About ?? who ?? | Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: About ?? who ??

July 21, 2008

About ?? who ??

Can you figure out what 18th century socialite this description is about??

"She is a charming and honorable woman, somewhat young, a little thoughtless, but essentially decent and virtuous...she also has spirit and a keenness which surprised me. Her first reaction is always correct; if she would only act according to it, . . . and pay less attention to the gossips, . . . she would be perfect."

Heather Carroll said...

Est-elle française?

Lo said...


Heather Carroll said...

Hmm just a wild guess but Lambelle?

Lo said...

no! not Lambelle! good guess though!! :o)

Elyse said...

Marie Antoinette herself? This sounds vaguely like her brother, Joseph II.

Lo said...

Oh! and Elyse has hit it right on the mark!!!!!

It is in fact a description of Marie by Joseph II in a letter to brother Leopold, April 1777.


Heather Carroll said...

A trick question!

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