"Un Petit Accident d'Amour," Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Nov 12, 1880

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Title

"Un Petit Accident d'Amour," Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Nov 12, 1880

Subject

Brewster, Anne Hampton, 1818-1892
Social Critique
Social Acceptance
Class
Gender Norms
Reputation
Actors and Actresses--French
Manners / Etiquette

Description

Brewster offers a biting commentary on the social norms of Vanity Fair drawing from the example of French actress Sarah Bernhardt who offended the upper-class members with her "bad morals."

Credit

Newspaper.com

Creator

Brewster, Anne Hampton, 1818-1892

Publisher

I. Van Anden

Date

1880-11-12

Type

Reference

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After dinner one of the highest nose and most "respectable" of English dames approached the actress and said in a freezing voice: "I did not know, Madame, that you were married."
"Not the least in the world," sang out the bold French-woman in reply, half closing her eyes and smiling impertinently at her adversary.
"But, Madame," gasped our England's matron, "your son."
"Ah," replied Sarah, with a cool shrug of the shoulder, and turning away "etait un petit accident d'amour."
Vanity Fair is very loyal and submissibe. No flock of sheep could follow their leader more blindly than the English do their Queen, and especially the Prince of Wales, whose ways are more easy to follow, as all sinful ways are. But Sarah Bernhardt, with her audacious parade of bad morals, was more virtuous than Vanity Fair could stand, thus elle a fait four, as the French say, socially, this last season. It is to be hoped that when this bold actress of eccentric morality goes to the United States this Winter, she may not be fetee and gatee by our "silly fools of quality."

Provenance

Location

Brooklyn, NY, US

Geocode (Latitude)

40.6501038

Geocode (Longitude)

-73.9495823

Length (range)

150-500

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Citation

Brewster, Anne Hampton, 1818-1892, “"Un Petit Accident d'Amour," Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Nov 12, 1880,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed April 22, 2024, https://archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/715.

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