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Louis(e) is based on the life of Louise Girardin who travelled as Louis with the D'Entrecasteaux
scientific expedition during the French Revolution.
Told from the perspective of her ghost, Louis(e) follows her living self through her trials on board
the Recherche. Louise's ghost abhors her living self, and attempts to create what distance she can
between them despite never being able to leave her side.
Louise is soon suspected of being a woman. Harrassed beyond endurance, she stabs an officer
with a kitchen knife and is challenged to a duel, which she fights with operatic dash on a beach
near Recherche Bay, Tasmania.
D'Entrecasteaux, the commander, encourages all on board to learn the natural sciences, and
Louise is an apt pupil. She learns of the sea, stars, flora and fauna, the difficulties of shipboard life,
and to love Merite.
But while Louise maintains her onboard deception there is a greater deception to be revealed.