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Virginie is a character from a 1882 novel by French romantic Bernardin du Saint-Pierre (Paul et Virginie). Though it has faded from history for the most part, the novel was a best-seller in its day and a very popular work.
Virginie, a white and virginal girl who grows up in an isolated tropical island, away from the “corruption” of french high society with its ballrooms and intrigue and fancy dresses, is a symbol of an ideal of pure, natural femininity for the time.
At the same time, she is completely demure and repressed, and her island life reproduces the values of the european middle class, complete with prayer, devotion to family, a fianceé and two black slaves. I tried to break away from her idealization and show a teenage girl with freckes and a pout-and-frowm that betray dissatisfaction with the pedestal she’s been put on.