Family Portrait of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
Week Twenty Seven (pg. 457-470 Hilaritas edition, Chapter 1&2 Part IV all editions)
By Gregory Arnott
Special guest blogger
Part IV begins with another scene in the mode of realism. The dregs of society gather to talk about the machinations of great men and debate their merits. Pierre, still riding on an upward tangent, has become a shopkeeper but is still troubled by dog shit. A fitting allegory for life.
Louis XVI was regarded much as the text and characters indicate.The poor guy had the lowest charisma score of perhaps any monarch in history.
I discussed Madame du Barry and Beaumarchais all the way back in my post for Week 8. I think, I hope, that what I wrote down still stands as a decent enough commentary on these figures. The Chevalier d’Eon was discussed a little more fully in the post for Week 4.
Finally Duccio recalls the very true story about Robespierre the student addressing the newly crowned King Louis and Marie Antoinette. He kneeled and recited an address composed in Latin verse and neither monarch seemed to care. It’s one of those funny moments that makes one wonder. As they say on Last Podcast on the Left: be sure to hug your aggressive, strange acquaintances- you never know when it might save your life.
From Eric: “With this week’s discussion of Beaumarchais, this seemed appropriate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKkJAu16yJ0 .”