Kurt Elizabeth Hummel was the son of Burt Hummel, a blacksmith, and his devoted wife, Elizabeth. They were humble family, but with plenty of love for each other. Elizabeth’s beautiful singing voice often echoed through their house, and Kurt loved to listen to her and to sing along. Since that early age Kurt knew he wanted to be a singer, a dream that worried his father who knew how hard it was to survive at that time in France. But still the Hummels would never discourage their child from his dreams. When Kurt turned eight, his mother became pregnant with a second child. The mixed feelings about having to share his parents’ love with a new baby were slowly replaced with nothing but worry as his mother’s health grew weaker over time. Elizabeth Hummel died in childbirth in 1823. The baby girl she bore was already born dead.

Devastated beyond description Burt and his son did tried their best to carry on on their own and care for each other. Kurt, who never cared for his father’s occupation, would help around the shop. As he grew older, he started singing in taverns and on the streets to bring in some extra money - he had an expensive taste to feed. However in the last couple of years, his father’s health has come to deteriorate and he can no longer keep the shop open. The money Kurt made singing was not enough to sustain them both, let alone to buy medicine and pay doctors. Desperate to save his father, Kurt turned to something that had often been suggested to him before: prostitution. He wasn’t sure what people saw in him but they paid. Some of them paid really well. It impossible to refuse. He lied to his father, telling him he earned all his money singing, and he did feel guilty about it. But keeping him alive was his main concern.

Despite his hard life, Kurt has not given up on his dreams of becoming a well-known and well paid singer in a theatre or in rich saloons He curses the society he lives in everyday, because it’s not just him. All around him he sees the poor becoming more miserable every day and the bourgeois wealthier and more distant - almost indifferent to the suffering. So, he shares what he can, helps who he can, and he is a fierce supporter of the revolution. Even if he hates the violence of it. Being a loyalist doesn’t make you less human, does it? But it doesn’t hurt to sing the song of the people around the authorities either. And if it angers a policeman… Well, a dozen francs and Kurt will release anyone’s tension...

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