By Marie D’Agoult, Daniel Stern, Lynn Hoggard
First released in 1846 below the pen identify Daniel Stern, Nelida tells the tale of a pretty French heiress who surrenders everything—marriage, attractiveness, and an aristocratic approach of life—for the affection of a skilled younger heart category painter. in response to the author’s personal ten-year courting with the pianist and composer Franz Liszt, the radical speedy turned the scandalous bestseller of its day. Its writer, Marie d’Agoult, has emerged as the most impressive ladies of her time. An aristocratic Parisian lady who left her husband and baby to develop into the spouse of Liszt, d’Agoult turned an comprehensive lady of letters whose works integrated an incredible historical past of the 1848 revolution in Paris. In Nelida, her in simple terms significant novel, she brings to lifestyles the deeply intimate components of her personal tale and the period within which it happened. Written with a willing sensitivity to social mores and mental nuances, the radical unearths the primal cry of a lady decided to manage her personal future with no betraying her womanhood. showing right here for the 1st time in English, Lynn Hoggard’s translation of Nelida is ripe for rereading via today’s readers.
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Even before birth, it’s smothered by cupidity and conceit, which pervert every instinct, including the most natural, the most legitimate, the most religious of all: the desire for happiness in marriage. It was impossible for Nelida’s serious mind, delicate soul, and honest character not to be distressed by the sham of this society that was now her own. But youth is slow to realize its own impressions and slow to transform them into judgment. Exceptional force is required for someone to be ripped from custom’s yoke.
May you always remain as you are at this moment, Nelida—pure of heart, ﬁlled with heavenly things! ” The nun stood up. With a gesture of sad and weary majesty, like an abdicating queen, she lifted her hand above Nelida, who was bathed in tears, blessing her in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 1 “To tell the truth,” said the vicomtesse, hurrying into the elegant coach waiting for her at the base of the outdoor stairway, “those nuns are peculiar women. One might think you’re going to live among the heathens!
Don’t take so much pleasure in pushing me to the limits. ” Father Aimery looked at her with devastating coolness. “You need rest, Sister,” he answered, his voice extremely gentle. “You appear to have slept poorly. Send me this young girl after mass, and be kind enough to have the bells rung. ” Mother Saint Elizabeth left in silence, giving the priest a look that bristled with hate. 1 III Father Aimery was too perceptive not to see that Nelida’s unrest, listlessness, and imagined calling grew from an awakening youth mingled with a chaste nature, from an inchoate need for love that was in ascendance, and from a kind of mental hunger that was perhaps not receiving the nutrients it required.
Nelida by Marie D’Agoult, Daniel Stern, Lynn Hoggard