Nine Lives of Beaumarchais


“The Americans owe to him more than to anyone else on this side of the Atlantic,” reports Deane. “What a man!” writes Voltaire, “he is a union of every quality: buffoonery and reason, joy and sentimentality, he is a master of every kind of eloquence and a slave of none…” A writer, a teacher, a musician, a businessman, an inventor, a conspirator and a secret agent, he is perfect at everything he does, but he excels at practical jokes: his very first profession being that of a watch maker, on one occasion he was pestered by some smarty pants at Versailles. The annoying courtier wanted Monsieur Beaumarchais to repair a watch; but it is not so easy to make fun of the first wit of the second half of the XVIII century. After informing the other party that he had not practiced this particular skill in a while, Beaumarchais finally took the unfortunate watch in his hands only to drop it, and while gathering the broken pieces, he lamented about how awkward he has become!

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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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