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the 1st of the characters of the Heroic ladies of the French Revolution, is Marie Antoinette, entitled to this preeminence, no matter if in connection with the elevation of her rank, the good impact she had at the Revolution, or the immensity of her misfortunes. The daughter of kings, the spouse and mom of kings, the cynosure of all eyes within the so much dependent and polished capital of the realm ; profuse amid large quantity, the envied and popular of all beholders, for station, own charms, and all of the components which energy, a throne, and early life, can deliver to happiness ; she observed that strength annihilated, her throne overturned, her husband murdered, her buddies and adherents massacred and exiled, her son passed over to a profligate and debased ruffian (worse than death), her sister and daughter in felony, herself in a dungeon and in rags, disadvantaged of the typical necessaries, and debarred of the entire sympathies that make lifestyles pricey even within the hovel ; the scoff of the indigent and outcast wretches, whose lifestyles is a shame to civilization. Who can degree this kind of intensity of woe ? What pen can do justice to the sort of fall ? Her first-born and her lord, her sorrows for her fallen kingdom and dignity, herself the game of condition and soccer of fortune : in any other case appalling them by way of their refrain, revealing the great fulfilments of Providence's retributive decrees at the iniquities of a race, within the crash of empire, and the downfall of a line of despots, consummated in the slightest degree offending and so much innocuous of all.

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