1802 – At the insistence of his mother, Eugene returned to France at the age of 20. His mother had divorced his father in order to regain the family wealth from the Revolutionary authorities who had confiscated the properties of the nobility.
Eugene threw himself into the lifestyle of a young nobleman. He had no sense of direction and one finds him alternating between a life of pleasure and a life of boredom with no future prospects.
There is not a single girl who suits me in Aix… And above all, the one I want must be very rich, and that is difficult to find.
Letter to his father, 10 May 1804, Mejanes Library Aix
How can one have enough of the pleasures that the charming city of Aix presents me with ?
Letter to his father, 27 January 1804, Mejanes Library Aix
Take all that into account, and you will see that one could die of pleasure in Aix..
Letter to his father, 18 January 1805, Mejanes Library Aix
It has to be said, this repugnance is also due to the fact that it is not in my character to spend my life planting cabbages. I have the feeling that I am not where I should be, and I get angry when I see the best years of my life draining away in idle obscurity. You can judge yourself if I should be bright and cheerful when you know that these thoughts go round and round in my head whenever I am alone..