"The women of the Paris street, represented here by the chocolate-maker Pauline Léon, were repudiated as 'bloodthirsty Furies' and in many cases arrested. No woman with any kind of public standing was safe; even the 'delectable' Thérésia de Fontenay, who, Moore suggests, probably took an initial interest in politics because it was fashionable to do so, emerged from the revolution 'wearing diamond toe rings and anklets to hide — or perhaps to draw attention to — the scars on her feet and legs from the rat bites she had received in prison.'
In Moore’s telling, only Juliette Récamier, the 'icon' of womanhood in the Directory and early Napoleonic period, enjoyed renown but escaped the revolution more or less unscathed. In the public imagination, she was, apparently, a woman emptied of all bodily reality, living in what was said to be a white marriage — pure abstraction, pure projection, made flesh.
The revolution, Moore shows, brought women many tributes to their maternal graces, their high-minded morals, their 'natural' homebound virtues. Yet the veneration of Woman and hatred of real women were one and the same. 'Ah!' Lucile Duplessis, later the wife of the revolutionary journalist Camille Desmoulins, wrote of the men in her world. 'That they would worship us less and set us free!'”
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