detective work: This letter was written before her coronation as Empress of France.  They obviously worked it out! She is obviously cheating on him. When the heart and anger combine, hell takes over. He is quite upset with her, and rightfully so. Who cheats? If you cheat, stop being an asshole and just break up with the person you're with. I love this letter so much for the last line. "Beware Josephine..."

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