"All that we read in Holy Writ of the excesses that were punished by the deluge, and of the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah, does not eve approach the life that is led in Paris. . . . Nothing is more rare than religious belief: no one is ashamed of vice . . . and if the King were asked to punish all those who deserved it, he would have neither princes, nobles or servants left . . . no house in France would be out of mourning. . . "
From a letter written by a foreign lady living in Paris back home to Germany