Although somewhat idiosyncratic, this form of address is not untypical of a couple of their generation.
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What is perhaps surprising to some readers is the nature of these letters, for they are not philosophical in orientation, nor sociological.
Second, Beauvoirs incessant usage of the adjective petit (little while a very common element in many colloquial expressions in French, is most noticeable when referring to Sartre as her dear little being or her dear little husband.
After that summer, Sartre and Beauvoir developed a relationship that is both admirable and perplexing, including what some would see as infidelities as well as unshakable commitment to each other, to shared social values, and to what has been described as a morganatic union.