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The Real Michel

Some pictures of the real Michel for those who are reading The General's Mistress:



This is Michel in 1798, as he appeared when Elza first met him at Moreau's reception. That hairstyle was out of fashion even then, and it truly does nothing for him! And he talked about fishing.



This is a detail of a painting called "Moreau at Hohenlinden." That's Victor on the light colored horse in the center. Michel is to the right, with his back mostly to the viewer, on the big brown horse. That's Eleazar, and you can see Michel's long pony tail, the beard he's grown in the field, and the breadth of his shoulders and his size compared to the other men. He's a big guy!



And then this is Michel older, ten years later as he'll appear in the later books.

What do you guys think? Is this how you imagined him?

Comments

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selenak
Oct. 31st, 2012 06:12 am (UTC)
Well, I'm biased because I actually had seen pictures of him before.:) But I always mentally cast him as a younger (then older) Colm Meany. That kind of solid homeliness that's not dashing but long term attractive.
jo_graham
Oct. 31st, 2012 12:12 pm (UTC)
I see the resemblance to Colm Meany! I also see Sean Astin. Yes, solid homeliness that gets better with age. Elza thinks he's utterly gorgeous, which says something about her!
hiveshipmist
Apr. 1st, 2014 02:49 pm (UTC)
It's always interesting to hear descriptions of others filtered through cultural lenses. I expected his red hair would have been more prominent. To those of mainland Europe, a touch of strawberry blond would probably stand out and be classified as bright red. His broad shoulders are well-conveyed in the paintings.
jo_graham
Apr. 1st, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it looks like a darker auburn in the portraits, though in the youngest one it's light enough that I imagine it would have been coppery in sunshine.

Definitely broad shoulders! :) I do love the scruffy looking Michel in the middle picture.
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