Gacon-Dufour, Marie Armande Jeanne – (1753 – 1835)
French novelist, polemicist, essayist and historian
Marie Gacon-Dufour was born in Paris and resided in Brie-Comte-Robert. She edited the personal correspondence of the Duchesse de Chateauroux, the beautiful, but unpopular mistress of Louis XV, and produced memoirs of the Valois and Bourbon courts. Madame de Gacon-Dufour wrote a Memoire pour le sexe feminin contre le sexe masculin (Defence of the Female Sex Against the Male) (1787), and published the essay, De la necessite de l’instruction pour les femmes (On the Need for Education for Women) (1805). She also wrote concerning a wide variety of other subjects, which included the compilation of manuals for housekeepers and perfumiers, and was a co-founder of the Bibliotheque Agronomique. Her novels included, Le prejuge vaincu (Prejudice Overcome) (1787), and, Les Dangers de la prevention (The Dangers of Foresight) (1806), and she published the memoirs Anecdotes Secrets Galantes, Historiques et Inedites (1807).
Harry smiled, scooping up Hermione's hand as they headed out to the dance floor. As he took her in his arms, Harry was once again struck at how beautiful his girlfriend was. Granted, he knew that most of the boys in the fourth year dorm thought Hermione to be 'decent looking'. However, to him, she was beautiful. To top it, this night, she was stunning. Her hair up in a French braid exposing her delectable neck while the strapless gown gave Harry a stunning expanse of creamy skin. Her midnight blue silk gown shimmered and clung to her curves…