In the King’s carriage, where the occupants were in a state of slumped horror, a significant exchange took place between Louis XVI and Madame Elisabeth. He saw her gazing out of the window as they passed her beloved Montreuil. “Are you admiring your lime avenue?” he asked her in his kindly way. “No, I am saying goodbye to Montreuil,” replied his sister.
—Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser