Confessions, volumes 5 and 6

Jean-Jacques ROUSSEAU (1712 - 1778)

"She was more to me than a sister, a mother, a friend, or even than a mistress, and for this very reason she was not a mistress; in a word, I loved her too much to desire her..."

More of the amours of the twentysomething Jean-Jacques: here initiated into a strangely compromised manhood by his "maman" and perennial comforter -

"Was I happy? No: I felt I know-not-what invincible sadness which empoisoned my happiness, it seemed that I had committed an incest, and two or three times, pressing her eagerly in my arms, I deluged her bosom with my tears. On her part, as she had never sought pleasure, she had not the stings of remorse..."

(Introduction by Martin Geeson)

Genre(s): Psychology, Memoirs

Language: English

Group: The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Vol. 5: "It was, I believe, in 1732..." Martin Geeson
00:17:23
Play 02 02 - "At that time, the study I am now speaking of..." Martin Geeson
00:18:42
Play 03 03 - "Behold me then so full of this concert..." Martin Geeson
00:16:12
Play 04 04 - "This is, perhaps, the only time..." Martin Geeson
00:18:03
Play 05 05 - "However this might be..." Martin Geeson
00:20:21
Play 06 06 - "If some false principles misled her..." Martin Geeson
00:17:30
Play 07 07 - "At Chambery they did not give us the trouble..." Martin Geeson
00:20:19
Play 08 08 - "I am now about to relate another..." Martin Geeson
00:17:21
Play 09 09 - "I now touch on the moment..." Martin Geeson
00:18:00
Play 10 10 - "My uncle Bernard died at Carolina..." Martin Geeson
00:19:15
Play 11 11 - "Any one would allow that it would have been..." Martin Geeson
00:15:36
Play 12 12 - Vol. 6: "Hoc erat in votis..." Martin Geeson
00:25:24
Play 13 13 - "Having left my scholars for so long..." Martin Geeson
00:25:40
Play 14 14 - "From these studies I passed..." Martin Geeson
00:16:50
Play 15 15 - "The writings of Port-Royal..." Martin Geeson
00:19:14
Play 16 16 - "My health was not yet re-established..." Martin Geeson
00:17:46
Play 17 17 - "We arrived at Valence to dinner..." Martin Geeson
00:19:52
Play 18 18 - "I was so much better..." Martin Geeson
00:17:29
Play 19 19 - "My impatience to arrive at Chambery..." Martin Geeson
00:22:46
Play 20 20 - "Insensibly, I found myself desolate and alone..." Martin Geeson
00:25:15