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After the publication of Petite Lotte, Simone Bodève continued working as a short-hand typist for Paz et Silva, located at 55, rue Saint-Anne in the second arrondissement of Paris. She continued supporting the cause of her colleague De Bouhelier and she is mentioned left-wing newspaper l'Aurore in 1908.
 Ollendorff publishers took over Bonvallot and published her second novel 'Clo' in 1908 which Romain Rolland praises to his literary friends. Newspaper ‘Le Rappel’ writes a favourable review about Clo. In 1909, Simone was subsequently commissioned to write four short stories (les Premiers Pas, l’habitude, la gaffe, la tour) for popular newspaper Le Petit Parisien. At the time  Simone was working both as a writer and a short-hand typist for Paz and Silva ). Fernand Baldet, her future brother-in-law met her sister Marguerite (also a short-hand typist) while working for her brother Henri; he described her as being supportive and preoccupied with work.
Claire Géniaux, a journalist who met Simone Bodève at the time described her as being slender, pale, nervous and chatty; her face that was still young looked so wrinkled and weary that the journalist wondered whether this was due to chronic lack of sleep. This remarks highlight the quandaries that many working-class writers face: they need to support themselves through full-time work and also find time to write.

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