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Louis XVI
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Definition king of France from 1774 to 1792; his failure to grant reforms led to the French Revolution; he and his queen (Marie Antoinette) were guillotined (1754-1793)
  • Alas! there was nothing now but flats decorated in the Louis XVI style, all white paint, with hortensias in blue enamel.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way
  • They beheaded their monarchs—King Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette—and declared war on England, Spain, and Holland.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • When Louis XVI. was going to light out of the Tooleries a servant-girl done it.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Beheaded in 1793 for daring to defend Louis XVI and oppose Robespierre.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • In 1785 the Count de La Pérouse and his subordinate, Captain de Langle, were sent by King Louis XVI of France on a voyage to circumnavigate the globe.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The nobles in Louis XVI.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • , in Saint-Sulpice: volutes, knots of ribbon, clouds, vermicelli and chiccory leaves, all in stone;—the Paris of Louis XVI.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • ONE OF THE RARE OCCASIONS when the three American commissioners did anything together was the day of Adams's presentation to Louis XVI, on May 8, 1778.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • As long as he has for refrain nothing but la Carmagnole, he only overthrows Louis XVI.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Oh, I would rather mount the scaffold of my brother, Louis XVI.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Squinting at his surroundings he saw a plush Renaissance bedroom with Louis XVI furniture, hand-frescoed walls, and a colossal mahogany four-poster bed.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • It was a trial to rank with all the great trials in history—Charles I before the HighCourt of Justice, Louis XVI before the French Convention, and Warren Hastings before the House of Lords.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Why did Louis XVI. of France, at his own personal expense, fit out whaling ships from Dunkirk, and politely invite to that town some score or two of families from our own island of Nantucket?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • And I," continued Pierre, "shot Dolokhov because I considered myself injured, and Louis XVI was executed because they considered him a criminal, and a year later they executed those who executed him—also for some reason.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I drag the Louis XVI settee to rest before the window and think to remove my shoes before stepping onto her pink and green silk upholstery, my dress held high around my thighs, and I awkwardly squeeze myself into the open frame, looking down between my feet at the looming darkness.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Scarcely two years after the Declaration of Independence Franklin was instructed by Congress, on his appointment as minister to France, to employ "the language of the United States," not simply English, in all his "replies or answers" to the communications of the ministry of Louis XVI.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • In the red-carpeted front room, which felt like a room where you'd go to kiss your grandfather on the cheek after being freshly released from prison, large family-style gatherings of drinkers in Louis XVI—style chairs ate and smoked and shouted and pounded each other on the back around tables swagged with metallic gold fabric.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • But why did it not react on Louis XIV or on Louis XV—why should it react just on Louis XVI?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • To this question historians reply that Louis XIV's activity, contrary to the program, reacted on Louis XVI.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I wish WE'D a had the handling of Louis XVI.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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