“AS FOR ME, I WAS OVER SIX BEFORE I UNDERSTOOD ANY MORE FRENCH OR PERIGORDIAN THAN ARABIC”
Some exaggerations in Montaigne's self-portrait
In this paper I intend to analyze the plausibility of putting together two statements of Montaigne about himself. In the essay about the education of the children, Montaigne claims not to have heard any word of French or Perigordian before his six years; in the essay about experience, he tells us that his father sent him to be brought up in a poor village, and kept him there as long as he was been nursed. My point is that it seems implausible that Montaigne have not heard at least any word of Perigordian during his childhood.