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  • Historians are unsure as to whether Marie Antoinette really said "Let them eat cake" in response to being told they had no bread to eat.
  • He could have asked me anything, like what’s the specific gravity of honey or what kind of bra did Marie Antoinette wear, and I would not have found it odd.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Mrs. Traynor stood to the side of the crowd, gazing at the chaos like Marie Antoinette viewing a load of rioting peasants.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • She looked like Marie Antoinette.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses

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  • Maria de’ Medici alongside Charles V, William of Orange and Marie Antoinette.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • And inside, as we wandered through Marie Antoinette music-rooms and Restoration salons, I felt that there were guests concealed behind every couch and table, under orders to be breathlessly silent until we had passed through.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The cemetery of the Madeleine, a terrible pauper’s grave in 1793, was covered with jasper and marble, since the bones of Louis XVI. and Marie Antoinette lay in that dust.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She would like the relics of great people better, for I’ve seen her Napoleon’s cocked hat and gray coat, his baby’s cradle and his old toothbrush, also Marie Antoinette’s little shoe, the ring of Saint Denis, Charlemagne’s sword, and many other interesting things.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Lady Mary Caerlyon was brought up at a Parisian convent; the Dauphiness Marie Antoinette was her godmother.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I wonder if Marie Antoinette looked all the grander when her gown was darned at the elbows.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss

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  • The execution of the Princesse de Lamballe, Marie Antoinette’s young and charming friend, had filled every one in England with unspeakable horror, the daily execution of scores of royalists of good family, whose only sin was their aristocratic name, seemed to cry for vengeance to the whole of civilised Europe.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • There was Lady Crowan too, monstrous in purple, disguised as I know not what romantic figure of the past, it might have been Marie Antoinette or Nell Gwynne for all I knew, or a strange erotic combination of the two, and she kept exclaiming in excited high-pitch tones, a little higher than usual because of the champagne she had consumed, ’You all have me to thank for this, not the de Winters at all.’
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • It was not easy, because old Don Sancho believed the legend that the beautiful frame, carved by Viennese cabinetmakers, was the twin of another, which had belonged to Marie Antoinette and had disappeared without a trace: a pair of unique jewels.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • She had a marvelous pack of playing cards, acquired from a lady on board; the picture cards were in the fashion of Marie Antoinette, and the backs of the cards bore gold fleurs-de-lis on gleaming violet.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • 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
  • More and more, as the years passed, she devoted herself to sporadic reading—biography (Daniel Boone or Marie Antoinette), what is called "good fiction," books on social betterment—and to work without pay for a settlement house and an orphanage.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • He was the Marquis’s father-in-law, the old Duke de Laverdiere, once on a time favourite of the Count d’Artois, in the days of the Vaudreuil hunting-parties at the Marquis de Conflans’, and had been, it was said, the lover of Queen Marie Antoinette, between Monsieur de Coigny and Monsieur de Lauzun.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • To say that Mrs. Nightwing is displeased with me is to say that Marie Antoinette received a small neck scratch.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Sally always said she had French blood in her veins, an ancestor had been with Marie Antoinette, had his head cut off, left a ruby ring.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • The one broken window that permanently wouldn’t roll up had destroyed her perfectly curled blond prom-hair, and by the time we got to the gym she looked like Marie Antoinette with bedhead.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • But in the account Adams gave years afterward, it was the graceful Marie Antoinette, agleam in diamonds and finery, who remained most vivid in memory: She was an object too sublime and beautiful for my dull pen to describe…… Her dress was everything art and wealth could make it.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "Persuaders" called to her from raised platforms, seeking to entice her into the Moorish Palace with its room of mirrors, its optical illusions, and its eclectic wax museum, where visitors saw figures as diverse as Little Red Riding Hood and Marie Antoinette about to be guillotined.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Not that Flora had ever seen Marie Antoinette, but she had read about her in a "TERRIBLE THINGS CAN HAPPEN TO YOU!" issue on the French Revolution.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Marie Antoinette, from the little bit that Flora knew about her, would have made a very bad waitress.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Her big Marie Antoinette hair scraped against Flora’s chin.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • WHEN DURING THAT SPRING of 1785 Queen Marie Antoinette gave birth to a son, the Duke of Normandy, a Te Deum was sung in thanks atNotre Dame, with the King himself taking part.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • She had pawned her grandmother’s ring which Marie Antoinette had given her greatgrandfather to come to Bourton.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • Some few still exist who have beheld Frederick the Great, Doctor Johnson, Marie Antoinette, &c.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Servants help Marie Antoinette and Sir Walter Raleigh, Napoleon and Queen Elizabeth from their coaches.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Oh yes, Sally remembered; she had it still, a ruby ring which Marie Antoinette had given her great-grandfather.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • That October, Marie Antoinette went to the guillotine, as did Brissot de Warville, who had visited the Adamses in Quincy.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Sir, sir, I am sorry for Marie Antoinette, archduchess and queen; but I am also sorry for that poor Huguenot woman, who, in 1685, under Louis the Great, sir, while with a nursing infant, was bound, naked to the waist, to a stake, and the child kept at a distance; her breast swelled with milk and her heart with anguish; the little one, hungry and pale, beheld that breast and cried and agonized; the executioner said to the woman, a mother and a nurse, ’Abjure!’ giving her her choice…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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