Thursday, April 25, 2013
Madame Campan's memoirs go on to say "While doing justice to the virtues of the Comtesse de Noailles, those sincerely attached to the Queen have always considered it as one of her earliest misfortunes not to have found, in the person of her adviser, a woman indulgent, enlightened, and administering good advice with that amiability which disposes young persons to follow it. The Comtesse de Noailles had nothing agreeable in her appearance; her demeanor was stiff and her mien severe…. The Dauphiness was perpetually tormented by the remonstrances of the Comtesse de Noailles…" Marie Antoinette, in her lighthearted, irreverent way, nicknamed her Mistress of the Household, Madame L'Etiquette.
It takes me off topic, but I have to mention that the Comtesse became, at the least, innocuously demented towards the end of her life. After being one of those Court members that spread rumors and held grudges against the Queen, thus paving the way for the Revolution, the Comtesse eventually became a victim to the reality she'd helped create. Someday I'll relate the memoirs of an abbé who accompanied the Comtesse and her relatives to the scaffold.