chapter  1
Childhood stories
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Such legal considerations probably seemed irrelevant initially, and the Tristan family’s prospects certainly seemed satisfactory in 1806. In May of that year Mariano Tristan bought a property at Vaugirard, a rural commune on the outskirts of Paris. The property had two sets of buildings, courtyards and extensive gardens, and cost him 12,000 francs. After paying a deposit of 2,000 francs, he undertook to pay the balance over ten years.5 Mariano’s military career had apparently reached a stalemate, but he took in tenants to supplement his inherited income, and was sufficiently comfortable to employ several domestic servants.