Adele's syndrome or what was the illness of Victor Hugo's daughter

Adele Hugo was the youngest daughter of the renowned writer, besides a very beautiful woman and a gifted pianist. The rich beauty, one of the most coveted brides in Paris, had no end to her gentlemen, who were vying with each other to offer her a hand and a heart. But Adele was laid-back, cheerful and ... indifferent to the fans until she liked a young man named Albert Pinson.

From the first glance at the unknown British officer, Adele Hugo decided that she had met her fate. She did not know anything about his character or about his habits (among which there were many pernicious), but with all exaltation she devoted her life to the chosen man: she left her house, moved to those cities and countries where Pinson was transferred to military service, looked for any reasons see him as often as possible.

To understand how much Adele was in love, you should pay attention to the fact that when Pinson was transferred to serve in Halifax (Canada), Adele secretly followed him from her parents, and to pay for the trip, she stole jewelry from her own mother.

During the three years that Adele spent in Halifax, she told others that there was an engagement between them, and that the groom's family was against their relationship. She claimed that she had given birth to a stillborn child from Pinson, and, finally, in a letter to her brother François-Victor, she wrote that she had married Albert. Despite some doubts, Adele's relatives published a message about the wedding in a newspaper published on the island of Guernsey. Later, Adele confessed to her brother that there was no wedding, but she continued to hope that the marriage would take place, for which she hired a hypnotist to help persuade Albert to marry her.

Adele Hugo did not stop that Albert did not reciprocate her. She did not notice his contempt and disdain. The woman lived her own invented world, where she was mentally the wife of an officer, paid off his gambling debts and considered it her duty to endure the "antics of her husband."

When the officer decided to marry the daughter of a local judge, Adele wrote a letter to the judge, in which she stated that she was Albert's wife. The engagement was eventually canceled.

In 1866, Pinson was transferred to the West Indies on the island of Barbados, Adele followed him. Little is known about her later life on the islands, but her mental state deteriorated. Adele insisted that she be called "Madame Pinson." Observers described her as "sad, in disheveled clothes that were not suitable for tropical climates." She constantly wrote something down, wandered the streets. The boys threw stones at her, so she preferred to go out in the dark.

In 1872, Adele was brought to France. It was a sad return - with the exception of the father, everyone else in the family had already died. Adele's mind was completely clouded and she spent the rest of her life in a psychiatric hospital. Her father visited her periodically, until his death in 1885. Adele died in 1915, she could hardly speak, but her face retained traces of her former beauty.

The story of Adele's unrequited love became known to the public, and in literary circles the term "Adele's syndrome" became widespread, which describes cases of passionate unrequited platonic love. Experts in the field of psychiatry who have studied this precedent are confident that if more attention was paid to a woman's illness from the very beginning, her mind could be saved.

The story of this unrequited tragic love formed the basis of the plot of the film by François Truffaut "The Story of Adele G." And psychiatrists immortalized her name, assigning it to the syndrome of love madness ...