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The Beauty and the Beast

"Here is the justification for the frequent marriages between mature men, often widowed, and very young girls. These elderly husbands only had to surround their young wives in all respects, and the young women had to respect the worldly situation and the value of the forties. "



Marie-Antoinette Reynaud, Madame Leprince de Beaumont, life and work of an educator (1971)