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It was an ok visit but not perfect. Sometimes it is better to explore special places completely alone. The best visit was when I first went there at age 17 in February. The birds were singing although it was the dead of winter. I fell in love with the place and did not want to leave.

lucky I really didn't get to explore the Hameau itself. due to the lack of time i only got to walk around the actual trianon. Sounds amazing...
I did however stop by St. Denis to see the graves of the king and queen.

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Fri Nov 03, 2006 5:17 am
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I love the statues of them at Saint-Denis. There is a scene in "Madame Royale" of Therese going there on the anniversary of her father's death and sobbing aloud in public. She never got over losing her parents, especially her father, to whom she had been so close, a kindred soul.

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I love the statues of them at Saint-Denis. There is a scene in "Madame Royale" of Therese going there on the anniversary of her father's death and sobbing aloud in public. She never got over losing her parents, especially her father, to whom she had been so close, a kindred soul.

Me too. I bought a postcard of them and lost it the same day. I think it was when I went up on the Eiffle Tower :(
oh yes I just re read "The Retribution" chapter in "Madame Royale" last night when the Tsar is pleading for the life of a French Soilder and comments that if her father was here and she interuppts him to say "It is because of forsworn traitors like Labédoyère that my father is not here"
I loved that

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Yes, I think that scene conveyed all the pent-up frustrations of her life. She had no comprehension of people who would break oaths....But boy o boy, did she ever put the Tsar in his place.

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In the "Heroine" chapter, she was begging the soldiers and officers to remember their oaths but most of them didn't go along with it.


Sat Nov 04, 2006 8:35 pm
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Yes, she was very heroic to appeal directly to the soldiers, but the army was so devoted to Buonaparte. That is a great chapter, a bit stiff in parts, but it shows the princess' courage and determination.

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Yes, that would be an amazing scene to behold.

Its interesting cause Marie Therese does the one thing that her father failed to do. Which is go to the troops and attempt to rally them. And I think Buonaparte's comment that she is "the only man in her family" is very true.
Louis XVIII was sure quick to leave France :lol:

Buonaparte :lol:

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Well, I think that like most people who have lost everything, Marie-Therese had little to fear. I guess she thought, "All they can do is kill me" and death held no fear for her. She would rather die than live with the knowledge that she had not done her duty.

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Yeah its completely true and death probly would've been a bit of a release for her.

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Yes, but that is why she possessed such unflinching courage.

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Yes. It would've been quite an interesting page in History had she been able to get the Bordeaux regiment's to fight for her cause against Napolean. She definately would've more so made a name for herself in history

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Well, it was really because of her that the Bourbons were restored to the throne. She insisted that the men in the family go and fight Napoleon. And Angouleme ended up in Wellington's baggage train and became a hero at Bordeaux. He really could be courageous, but otherwise, I never understood what his problem was....

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I remember that from "Madame Royale" never was sure how true that was but its very nice to know. Its really annoying how little history ever mentions her.
Yeah Angouleme was brave. He attempted to fight Napolean during the 100 days and was captured. I wonder if Marie Therese intimidated him a lot. She was the Princess of France who had survived so many horrors. She had so much to her name and he was the Duc D'Angouleme

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Yes, that was all true about Angouleme being so brave in Bordeaux. I think it was the only way he could prove that he did love her.

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You think it was love, Therese?

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