Sunday, March 17, 2013

For Marie Antoinette, it was a baby, not a blob of tissue

Struggling to disguise her happiness over her first pregnancy, Marie Antoinette quipped with her husband, King Louis XVI:

“Your Majesty, I feel compelled to register a complaint against one of your subjects, a brash one, who gives himself permission to give me kicks in my womb.”

Vicente Vega, Diccionario ilustrado de frases célebres y citas literárias (Barcelona: Gustavo Gili, 1955), 405. ( translation.)

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