When You Have Nothing To Say, Just Say Something…


Trotsky reports that Lenin had hard time taking decision on Nicolas II execution, but after reading Tsar’s diaries he felt better, much better. Louis XVI also left us a diary. One of the diary’s peculiarities is the use of the word Nothing, for this is the word with which the King of France marked frequently a page in his life. That is when there was nothing to report, he just said so, Nothing. I respect that. This is a manly man. On the day when he was supposed to consummate his marriage, we read, Nothing. On the day His Majesty’s subjects stormed Bastille also, Nothing. Yes, healthy nominalism.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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4 Responses to When You Have Nothing To Say, Just Say Something…

  1. well, that’s one amusing piece of information about such a historical character… quite illustrative for the lad’s mentality

    • At the time when I wrote this I was purposefully giving a rather uncharitable interpretation to those entries in Louis XVI’s diary. The king wasn’t very articulate; if we were to choose him a profession, it would by Naval Engineer. He was obsessed with statistics. He recorded absolutely everything in his personal life that was quantifiable — what he paid for his red-heel shoes, a bottle of wine, a basket of strawberries, we even have his laundry lists, leave alone any kind of serious money gift or charity. Here we are talking about his personal funds. The entries “Nothing” are probably referring to his fruitless hunting expeditions; not surprisingly they happen to be on some of the most important days in his life. On 14 July, for sure, the hunt was interrupted. This is why he wrote, “Nothing.” What happened on the wedding day I don’t know, but that night, and we can compare it with the information Marie-Antoinette provided in her letter back home — nothing!

      • absolutely hilarious, really. one would expect a future king’s education to have been bent to a little more sensibility but, well, I suppose a man’s prosaic character is highly unlikely to change whatever the breeding.

      • You are right. As Alexander Tilly, the page of Marie-Antoinette, wrote in his diaries, “Louis XVI was simple and good.” He was an Enlightened monarch — probably one of the best-educated, or at least the best-read men in Europe. He spent most of his time reading. What did he read? He read books on economics, chemistry, physics, geography; he did a lot of research in ballistics, buoyancy, cartography; he tried building an iron-clad, flied hot-air balloons, prepared Laplace around the world expedition, etc.; he probably read very little fiction, almost no philosophy and had no ability for politics. As far as his sexual education, in the context of Versailles it seems altogether incomprehensible.

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