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Henri Rousseau the Dounier as many people called him lived in a world of his own It was a world filled with ghosts and goblins eternal Sunday paintings and simple worries This world I believe I also share with Henri Rousseau We are alike in many aspects of personality talent and friends Not many people remind me of myself but Rousseau is the only person to have done this We are different in some aspects of our talents because his lies in the arts while mine lie in sports Our personalities are also alike in that we both exude a degree of innocence that many people like to test and take advantage of Also the way my career is developing and the way his did are along the same path The Dounier was misunderstood in this familiar phrase It was only due to Apollinaire that he was called this because he should have been called the gabelou He should have received this name because of his employment in the Paris Municipal Toll Service Like Rousseau I have many nicknames some of which drive me absolutely insane Im glad that he didnt have to endure the nicknames of Bob Care-bear or Fairy While I realize that mine are in jest I can not help but wonder if Rousseau truly appreciated the title of duonier Was it something thrust upon his mantle with no hope of removing or did he gladly accept it Only he knows that He continued with this job for fifteen years while being married to Clemence They had nine children but only two of them survived When Clemence died Rousseau gave the children into the care of their aunt and uncle He was free then to become the person that he truly wanted to be He was no longer bound to family ties financial accountability or to his old world He became the bachelor painter Rousseaus
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