A WOMAN OF THIRTY (La Femme de Trente Ans), a novel divided in six parts, has been written between 1828 and 1844.
The novel tells the story of Julie D'Aiglemont over a 25 years period. She married, as a young girl, the Marquis d'Aiglemont, who deceived very soon the romantic dreams of Julie. While the Marquis wasn't understanding his wife's languidness, Lord Grenville, an english noble and doctor, managed to cure Julie from her neurosis and be loved by her.
After the death of Lord Grenville and years of mourning, Julie will cheat again on her husband with the diplomat Félix Vandenesse. She also will neglect more and more Hélène, the daughter she had with the Marquis d'Aiglemont. Hélène will never forgive her mother and, one night, she will leave home with a strange man wanted for murder.
The last part of the novel tells the decay of the d'Aiglemont family as the Marquis is ruined by financial speculations and forced to leave his family in order to try to make a new fortune in South America.
This report prepared by Daniel Staebler