An eighteenth-century French philosopher; one of the leading figures of the Enlightenment. He held that in the state of nature, people are good, but that they are corrupted by social institutions; this notion became a central idea of romanticism. Some of Rousseau's best-known writings are The Social Contract, an important influence on the French Revolution; Émile, a statement of his views on education; and his autobiography, The Confessions.
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The father, Jean Paul Kruse, was later charged with rape and sexual abuse.
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Major General Jean Kahwaji of the Lebanese armed forces recently declared an “open-ended war” with the militants.
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Aristide washed and powdered Jean himself, the landlord lounging by, pipe in mouth, administering suggestions.
Last night I saw Jean Baptiste lying prone upon the floor, and knew that she had beaten him down to it, and he had not resisted.
He had not estimated that if Jean Baptiste sought his wife secretly, it must have been because he wished to avoid him.
Jean grinned and dribbled self-consciously, and showed his two little teeth to the proudest father in the world.
The night passed amid various excursions on the part of Aristide and alarms on the part of Jean.