Unmasking the Bourgeoisie

The Patisserie of Fate

A Love Story




Real Life

Juliette was walking with her father down the Rue de Petit Peres in Paris when she saw him. He was standing in the doorway of a patisserie lighting a cigar, and as Juliette and her father passed him he tipped his hat at them and smiled a greeting. Juliette's father nodded his head at the man, but Juliette could only stare at the man's green apple eyes.

The next day Juliette insisted that she and her father take another walk down the Rue de Petit Peres. Her father was delighted that his youngest daughter enjoyed breathing in the light air of spring and walking within the golden protection of the sun and its rays. But Juliette could neither feel the spring breeze nor the warm sun upon her skin; she wanted to find the man she had seen the previous day. She dressed in her best hoop skirt with her nicest bonnet tied crisply under her chin. Juliette was hoping that the man would be in the patisserie again so she could see him again. She became more anxious with every step that she and her father took towards the store, but when they reached it it was empty. Heartbroken, Juliette searched the street in the hopes that he would be standing in a different location, but he was not there.

Juliette's father had run into one of his friends and was talking with him when a third man approached and said, "Pardon, Monsieur, but may I walk your daughter home?" Juliette looked up and fell into a pair of green apple eyes. It was him! Juliette looked at her father who replied, "Alright." Juliette kissed her father's cheek, and took the arm that was being offered by the man.

"My name is Jean-Pierre," said the man.

And thus is the story of Juliette and Jean-Pierre who continue their courtship and become married in the fall.


This story shows how the Bourgeoisie dream of meeting their love and having it be a mutual and desireable feeling. A Bourgeois female also wants her love to be accepted by her parents (namely her father). In truth, a scenario like that of Jean and Juliette is quite farfetched because a Bourgeois female is supposed to marry a rich man and her parents are going to look at a man's wealth and not his "green apple eyes." Courtship and marriage are necessarily as beautiful and loving as Jean and Juliette's, either. Often times a wife was beaten by her husband or she grew bored with being married and petitioned for a divorce. Jean and Juliette had a chance encounter and a unique life together; unfortunately, most of the married Bourgeois in the 19th century did not find the same thing.