Or better yet, lets just say Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette & her lovers!
A lovely French novelist lost in the tracks of love, but freedom was much more enticing!
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette was a woman searching, not only for herself, but for all women.
Colette was on a quest of learning, and writing her feelings on this particular topic... that has forever made an impact on literature, and a sexist society.
Should a woman be able to express sexuality, dominance, and a carefree nature; and still be consider a woman...
can this mixture go together, with the acceptance of society??
This battle may have destroyed her love life.. Or did it?
While searching Colette went through many affairs, and many friendship...Also, long lasting friendships, and not so long lasting relationships, taboo relationships, also many horrid marriages.
Colette was born into a wild family, and lived a wild life, until her death.
Throughout, Colette's childhood she has always been known to shock others, from her reckless behavior; which may lead to many disastrous relationships....
Colette first outlandish marriage was too, Henri Gauthier-Villars was known as "Willy" a 36-year-old journalist; Willy was also known for being very extravagant, and using marriage as a tool for profit; mostly ghostwriting.
This was an open marriage?...This marriage did last for thirteen years ( I am pretty sure this marriage only last this long; because the two of them were separated, for the most part). This marriage left Colette in poverty.
After, Colette divorced Henri Gauthier-Villars, she had many affairs with many women such as Natalie Barney, Mathilde de Morny, Marquise de Belbeuf, and even Josephine Baker.
At this time Colette still had relations with men also, such as Gabriele D'Annunzio, and Auguste Herriot.
Eventually, Colette does marry again to Henri de Jouvenel; another Journalist ( did she not learn from the first marriage? lol).
Henri & Colette had one child, a daughter named Colette de Jouvenel.
Colette was so lost in pleasure, and forgotten her mothering duty to her daughter; Colette left her daughter with her nanny, only rarely coming to visit her.
Her marriage too Henri de Jouvenel, must have became a bore to her also; because she started an affair with he's sixteen-year-old son.
This liaison lasted for five years.Although, this relationship brought the ingenuity novel "Cheri & the Last Of Cheri"; Which was a lovely novel.
Eventually, Henri de Jouvenel learned about the tryst between Colette, and he's son, and wanted a divorce asap ( I don't blame him).
This divorce left Colette depressed, and gluttony; Until 1925 when Colette meet the love of her life (or, a very devoted friendship) Maurice Goudeket.
This time Colette did a little better, and yes he was a writer! But, a poet ( hey we all have a weakness lol )..This relationship lasted until Colette death. This relationship was loving, strong, and full of devotion.
Colette, seem to go through so many bad apples, and cherries.... until she found the love of her life....
Colette seem to admire people with an artistic point of view, taboo, strange, and different, rather than the gentry; and maybe that's why she was so daring when it came to romance, and love...
I will say this; I believe she was very selfish, in many ways; but, Colette was so much of a free spirit that she just had to fly.
Through her adventurous ways, & artistic novels; did Colette ever find out, what it is to be a real woman?
Colette left it up to us to find out.. But, she left hint's, and clues in her many well cherished novels.
Her choices in life left her almost completely lonely in the end...But, she was not. Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette left this world with l'amour in her heart, and within her writings.
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"If we want to be sincere, we must admit that there is a well-nourished love and an ill-nourished love. And the rest is literature." Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette