"Then the Duchess of Abrantès, whose secretary he is in the dream, appears on the scene"

   Laure Martin de Permond (1784-1838) was an outspoken, extravagant socialite and wife of Jean-Andoche Junot, a French general during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.  Her travels through and social experiences of several European nations were transcribed in a series of works, the most famous of which are her Memoirs, which also record her encounters with Napoleon Bonaparte, who nicknamed here the ‘petite peste’.

 

Online edition of the Duchess’ ‘Memoirs’, (1831-1834)