The business of letting out costumes—and that reminds me that the last one I tried to wear needed considerable letting out—has its peculiar seasons, just as other vocations have. We are now in the ball period of our metropolitan existence, and as the dealer in fantastic habits skips about among his tinseled stock he feels like crying, “On with the dance!” It is just at present that he makes money, or tries to, at least, passing the rest of the year as best he can, buoyed up by the same hope which animates a watering-place hotel keeper.
Virginie Ancelot 1792-1875. French writer and painter.
Virginie Ancelot, origin. Marguerite-Louise Ancelot was a French writer and painter. Ancelot came from an old established family in Dijon, her father was the deputy N. Chardon. With twelve years Ancelot was allowed to travel to Paris in 1804 to learn the painting in various studios. There she met the writer Jacques-François Ancelot and married him in 1818. With him she had a daughter, Louise Edmée who later married the lawyer Charles Lachaud (1817-1882). Until the death of her husband in 1854 her salon in the Rue de Lille, the hotel lounge of La Rochefoucauld, was was one of the last great literary salons of Paris and a popular weekly meeting place for writers and artists. It was the meeting place of Pierre-Edouard Lemontey, Lacretelle, Alphonse Daudet, Baour Lormian, Victor Hugo, Sophie Gay and daughter Delphine de Girardin, Henri de Rochefort-Luçay, Melanie Waldor, actress Rachel, Jacques Babinet, Juliette Recamier, Anaïs Ségalas, François Guizot , Saint-Simon, Alfred de Musset, Stendhal, Chateaubriand, Alphonse de Lamartine, Alfred de Vigny, Prosper Mérimée, Eugene Delacroix, and was almost a prerequisite for the French Academy.
Her daughter Louise Ancelot (1825-1887) married in 1844 Charles Lachaud (1817-1882), a famous lawyer who distinguished himself in large lawsuits of the nineteenth century, including Marie Lafarge*.
Her great-grand-son Jean Sangnier (1912-2011), was head of press of the french resistance. After the beginning of World War II, he founded together with Emilien Amaury (1909-1977), Max André and Jean Raymond Lawrence (1890-1969), the resistance group, Groupe de Lille qui accueillera Honoré d’Estienne d’Orves. He publishes under the German Occupation underground newspapers and speeches of General de Gaulle. After the Liberation, he participated in the creation of the newspaper Ouest-France (1944), directs the newspaper Marie France (1947-1983) and is also director of the newspaper l’Équipe. Jean Sangnier founded the Institute Marc-Sangnier in 1990 for perpetuating the work of his father (Roman Catholic thinker, politician, theologian and jurist, one of the liberal Catholic movement 1894 – Le Sillon (The Furrow) – founded. Sangnier founded a daily newspaper, La Démocratie, which advocated the equality of women, as well as proportional representation in elections for pacifism.)
*Marie Lafarge Fortunée born in 1816 as Marie Cappelle Fortunée, † 1852, was a French poisoner. The trial of Marie Lafarge, which has been accused of having her husband Charles Lafarge poisoned by arsenic, became the world’s first trial with a verdict on the basis of toxicological and chemical evidence. The court case split France into two camps. A few years after the conviction appeared pamphlets and books in which followers of both camps advocated passionately for their cause. The 1841 first published autobiography Lafarge became a bestseller.
Marguerite Victoire Babois, French writer 1760-1839
Victory Babois Marguerite, born October 6, 1760 in Versailles, died March 18, 1839 in Paris was a French writer, author of elegies and other poems which have placed her name at the forefront of French elegiac poets. Victory Babois was born into a family of merchants. She is the niece of the poet Jean-François Ducis. Victory Babois does not publish literary works before the age of thirty. It was her uncle who had driven her to write. She published her first elegies in 1805, the year of the death of her daughter, although they were written between 1792 and 1795. Her works have been collected under the title „ Élégies et poésies diverses „ (1810). She stops her literary career in 1836, due to medical problems.