I don’t know why it is, but I am always ready to hope. Do not imitate me; it is better to fear without reason than to hope without it; the moment when the eyes open is less painful.
Élisabeth Philippine Marie Hélène de France, known as Madame Élisabeth, was executed on May 10th, 1794. She was the granddaughter of Louis XV, sister-in-law of Marie Antoinette, and the sister of Louis XVI, Louis XVIII, and Charles X.
Her last words, said to her executioner after her neckerchief came loose and fell to the ground, were: “In the name of your mother, Monsieur, cover me.”