Houdetot, Elisabeth Franchise Sophie De La Live De
HOUDETOT, ELISABETH FRANCHISE SOPHIE DE LA LIVE DE BELLEGARDE, COMTESSE DE (1730-1813), was born in 1730. She married the comte de Houdetot (see above) in 1748. In 1753 she formed with the marquis de Saint Lambert (q.v.) a connexion which lasted till his death. Mme de Houdetot has been made famous by the chapter in Rousseau's Confessions in which he describes his unreciprocated passion for her. When questioned on the subject she replied that he had much exaggerated. A view differing considerably from Rousseau's is to be found in the Memoires of Mme d'Epinay, Mme de Houdetot's sister-in-law.
For a discussion of her relations with Rousseau see Saint- MarcGirardin in the Revue des deux mondes (September 1853).
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