Femme Fatale Friday: Manon

"A femme fatale, translating to "Deadly Woman" in french, is an alluring, seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers in bonds of irresistible desire.  Often this leads them into compromising, dangerous   and deadly situations." ~ Wikipeda

First, I must go into a little background of Manon, she first appears in Marcel Pagnol's Jean de Florette as a young girl.  Her father, Jean, inheritances some land with a spring on it.  His neighbors are not the welcoming type and plug up the stream with the thought process of him leaving and them buying out the land hence unplugging the water source.  Jean is determined to make a go at farming and getting water to his land.  Eventually, he is killed by a blow to the head while digging a well.  Their neighbors Cesar and Ugolin Soubeyran unstop the sacred spring unknowingly wittnessed by Manon, who then swears to get revenge.

Manon has become a young adult she learns that most of the village was aware of this act but because the Soubeyrans were a prominent family did nothing. Now, she decides to take revenge on the whole town and plugs up their water supply.  She then sits back and watches the whole village suffer.

To add the sexual side to this femme fatale, unbeknownst to her Ugolin watches her bath in the mountains and begins a sick fascination with her.  Even though she finds him repulsive she still drives him crazy.

On a last note, this is one of the only femme fatales who is justified in her behavior.  As she has been truly wronged and giving her father's murderer's their comeuppance.


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