V. Hugo’s FriendSHIP & First Love
She was brunette with large, bright, soft eyes, with a straight, little
nose and a beautifully formed mouth. As a young 16-year-old lady, she was
sweet and pretty. She was Adele Foucher, the source of young Victor Hugo’s
idolatry, and his first love. He was a writer growing in talent and fame,
growing before her beauty and shyness. Their friendship can be described as
the ideal romantic tragedy.
Victor had known Adele when they were children. She was a part of
bourgeoisie inn Paris and the daughter of the pro-French Marques de
Montehermosa. Their two families, the Hugos and the Fouchers, had been
intimate friends before their birth. Their children grew up together.
Parental resistance created the ideal tragic situation for the two lovers.
Adele’s father, Pierre Foucher was Hugo friend. Although Mr.Foucher was
secretly excited about Victor’s rising literary success. But Adele was
warned that young Victor was a boaster, that he was inconstant and lazy. In
spite of that, they sent letters into each other and began a long and risky
journey of emotional correspondence, which in Hugo’s mind, undoubtedly
would end in marriage. So sure was he, that he boldly signed his first
letter to her “your husband”. After 2 years and 200 love letters exchanged
between the lovers, Victor and Adele go
Hugo loved Adele truly and deeply, and perhaps for a time, she believed she
loved him as much. In the early years of their friendship, when her mother
was out, Adele would make her escape from the house, run swiftly
downstairs, and glide along a shady path to meet Victor, who was expecting
her, “under the chestnut trees”. Such relationship between Hugo and Adele
made them emotionally irresistible. But they were too young to know the
true meaning of love, they didn’t understand its needs. It was a childish
love, without thought to its responsibilities or its sacrifice. Even when
they made the supreme confession, they were mere children playing the game
of love. On the day of April 26, 1819 Victor (19 year old boy) and Adele
(16 year old lady) declared thheir love.
Adele was young and naive, and felt Victor had placed her too high on his
pedestal. And perhaps she was right. He loved her with all the passion of
two people have never fallen in love, and assured her that “It is our souls
which love each other, not our bodies”. For ten years, that is, practically
the whole of their marriage, Madame Adele Hugo had behaved in such a manner
and it was no surprise when the day of betrayal came.
Mr. Charles Saint Be
friend. Hugo helped the young Saint Beuve explore the realms of poetry.
Meanwhile, Saint Beuve had been secretly meeting Adele in churches and
rented rooms. When Hugo found out that Adele was unfaithful, his pain was
The life with Adele passed through Hugo’s eyes, he remembered all the
wonderful days spent together. Hugo was forced to seek happiness in
Juliette Drouet’s arms; it was the easiest way to forget his first true
love – Adele.