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Paul et Virginie

Index: El Sur, Artificios, Ficciones, OC,Obras completas. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 1974. 528.

Bernardin de Saint Pierre romance, 1787

Fishburn and Hughes: An popular novel by Bernardin de St Pierre, published in 1787, the romantic tale of the pure love of Paul and Virginie, childhood sweethearts living in Mauritius, who become separated when Virginie is forced to travel to her native France. Eventually she returns to be reunited with her lover, but her ship is wrecked by a hurricane within a short distance of the shore. Had she consented to take off her clothes she might have swum to safety, but her modesty was such that she refused and perished. Paul, grief-stricken, follows her to his death. The South