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Forty-Nine Year Old – Jack Pinchwife


HORNER: But, prithee, why would’st thou marry her? If she be ugly, ill-bred, and silly, she must be rich then?

PINCHWIFE: As rich as if she brought me twenty thousand pound out of this town; for she’ll be as sure not to spend her moderate portion as a London baggage would be to spend hers, let be what it would; so ‘tis all one. Then, because she’s ugly she’s the likelier to be my own; and being ill-bred, she’ll hate conversation; and since silly and innocent, will not know the difference betwixt a man of one-and-twenty and one of forty.

HORNER: Nine – to my knowledge; but if she be silly she’ll expect as much from of forty-nine as from him of one-and-twenty.

William Wycherley, The Country Wife 

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Forty-Nine Year Old: Léonie Vallon


At the age of forty-nine, Léonie Vallon, called Léa de Lonval, was nearing the end of a successful career as a richly kept courtesan. She was a good creature, and life had spared her the more flattering catastrophes and exalted sufferings. She made a secret of the date of her birth; but willingly admitted – with a look of voluptuous condescension for Chéri’s special benefit – that she was approaching the age when she could indulge in a few creature comforts. She liked order, fine linen, wines in their prime, and carefully planned meals at home. From an idolized young blonde she had become a rich middle-aged demi-mondaine without ever attracting any outrageous publicity. Not that she went in for any pretences. Her friends remembered a Four-in-Hand Meet at Auteuil, about 1895, when the subeditor of Gil Blas had addressed her as ‘dear artist’ and she had answered: ‘Artist! Oh come, my good friend, my lovers must have been telling tales…’

Her contemporaries were jealous of her imperturbable good health, and the younger women, whose figures were padded out in front and behind after the fashion of 1912, scoffed at her opulent bust. Young and old alike envied her the possession of Chéri.

Colette, Chéri

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