After the Ball

I did not cover this year’s masked ball at the Orangery. Could it be I no longer enjoy life? Ah…, maybe I never did; and this dream of mine is a tiny soap bubble to keep in the shoe box under the sofa. This year’s costume party was not a dream, all because they don’t let you dream at a costume party. Girls who come dressed to the nines, waiting for their prince charming, they know what I am talking about. Stood up? Around four in the morning those fancy clothes might be a bitter reminder that you don’t really know why you are here. What the hell is this masked ball? Please, turn off the techno. They don’t let a Parisian working girl in here to cry under the mask.

Are you leaving? Stay for another hour, have some champagne, I want to see you naked in a wig…; but this is already a different party… The Orangery has pooped out and now stagnates. Nothing is going on. What a crises of imagination! All because of that loss of thread…; that thread …. which thread? What are you talking about? I don’t know… me too, I’ve lost my thread. Sorry…, amnesia, the disease of the human race….

They just want their over-a-thousand-people crowd, all paying seventy bucks at the entrance. Maybe the city of Versailles should have other masked balls, where this year’s best XVII or XVIII century costume gets a prize and a free admittance to the next year’s ball? After all that is the way it’s always been; and quite a few of them took place at the stables!

I remember 1747 — the Big Royal Stables… this one mask kept running to the refreshments tables between dances, stuffing himself — sandwiches, pies, cakes, drink upon drink! Who is this bottomless pit? Nobody could figure it out, until the next morning it’s been discovered that the king’s guard, the Hundred Swiss, bought themselves one costume, so that they all could have their turn at the party!

What were they serving this year? Crêpes filled with cream, paella, champagne…. What else…? I forgot. Who cares…., we did not come there to eat.

P.S. If you too are looking for the lost thread, you may as well take a look at the Masked Ball 

P.P.S. For other parties at Chateau Versailles, see Nobody Parties 

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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