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The Woman Who Was Poor

by Léon Bloy

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Lorsque Clotilde Maréchal se présente comme modèle à son atelier, le peintre Gacougnol la prend pour une mendiante tant elle lui paraît misérable. Détrompé, il s'émeut de sa détresse et décide de l'arracher à son milieu sordide ? mais, victime de sa générosité, il meurt tragiquement et Clotilde reste désemparée. Léopold, un ami du peintre, retrouve la jeune femme errant dans Paris. Lui non plus, le sort ne l'a pas épargné. Il voit en Clotilde une compagne capable de le comprendre. Il l'épouse. Brève accalmie avant un nouveau déchaînement de haines et de malheurs contre ces deux êtres que seule la foi soutient. Telles sont les grandes lignes de ce roman âpre où Léon Bloy dépeint l'enfer de la pauvreté, et dont certaines péripéties sont empruntées à sa propre vie.
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To Pierre Antide Edmond BRIGAND-KAIRE Ocean Captain...To you, then, I dedicate this unhappy work, imposed on me by the vigour of your personality--a work that would be, probably, a masterpiece, were I not its author.  God keep you safe from fire and steel and contemporary literature and the malevolence of the evil dead.  Grand Mondtrouge, Ash Wednesday, 1897
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This English edition (of a book whose author reached a lesson which your own life--with its years of grimmest poverty invited and embraced quite voluntarily, in lonely heroism, for the sake of others, so long as their need lasted and made you indifferent to your own--could have well illustrated) is dedicated to you, in reverent humility, by the translator.
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