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    December 31, 2009

  • "Introductions complete, the gentlemen of the bedchamber, ceremoniously assisted by the chief nobles, had then proceeded to make the King's toilette. As they did so, the various petitioners came forward at the beckoning of the Duc d'Orléans, to murmur into the King's ear as he twisted his head to accommodate the razor, or bent his neck to have his wig adjusted....

    'Well, at least were you tall enough to see everything?'

    'Oh, aye. That I did, even when he eased himself on his chaise percée.'

    'He really did that? In front of everyone?'...

    'Oh, aye, and everyone behaving just as they did when he washed his face and blew his nose. The Duc de Neve had the unspeakable honor,' he added, 'of wiping His Majesty's arse for him. I didna notice what they did wi' the towel; took it out and had it gilded, no doubt.'"
    —Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber (NY: Delacorte Press, 1991), 141–142

    December 31, 2009