This is for Sonya’s Three Line Tales photo prompt, and I have chosen to pick up on the subject of the biography, Anatole France, and speculate why a genteel woman would have been interested in such an unconventional individual.
photo by Frank McKenna via Unsplash
She had always been drawn to dangerous men, dangerous in their politics and their relationships, without ever really understanding how their progressive ideas never seemed to include women.
He had insisted she perform the traditional female role of wife and mother, as if plying her with bouquets of roses could make up for being deprived of a life.
When he died, his political opponents called him a primitive, a scoundrel, a derivative second-rate writer, but only she, and his many mistresses, understood where the true shortcomings of his intellect lay.