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Rose Keller

On April 3, 1768 the 36 year-old widow Rose Keller was begging on the Place des Victoires. She met the Marquis de Sade and went with him to a house on Rue de Lardenay in Arcueil. It was about 12:30 pm. The Marquis proceeded to tie up and whip Ms. Keller. From mid-back to lower thigh she was whipped "until she bled." The Marquis then made cuts on Rose Keller's flesh using a penknife for the purpose of dripping "molten sealing wax over her wounds." When she yelled out he threatened to kill her. After he sexually climaxed the Marquis untied Ms. Keller. He then gave her a kettle of water and a towel so she could clean herself. He brought her some food and a small bottle of wine. When finally left alone Ms. Keller managed to escape and reported the Marquis' behavior to law enforcement personnel.

Renee-Pelagie de Montreuil

She was born December 2, 1741, the Daughter of Claude-Rene Montreuil and Marie-Madeleine Masson de Plissay. She was 18 months younger then the Marquis de Sade whom she married on May 15, 1763. An obedient wife she allowed her husband to perform sodomy with her.

Constance Quesnet

Marie-Constance Renelle Quesnet met the Marquis de Sade on August 25, 1790. She was 33 and had been abandoned by her husband. Sade called her "Sensible." She was his constant companion from 1790 until his death. He would also take care of her son, Charles Quesnet. In August 1804 she joined him in the asylum at Charenton to be with him.

Anne-Prospere de Launay

Anne-Prospere was the Marquis de Sade's sister-in-law. She was his wife's younger sister. Born December 27, 1751. She may be the model for the character Julie in Sade's Portrait de Mlle de L****. It is probable that when his sister-in-law came to his home at La Coste in the Spring of 1771 Sade had a romantic affair with her. She was then 20, religious and a virgin. When Sade fled to Italy after the "Marseilles" affair Anne-Prospere was with him. Anne-Prospere died suddenly on May 13, 1781 in Paris of smallpox complicated by an inflammation of the lower abdomen.

Jeanne Testard

On October 18, 1765 the Marquis de Sade offered the 20 year old pregnant Testard 2 gold louis to go home with him. In his bedroom he asked the young woman if she believed in God, Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. When she said that she did the Marquis de Sade began masturbating and shouted out that Christ was a motherfucker. The Marquis then took Testard into another room that contained a variety of whips, religious and obscene paintings and engravings. Hanging on the wall were three ivory Christs. The Marquis de Sade took two of the ivory Christs down and trampled on one while using the other to masturbate. When he was finished he instructed the very reluctant Testard to do the same. She obliged only after the Marquis threatened to run her through with his sword. However she successfully resisted his instruction to take an enema and relieve herself on the ivory Christ. The Marquis and Ms. Testard spent the rest of the night together and he read profane and lascivious poetry to her. The next morning, despite having signed, at the Marquis' request, an agreement not to discuss the details of her encounter with him, Testard went to the police. After an investigation Sade was arrested on October 29 and put in the Vincennes prison.

Marie-Dorothee de Rousset

The Marquis de Sade met de Rousset in the Summer of 1778 after he was released from prison. Madame de Sade had employed her as a housekeeper/governess at their home at La Coste. Ms. de Rousset nicknamed the Marquis, "Monsieur le Fagot d'Epines" ("Mr. Prickly"). The Marquis' relationship with Ms. de Rousset was perhaps his most touching and sensitive. While the affair and affection was deep it was not overtly sexual. There was an eventual falling out between the two but the Marquis was always endeared to her. She was a devoted employee of Madame de Sade and worked tirelessly to help get Sade released from prison. She died on January 25, 1784 at the age of 40.

Madame de Montreuil

Madame de Montreuil was the Marquis de Sade's mother-in-law. Marie-Madeleine Masson de Plissay was also known as la Presidente. While her family was not from the same noble class as the Marquis they did represent the growing and increasingly influential bourgeoisie. Madame de Montreuil was instrumental in arranging her eldest daughter's marriage to the Marquis. She was, subsequently, very instrumental in assuring the Marquis' confinement as he had become quite an embarrassment to her and her family.

Mademoiselle Beauvoisin

Ms. Beauvoisin was a courtesan when she met the Marquis de Sade on April 26, 1765. She was one month pregnant when they became lovers. The Marquis and Ms. Beauvoisin spent July and August together. The Marquis' affair with this demoiselle greatly irritated his mother-in-law, Madame de Montreuil who kept the truth from her daughter, the Marquis' wife. Apparently the Marquis refrained from any cruelty with this lover. The affair ended on January 3, 1766 much to the Marquis' dismay.

Marguerite Coste

Ms. Coste was a 25-year-old prostitute when on Saturday evening June 27, 1772 she met the Marquis Sade in her Marseilles apartment. The Marquis offered her several pastilles from his crystal candy box. After a few moments he asked the prostitute to lie face down on the bed so that he could lick her bottom and she could fart into his mouth. She declined his request to sodomize her and after "amusing himself with her person" the Marquis paid her six francs and left. Ms. Coste spent the next week vomiting and suffering from severe stomach pain. Apparently Sade had dosed his candy with cantharis ("Spanish Fly") and Ms. Coste (among several other prostitutes visited by the Marquis) got violently ill. Ms. Coste eventually recovered but not before she set in motion the wheels of justice over the Marquis. On December 8, 1772 Sade was arrested in Italy in connection with what has become known as the "Marseilles Affair."

American First Ladies

Sarah Polk

1803-1891. She was the daughter of a Tennessee plantation owner and as such knew a life of privilege. She received formal education that was rare for women in her time. She was a devout Presbyterian. Encouraged by Andrew Jackson her relationship with James Polk resulted in a marriage on January 1, 1824. Sarah was 20, her husband and future President of the United States was 28. The couple never had any children. Sarah was devoted to her husband. She was bright and articulate. Some complained she exerted too much influence on her husband. Others consider her one of the finest of all first ladies.

Abigail Adams

1744-1818. Born in Weymouth, Massachusetts into a well-respected and socially prominent family she was the wife of one president and the mother of another. Typical of the times Abigail did not receive any formal education. She was good friends with Martha Washington (the nation's first First Lady) and she married John Adams, who would become the second U.S. President in 1764. She had three sons and two daughters.

Harriet Lane

1830-1906. Born into a family of prosperous merchants Harriet has the unique distinction of being the only "first lady" who was not married to the president. Harriet had been orphaned and her uncle, the future president became her legal guardian when she was nine years old. Buchanan has the distinction of being the only president who did not get married. Harriet received a private and formal education. Described as spontaneous, poised and endowed with beautiful golden hair she became nationally popular for her keen management of the social aspects of Buchanan's White House.

Julia Grant

1826-1902. Daughter of an affluent Missouri family Julia grew up on a plantation near St. Louis. She was given a formal and private education. She became engaged to the young military officer Ulysses Grant in 1844. The couple was married in 1848. Julia had four children. As first lady she entertained extensively and lavishly. During her reign as First Lady the Grecian columns were added to the White House. Julia was the first First Lady to write her memoirs. But these memoirs were not published until 1975, 73 years after her death. She died in 1902 and was buried next to her husband in his New York City tomb.

Lucretia Garfield

1832-1918. Lucretia was born in Hiram, Ohio to a socially prominent family. She received a formal education and got married to James Garfield in November 1858 when she was 26. She gave birth to seven children (five survived into adulthood.) Lucretia has been described as self-contained and reserved, slender, graceful with clear dark eyes and brown hair. She preferred a literary circle or informal parties to the more elaborate state dinners. After her husband's assassination Lucretia returned to Ohio to live.

Helen Taft

1861-1943. Helen was the daughter of a prominent family who was politically active and well connected. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and at age 17 she visited the White House, then occupied by President Hayes who was a close friend of her family. She married William Taft on June 19, 1886 and eventually had three children. Two months after moving into the White House she suffered a stroke. She recovered. It was Helen Taft who is largely responsible for the planting of the Japanese cherry trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.

Lou Hoover

1874-1944. Lou was born in Iowa and when she was 10 her family moved to California. She met her future husband Herbert Hoover in the geology laboratory at Stanford University in 1894. She was a freshman and he was a senior. They were married in 1899 and Lou would give birth to two sons. She had brown hair and a Stanford classmate described her as "slim and supple as a read." Her husband, President Hoover referred to his wife as a "symbol of everything wholesome in America."

Florence Harding

1860-1924. Florence was born into a wealthy Marion, Ohio family. She enjoyed a life of wealth, prestige and social position. She took music classes at the Cincinnati Conservatory. When she was 19 she eloped with a neighbor, Henry de Wolfe, with whom she had a son. She divorced de Wolfe in 1886 and married the future President Warren Harding in 1891. They did not have any children together. President referred to his wife as the "Duchess." Warren Harding was not a very faithful husband. He reportedly had been having secret affairs with two women, one of them the young mother of his seven-month-old illegitimate daughter, when he was picked as Republican nominee. His affairs continued during his presidency. There was obvious tension between husband and wife. When Harding died suddenly some speculated that Florence had poisoned him.

Nancy Reagan

Born July 6,1923. Nancy was born in New York City. When she was six her mother married a doctor named Loyal Davis who adopted his wife's child. With Davis the family moved to Chicago, Illinois. She was formally educated at the well-regarded Smith college in Massachusetts. After college she embarked on a career as a movie actress. Between 1949 and 1956 she appeared in eleven movies. In 1951 she met the future president Ronald Reagan who at the time was president of the Screen Actors Guild. She married Reagan in 1952. Nancy had two children, a son and a daughter. She is known for her stoic nature and devout devotion to her husband. As first lady she was engaged in the nation's so-called "war on drugs" and is credited with the slogan, "Just Say No To Drugs."


Published: January 9, 2001
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