He was independently wealthy,
having inherited from his parents' estate on their death.
Claude had lived in Montmartre, Paris,
before emigrating to Marquesa Island in French Polynesia.
He enjoyed a flamboyant lifestyle,
hosting many soirees.
It was at one of these he met fun-loving Prudence Brennan.
They married and had 3 children:
Antoinette b. 1891
and twins Henri and Pierre b. 1893.
Claude abandoned Prudence in 1899
to return to Montmartre, Paris,
with his long-time mistress, Berthe.
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