A Country Whose Joy Is Visible But Fake, While Sadness Is Invisible But Real…


A perpetual carnival where masks replace each other never to reveal the face is a theme in the writings of La Bruyere: A woman who disguises her passion for a man, the man who simulates the passion he does not feel for the woman. Casanova does not remove his mask after the ball, and this is not a metaphor. The masks are worn routinely any time a man or a woman step outside the house. Versailles keeps its secrets: Only Louis XIV knows the identity of the Iron Mask. Only Louis XV knows the real name of count Saint Germain….

After the Ball of Ifs count Tesse goes to see his chef. This domestic being from Madrid, the count needs his help to identify the noble hidalgo who danced the night away at Chateau Versailles with the daughter of the king of Spain. The ball was in the honor of our Spanish princess recently arriving from Madrid to marry the son of Louis XV. “Nothing could be easier,” says the cook, “provided we keep his name a secret…. After all, it was none other than… myself.”

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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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