Immersed in history

After sending the piece to the jeweller, over the next few days Melanie’s mood became increasingly restless. Her mornings started as always with her daily run in Central Park, but after returning home she couldn’t help wondering what was happening with Marie in Versailles and when she would next be there with her.

She decided to look further into the history of those days in France in 1789.


On a cool Thursday morning she booked a cab to take her into midtown Manhattan to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the main branch of the New York Public Library and she commenced what would become another passion; her daily journey into what was known and written about the lives of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

She soaked up the knowledge like a sponge, historical fact after historical fact.

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“You know James?” she said one night as they sat quietly after dinner.

“What Mel?”

“Everything I have been reading while doing research into the life of Marie and Louis has been very clinical. No feeling. Do you know what I mean?”

“How do you mean Mel?”

“Well it’s almost like they weren’t real people with real feelings like we have gotten to know them. Like a picture on the wall, a portrait of them but not showing signs of how they really were.”

“Maybe you should write a biography.” quipped James

“What do you mean?”

“Well you could write Marie’s story from the perspective of someone who actually knew her. Afterall you must be the only person living today that has met her and know her as a friend.”

“Do you think I could, I haven’t written for years?”

“Why not! Who else could?” exclaimed James

She smiled at him. “That’s why I love you James. You believe everything is possible if you put your mind to it. Maybe, just maybe I will!”

Her head resting on his chest she looked up at him and a glint came in her eyes. Her mouth curled into a smile and she said.

“I’ll do it! I’ll talk with Marie about it the very next time I see her!!

I’ll call it ‘My life and times with Marie Antoinette the last Queen of France’.”

“That’s my girl.” said James giving her a hug

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