Patrice Egan told Stephen something "About the nature of women he read in Michelet." Jules Michelet was a 19th century Republican historian—anti-monarchist, anti-clerical, free-thinking—whose History of the French Revolution and History of France established him as an important writer and endeared him to the French left. It is easy to see why the socialist and atheist Patrice would be reading him. On "the nature of women," however, Michelet was anything but a revolutionary thinker.

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Portrait of Jules Michelet, oil on canvas painting ca. 1850-1879 by Thomas Couture, held in the Carnavalet Museum, Paris. Source: Wikimedia Commons.