Ourika: An English Translation - Study Guide Ourika p. 7-16 Summary & Analysis

Claire de Duras
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When she was two years old, Ourika was brought to France from Senegal by Chevalier de B, who took pity on her as she was taken aboard a slaver, bought her and gave her to his aunt, Mme. la Marechale de B when he returned to France,. Thus, Ourika's life was saved twice by being rescued from slavery and by being placed under the protection of Mme. de B; however, she has since shown ingratitude to Providence by being so unhappy, but understanding does not bring happiness. Though she learned the circumstances of her earliest childhood much later, her first memories are of Mme. de B's drawing room where she was fondled and spoiled by Mme. de B and her enthusiastic circle of friends. Ourika's fondest desire was simply to sit and watch Mme. de B, whom she loved greatly. She could not...

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