"Rodrigo's Pages"? Well he undoubtedly led a colourful life until the collapse of his finances. He suffered from, I think, a complaint which was common enough amongst French writers and artists of the 19th century which they called nostalgie de la boue, a longing for the gutter, hence his writing pornographic novels because he didn't really need the cash, his fondness for absinthe, addiction to probably, and I suspect that his amours, apart from with his lover the Countess Ernestine, were with lower-class ladies or girls just like those of Toulouse-Lautrec, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Gautier, the Goncourt Brothers, Verlaine, Rimbaud, etc. etc.
But I ramble, marvellous what a drop of sun can do.