After a childhood spent in the Normandy countryside, Charlotte Corday now found herself enclosed in a town, in an abbey. Her character, and desire to learn, eventually allowed her to work as a secretary. The riots of 1789 and the closure of the convents in 1790 forced her to return to the Pays d’Auge to her father, who was much poorer and much more bitter.
So, Charlotte Corday, who was now 22 years old, decided to return to Caen and managed to find accommodation at 148, rue Saint-Jean, with Mme de Bretteville - another distant relative of Marie Corneille. She spent her free time reading journals, and the works of Corneille, Racine, the Abbé Reynal, and J.-J. Rousseau, distancing herself politically even further from her close circle.