Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de Sévigné, by Claude Lefèbvre, c. 1665.

Madame de Sévigné

(1626 - 1696)

Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, was married for seven years before losing her husband in a duel he fought over his mistress in 1651. As a widow with two children, she spent most of her time at court and the Hôtel de Rambouillet in Paris. The marquise wrote more than 1,700 letters to her daughter.

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There are twelve hours in the day, and above fifty in the night.

—Madame de Sévigné, 1671

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