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La Carte de Tendre, in Clélie  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is Mademoiselle de Scudéry’s Carte de TendreIt is not clear.  In fact, I suspect that only the original map is still clear. It was probably engraved by François Chauveau.

However, one can see the three rivers, Inclinaison, Estime, Reconnaissance (gratitude) and the Mer dangereuse, or dangerous sea. Inclinaison is romantic love.

I will add a link, just in case the details might be more visible.  Love in the Salons: a glimpse.

On the right side of the map, we see a lake called Lac d’Indifférence (boredom).


© Micheline Walker
5 October 2011