Our Colette, His Colette

Posted: February 24, 2021 in Friday Fictioneers
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His only instruction, wear orange, not her favorite color, but Colette would wear dresses of burlap if doing so captured Theodore’s heart. Our Colette spent many francs, she wouldn’t divulge the number, on pearls to decorate the crown of her auburn hair. Another unknown sum purchased a dram of rose-scented oil to draw her lover to the hollow just below her ear. His lips met the mark. Oh, what pleasure.

Theodore’s Colette, now heavy with child, wears stained cotton shifts and oversized shoes. The mistress of the house watches Colette slip in snow while fingering pearls gifted by her husband.

 

Comments
  1. trentpmcd says:

    Seems that a similar fate occurred to her mother, Fantine. A good write on an awful, age-old story.

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    I’m not sure whether you intended this, but I interpreted it as Theodore having stolen her pearls as well as her virtue. But that depends on whose wife is Theodore’s

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  3. Ah yes, the honeymoon never lasts forever. Beautiful flair in this!

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  4. elmowrites says:

    I found this a little tricky to follow but the comments helped. I thought at first that Collette might have dementia and be thinking she’s a long time ago, but I get it now. Poor Colette, she should take a lesson from my protagonist this week!

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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    A tragic air to this romance. I suspect no one ends up happy.

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  6. msjadeli says:

    I had to read that a few times to figure out what was going on and glad I did. The plot of many a historical romance. I mowed through them like a bowl of popcorn. Always entertaining but always so devastating for the Colettes of the world 😦 Good storytelling!

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  7. Dear Lish,

    I had no trouble following the story line. Poor Collette. Not doubt her mistress knows exactly what happened. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  8. Ah, the blindness of youth, and … perhaps … the narrow choices or their illusion. Well done.
    And, I don’t like that man.
    So, there. He can go wear orange.

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  9. Dale says:

    This was a wonderful read, Lish! What a cad! My heart breaks for Colette… so good.

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  10. A tragic tale indeed.

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  11. liz young says:

    Sounds like a situation set up by Theodore and his wife to get a child – and the pearls.

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  12. pennygadd51 says:

    Sad story. We are so gullible when we fall in love, aren’t we?. I liked “but Colette would wear dresses of burlap if doing so captured Theodore’s heart.” It sums up her total surrender to the allure of romantic love.

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  13. granonine says:

    Oh, that’s cold! Excellent writing.

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  14. draliman says:

    Oh dear, I guess it was never going to end well for her.

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  15. Dora says:

    There’s more to this than the price of pearls, the price of broken hearts. Well told.

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  16. plaridel says:

    that’s sad. it looks like she’ll be in for a long winter.

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  17. Nichika says:

    Beautifully written, thank you for sharing!

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  18. James McEwan says:

    Every great plan has a flaw, emotion is a poor master.

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  19. I love where you went with this photo, Alicia.
    Nicely crafted and beautiful descriptive beginning.
    Have a wonderful weekend … Be Safe 😷
    Isadora 😎

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  20. ceayr says:

    Brutal and superb, Alicia.

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  21. jenne49 says:

    The irony that she would wear burlap for him if he wanted. Beautiful telling of the harsh, perennial story.

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  22. Laurie Bell says:

    Ooooo what an end. Poor thing didn’t quite get what she wanted. Fleeting romance while he stays in the big house with his wife I’m guessing? Well done.

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  23. Poor Colette fell victim to Theodore’s charms and is left out in the cold when he’s finished with her. Happens too often. The wife seems to possess a streak of cruelty as does her husband. Well written tale of woe.

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  24. Bear says:

    This is good. What we don’t do for love, eh?

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  25. michael says:

    A story that is full of life,

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  26. Oh dear, another poor girl taken advantage of. Life is so cruel in many ways.

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