Reblogged from Victorian Paris:
One of the largest differences between the Brits and the French was their attitude toward women. The British gentleman suffered women where he could not avoid them and avoided them where he could by seeking refuge in men-only clubs. The Frenchman, on the contrary, did not feel bright unless there were women around. He did seek them out during his leisure time and he was keen to converse in their company. The French were never afraid of clever women and they allowed them to rule as the salonnières.
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