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Il me paraît tout à fait abusif de dire que Mathilde Mauté fut une disciple de Louise Michel, sous prétexte que celle-ci fut son institutrice et qu'elles restèrent amies. Kgroussos 12:23, 31 July 2007 (UTC) (It seems to me wrong to say that Mathilde Mauté was a disciple of Louise Michel on the pretext that she was her primary school teacher and that they stayed friends. --ROGER DAVIESTALK 10:06, 31 October 2007 (UTC))
I would agree. Louise Michel, "the red virgin", may have known Mathilde but it is of no significance. Mathilde was the suffering wife of Verlaine and should be known as such. Louise Michel should be known for her work as an anarchist (which I think is a little unkind, I prefer to think of her as a social reformer) and one of the communards. JHvW (talk) 20:00, 12 September 2009 (UTC)
The painting of a well-coiffed, clean-shaven Verlaine at the start of this article has to be about the least representative possible. There are many better ones in Wikipedia Commons. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 15:24, 25 January 2009 (UTC)
As many famous frenchmen in the nineteenth century, Paul Verlaine probably died from syphillis or gonorrhea (he was known to visit both female and male prostitutes). Diseases that would nowadays be treated with antibiotics. Because he was also addicted to alcohol, particularly absinthe, that may have been a contributing factor.
Verlaine was probably a genius and a very interesting person, although most of his talent seems to have been squandered. --JHvW(talk) 10:56, 31 August 2010 (UTC)