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One of the most remarkable features of the King’s character, and the nature of his mind, was that his natural timidity, and the difficulty which he generally felt in expressing himself, were never perceptible, when religion, the relief of the people, or the welfare of the French, were the subjects in question; he would then speak with a facility and an energy, which astonished new ministers in particular, who almost invariably came at first to the council possessed with the generally received opinion that the King had a very limited intellect.

—Bertrand-Molleville, Memoirs 
image: (C) RMN-Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / Gérard Blot

One of the most remarkable features of the King’s character, and the nature of his mind, was that his natural timidity, and the difficulty which he generally felt in expressing himself, were never perceptible, when religion, the relief of the people, or the welfare of the French, were the subjects in question; he would then speak with a facility and an energy, which astonished new ministers in particular, who almost invariably came at first to the council possessed with the generally received opinion that the King had a very limited intellect.

—Bertrand-Molleville, Memoirs

image: (C) RMN-Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / Gérard Blot

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