A Small Treasure Found In Our Big Forest

These days we have a very special event at Musee Labinet. The event is called the Small Treasures and if you plan to come to Versailles before 17 July 2010, you have a good chance to be a part of the Small Treasure hunt. What are the treasures you may want to know? Let me show you a couple; for example, here is this wonderful late XVIII century fan with a pictorial narrative that has shocked and amused me.

The protagonist of the narrative, a certain Louis Gillet, while walking through the forest of Autun, comes upon the following scene: two gentlemen, dressed as the pirates of the Caribbean, have an eighteen-year-old damsel tied to a tree. No gag, she is screaming her head off; meanwhile the pirate-wanna-bes brandish their weapons.

What to do? Louis pulls out his sword and cuts the cheek off the face of one of the bandits, the one shown on the left — he is armed with a pistol. This certainly affects the brigand’s aim and he misses Louis Gillet with a bullet; on seeing such a contingency, the other “pirate” flees.

Next we untie the victim. The girl stops screaming and has a syncope episode instead. Then the hero delivers the girl to her parents; and the very grateful father offers his daughter to our man. “No, thank you!” says Louis, “I am seventy years old, and I think I have done enough for you already.” Glory. The end.

By the way this is the second time I see a representation of this anecdote. The first representation was inside the two Easter eggs they have upstairs; there inside the two Easter eggs we find two scenes of the same story. For those of you who have not read my Easter story here is the link.


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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