Her life was as strange and adventurous as any of her novels, which are for the most part idealized versions of the multifarious incidents of her life.
In both novels I pointed out the dangers and pains of an ill-assorted marriage.
The motive of this and of the succeeding novels of what may be called her second period is free (not to be confounded with promiscuous) love.
Afterwards she vivisects it, stuffs it, and adds it to her collection of heroes for novels."
Antoine (1847) are all socialistic novels, though they are much more, and good in spite of the socialism.