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  •  Not to mention the apocryphal (3+ / 0-)
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    story about the Christmas she gave her children:

    Wishing to give her children yet another lesson of beneficence [during the long and severe winter of 1783-84], she desired me on New Year’s eve to get from Paris, as in other years, all the fashionable playthings, and have them spread out in her closet. Then taking her children by the hand, she showed them all the dolls and mechanical toys which were ranged there, and told them that she had intended to give them some handsome New Year’s gifts, but that the cold made the poor so wretched that all her money was spent in blankets and clothes to protect them from the rigour of the season, and in supplying them with bread; so that this year they would only have the pleasure of looking at the new playthings.
    Also, from Wikipedia:
    Marie Antoinette was determined that her daughter should not grow up to be as haughty as her husband's unmarried aunts. She often invited children of lower rank to come and dine with Marie-Thérèse and encouraged the child to give her toys to the poor. In contrast to her image as a materialistic queen who ignored the plight of the poor, Marie Antoinette attempted to teach her daughter about the sufferings of others.
    Frankly, Marie Antoinette received a lot of undeserved bad press over the centuries. She was no saint in life, but she did her best to be a caring and giving person - and not just to her immediate circles of friends and family.

    "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

    by Australian2 on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 12:19:14 PM PDT

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