The Brinvillier's Affair By Madame De Sevigne

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In a time of orthodoxy and strict social order, a woman known as the "Brinvilliers woman" stirred the conscience and tongues of all of Paris with her infamous murder of her family members. Employing a fairly objective tone and diction, Madame de Sevigne organizes this private letter to two parts: the facts of the Brinvilliers Affair and the social ripples it created in order to fully depict to the reader the paradoxical feelings that a radical criminal can invoke. Beginning with a brief description of the Brinvillier's Affair with the Marquis’s confession serves to set up the background information for the reader of the letter. After the basic facts have been establish, Sevigne progresses in chronological order with brief commentaries
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