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Your situation is so brilliant that people must envy you, and they will waste no opportunity to harm you; you must therefore behave very cautiously. Since, my dear daughter, I think of nothing but your happiness, I wish I could ensure it even at the cost of my life.

Maria Theresa to Marie Antoinette, 3 April 1774

[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]

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[Despite the influence Mme la Dauphine has on him, M. le Dauphin] has still not altered his extraordinary taste for all building work, such as masonry, carpentry, and others of the kind … He works himself with the laborers, moves the materials, beams, and paving stones[,]

—Ambassador Mercy to Maria Theresa, 17 July 1773
[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]

[Despite the influence Mme la Dauphine has on him, M. le Dauphin] has still not altered his extraordinary taste for all building work, such as masonry, carpentry, and others of the kind … He works himself with the laborers, moves the materials, beams, and paving stones[,]

—Ambassador Mercy to Maria Theresa, 17 July 1773

[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]

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The queen is very kind to me just now; we are going together to Saint-Cyr, which she calls my cradle. She calls Montreuil my little Trianon. I have been to hers the last few days with her, without any consequences, and there was no attention she did not show me. She prepared for me one of those surprises in which she excels; but what we did most was to weep over the death of my poor little niece [Sophie].

—Madame Elisabeth to the marquise de Bombelles, 25 June 1787

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I keep preciously the book you sent me, for everything that comes from you will always be very dear to me; you must be sure of that if you know the lively and respectful love that your very obedient daughter will have for you her whole life.

—Marie Antoinette to Maria Theresa, 16 April 1771
[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]

I keep preciously the book you sent me, for everything that comes from you will always be very dear to me; you must be sure of that if you know the lively and respectful love that your very obedient daughter will have for you her whole life.

—Marie Antoinette to Maria Theresa, 16 April 1771

[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]

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Mme la dauphine still enjoys riding, and a fortnight ago a slight accident occurred, which I heard about despite the precautions taken to conceal the matter from me. [The dauphine] was riding, when an equerry’s horse reared, striking Mme la dauphine’s foot, although she did not show any pain. She continued to ride and when she returned her foot was swollen.
When her ladies said that she should immediately have said she was in pain, H.R.H. replied that she had concealed her pain in order to spare the equerry any upset. … This kindness made an impression on all, and it illuminates perfectly Mme la dauphine’s character.

—Ambassador Mercy to Maria Theresa, 22 May 1771
[translation: Margaret Anne Macleod, There Were Three of Us in the Relationship: The Secret Letters of Marie Antoinette]

Mme la dauphine still enjoys riding, and a fortnight ago a slight accident occurred, which I heard about despite the precautions taken to conceal the matter from me. [The dauphine] was riding, when an equerry’s horse reared, striking Mme la dauphine’s foot, although she did not show any pain. She continued to ride and when she returned her foot was swollen.

When her ladies said that she should immediately have said she was in pain, H.R.H. replied that she had concealed her pain in order to spare the equerry any upset. … This kindness made an impression on all, and it illuminates perfectly Mme la dauphine’s character.

—Ambassador Mercy to Maria Theresa, 22 May 1771

[translation: Margaret Anne Macleod, There Were Three of Us in the Relationship: The Secret Letters of Marie Antoinette]

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