Teach Them Young

February 1, 2024

Another time, the winter having been excessively severe in Vienna, and all work consequently suspended, the suffering among the working classes was very great. As they were discussing it one evening at the palace in the family drawing-room, Marie Antoinette approached her mother, and gave her a box. “There are fifty-five ducats,” she said; “’t is all I have. Will you allow them to be distributed among the unfortunate sufferers?”

Maria Theresa took them, and adding a larger sum to daughter’s savings, allowed the charitably minded girl to distribute the whole herself.

The Life of Marie Antoinette, Volume 1. By Maxime de La Rocheterie, Chapter 1, pg 4.

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 765


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