Marie Antoinette reprimands the Dauphin for whistling

September 6, 2010

While at his studies one day, the Dauphin suddenly began whistling. Hearing this, Marie Antoinette reprimanded him.

The young prince excused himself, saying: “Mamma, I just found out how poorly I did in my studies yesterday, so I was booing myself.”

Edmond Guérard, Dictionnaire encyclopédique d’anecdotes (Paris: Firmin Didot, 1872), Vol. I, p. 415. ( translation.)

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 4



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