Gustave Flaubert, to his love, Louise Colet – 1846

When you come across a letter like the one below, there is no denying the depth of the passion and love that exudes from each line. It’s a beautiful thing to have a declaration of love in writing. We think you’ll be pleased with this letter from French poet, Gustave Flaubert to his love, Louise Colet.  Enjoy.


August 15, 1846

I will cover you with love when next I see you,
with caresses, with
ecstasy. I want to gorge yu with all the joys of
the flesh, so that
you faint and die. I want you to be amazed by me,
and to confess to
yourself that you had never even dreamed of such
transports… When
you are old, I want you to recall those few hours,
I want your dry
bones to quiver with joy when you think of

Gustave Flaubert, famous French writer, to his wife Louise Colet


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