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Vive La France!

Technically, I should begin this entry with La Marsellaise, and it is indeed a fine song. But, honestly, I think I'm fonder of one of the street songs from the French Revolution. The one that goes:

Ah, ça ira, ça ira, ça ira
les aristocrats a la lanterne
ah, ça ira, ça ira, ça ira
les aristocrats on les pendra.

Oh, they will go, they will go, they will go
The aristocrats to the lamppost
Oh, they will go, they will go, they will go
The aristocrats , we will hang them.

Things have been going on, and I haven't been writing about them, but I am still alive. I saw one of my favorite writers, Alison Bechel (who does the comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For) doing a reading of her new memoir, Fun Home at the local feminist bookstore. It turns out that, in addition to being a great artist and writer, Bechdel also has a talent for reading out loud. She's a natural storyteller, which not all authors are. It's just too bad that Fun Home is too expensive to buy in hardback right now. Sigh.

A friend from the Fairest College came to visit over the weekend, which was lots of fun. And this weekend, I'm taking off for the Michiana and Kalamazoo singings. Life is good right now.

And finally, I think I'll mention this article, about another book that I want to check out. It seems like it might tweak dawtheminstrel's chain a little bit -- set the grammarian against the ethnographer. I'll make the popcorn.


Jul. 17th, 2006 10:57 am (UTC)
Didn't they take off their heads instead?
Jul. 17th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
Only after they got organized. I'm sure quite a few aristos ended up on lamp posts during the riots.
Jul. 19th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
The Princesse Lamballe (I think that was her name, though I can't remember her exact rank) was strung up on a lamp post, and mutilated, though I can't remember whether it happened before or after she died. Her crime was to be a close friend of Marie-Antoinette. Ah, the joys of mob rule.

Not that the French peasantry didn't have genuine grievances with the rulers of France, or that Louis XVI wasn't a complete idiot. But I don't think mob violence, or the Terror that followed, where they executed people just because they were aristocrats or connected to aristocrats, was justified.

Didn't I hear "Ca Ira" in the TV Scarlet Pimpernel miniseries, the one with Richard Grant and, in a lesser role, Emilia Fox as a French actress (one of Marguerite's acquaintances)? I remember there was a party, and all the young bohemian types were merrily singing 'Ca Ira'.
Jul. 19th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
Ooh, yes, I remember hearing about the Princesse Lamballe. But it was only in a play and a novel, so I wasn't sure if she was real or not. I seem to recall one of the characters in the play mentioning that someone cut out her heart and put it on a stick, but that may have been exaggeration.


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