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Marie Antoinette

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Definition Queen of France (as wife of Louis XVI) who was unpopular; her extravagance and opposition to reform contributed to the overthrow of the monarchy; she was guillotined along with her husband (1755-1793)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Maria de' Medici alongside Charles V, William of Orange and Marie Antoinette.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • 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
  • I wonder if Marie Antoinette looked all the grander when her gown was darned at the elbows.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Lady Mary Caerlyon was brought up at a Parisian convent; the Dauphiness Marie Antoinette was her godmother.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • She looked like Marie Antoinette.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • 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

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