Sunday, September 28, 2014

239 Quiz Answer

Marie Antoinette had a rustic retreat built in 1783 in Versailles.  It was a private place for the Queen and her closest friends.

(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "L" is for "Laura")

I’ll call her Laura.

(Though that was definitely not her name.)

The thing to know about her is that she had everything.

Especially money.  Huge amounts of the happy cabbage.  If she wanted something, she bought it.  She couldn’t think of any good reason not to.

You might be surprised to learn that Laura rarely visited the houses of the top fashion designers; instead, those top designers came to her place. 

And the place she lived in was too much.  An incredible house; the word “mansion” is inadequate to describe it.

Naturally she had a staff of gourmet chefs routinely turning out masterpieces of l’art culinaire.  She could have, had she so desired, a complete meal of nothing but fabulous desserts.  But the trouble is, when life itself is nothing but desserts there’s a fly in the crème caramel: it gets boring.

She knew, vaguely, that there was such a thing as poor people, with barren lives, and she had even heard that such types strongly resented her and her profligate ways.  But she didn’t allow it to worry her too much. What was important for her was that her existence was getting monotonous.

So she had a great idea.

She was tired of her sumptuous lifestyle, tired of opulence – it was all artificial.  She wanted to live real life, the way real people lived.  She believed that farmers and peasants and such were happily enjoying a more authentic existence close to the earth.

Well, as we mentioned earlier, when she wanted something intensely she bought it.  So she decided to buy real life. 

She had architects design a bucolic farmhouse, saturated with rusticity, on her property.  She had top designers create simple peasant costumes for her. 

She had a small private meadowland with a lake, a nearby grotto and a stream that turned a huge mill wheel.  There was no mill; the turning wheel was just for show.

Laura went whole-hog – yes, she had some of those too because she had farm animals brought in.  She enjoyed milking the cows, carrying her Sevres porcelain milk-pail with her.

You might think all this could endear her to the general population, but the opposite was the case.  Poor folks heard about her bucolic adventures and thought she was mocking their wretched existence.  Her remark about brioche was probably never made. 

A few facts.  Fact number one, her name wasn’t Laura (but you knew that).  Fact number two, who was she?

(The answer will be posted Saturday.)

28 comments:

freyawrites.com said...

Marie-Antoinette, perhaps?

Great quiz!

Berowne said...

Freya Writes has written - the correct answer.

naturgesetz said...

Sounds vaguely familiar, but I doubt I can come up with the name.

No, no, wait!

Could it be Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France? Yes! Upon rereading "brioche" (Qu'ils mangent de la …) confirms it.

Helen said...

Oh, this is a tough one! Tiny hint? Book, play, movie?

Berowne said...

I guess this is a tough one. I never know, when I start out, if the quiz question will turn out to be too difficult or be criticized because it's "too easy."

Berowne said...

A correct answer has been submitted by - naturally - naturgesetz.

oldegg said...

Marie Antionette and Le hameau her mock farmyard at Versailles.

Altonian said...

A well told story Berowne, which led inexorably to the only possible answer: Marie Antoinette, of the 'Let them eat cake...' myth.

Berowne said...

Two regulars, Altonian and oldegg, both have the right answer.

rel said...

Marie Antoinette peut-être?

Berowne said...

Congrats to rel, another with the correct answer.

Kutamun said...

Let them eat Cake Brioche !

Stafford Ray said...

It must have been that dreadful Marie Antoinette. But, it is said she was too nice to have said that, and it was more probably Marie-Therese, a hundred years earlier.

Berowne said...

Stafford Ray has also coughed up the right answer.

Berowne said...

Kutamun also indicates knowledge of the correct answer.

Chrissy Brand said...

Fine advice to follow- Laura had it about right!

SilverGardenia said...

She's Marie Antoinette. Very nice write.

Gill said...

I love the idea of this quiz! forgive me for being so late, but I'm returning to 3WW after a long absence and I'm trying to catch up on this week. I think it is Marie Antoinette, but I guess I ma too late to answer really ;)

Trubes said...

Hello Berowne,
Two wild guesses, either George Sands or Marie Antoinette ?

Best wishes,

Di.
abcWednesday team.

Berowne said...

Three "winners": SilverGardenia, Gill and Trubes all have the right answer.

Rallentanda said...

Oh I saw that movie. Great sets and costumes but the acting was appalling. The music was terrible as well.Hollywood is not good at making these historical films

Sheilagh Lee said...

I really don;t know.

Karen S. said...

Oh yes, Marie Antoinette dressed as a young shepherdess acting like a peasant, hopefully truly enjoyed all before her sad death.

Berowne said...

Karen S has just stepped up with the correct answer.

Shady Gardener said...

Waiting the answer with "bated breath!" ;-)

Erin said...

Marie Antoinette? It's always perplexed me the way she build a cottage in the shadow of her castle...

Berowne said...

Another right answer, this time from Erin.

The Blog of Bee said...

I just knew it was her and should have said so!!

 
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