Madame Saint Ange and her niece Lucy Dean are the only people known to have survived a shipwreck off the coast of Dinard, Brittany. Madame Saint Ange has lost her beloved husband, and Lucy her fiance. This story tells of the year that follows as they struggle to recover their health and their interest in living.
Biographical and other notes
In late 1864 Margaret Oliphant stayed in the cottage described in this story. She had had her own bitter experiences with grief, and was still suffering deeply from the loss of her 10-year-old daughter Maggie, who had died suddenly of fever in Rome that January.
During her stay Mrs Oliphant had the real Marie photographed in her beautiful cap.
British publishing information
Periodical: Good Cheer (Xmas ed. of Good Words) Dec 1867