★ Pepa Pollet
Pepa polle was a French courtier. She was chief lady-in-waiting and Treasurer to the Empress of France, Eugenie de Montijo. She was a controversial figure as a personal favorite and influential confidante of the Empress, and was sometimes accused of abusing her influence.
1. Life. (Жизнь)
She was the daughter of the carlist General Narro de Ortega. Before marrying the Emperor, she had served as a lady-in-waiting to Eugenie and remained with her all her life. She married Colonel Pollet.
1.1. Life. Position at court. (Должность при дворе)
When Eugenie married Napoleon III in 1853, Pollet was appointed Treasurer to the Empress. She was the only Spaniard employed by the Empress of Spanish descent. She was the intermediary between the Empress and the merchants and was responsible for all her expenses. She guarded Eugenies jewelry and supervised her dressing. She was responsible for everything related to the eugenic personal economy and the female staff.
1.2. Life. Personality and contradictions. (Личность и противоречия)
Polle was described as a small and pale woman with poor health, a timid but irritable character and a strong Spanish accent, who was fiercely loyal to the Empress. She was ridiculed and subjected to some hostility because of her influence over the Empress, but Eugenie always defended her. Her temperament often provoked quarrels and domestic disputes among the servants, but Eugenie was so devoted to her that she agreed to mediate in these disputes. Despite her influence, Pollet was not known to use it for political purposes, as Eugenie refused to talk to any of her employees about politics. She was accused of abusing her official position for personal purposes. It was rumored that she had used her connections with the Empresss merchants to amass a fortune of two million francs.
1.3. Life. Later life and death. (Более поздние жизнь и смерть)
She accompanied Eugenie to England after the fall of the Third Empire in 1870. However, the English climate was not favorable for her health, so she returned to France, where she died soon after.
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