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 >>​Forget your grandiose visions of endless antechambers and gilded salons. As a novice courtier you'll be assigned--if you're lucky--to a nasty little attic with barely enough room to cut a curtsy. In the remoter reaches of the godforsaken garrets of Versailles, duchesses have been known to waste away slowly from starvation, completely forgotten, and obscure princesses to die of cold on long winter nights. Meanwhile, you'll find yourself bereft of useful employment--every possible government position has already been assigned to someone else, almost always based on heredity. (The royal valets de chambre are all members of the Bontemps family; royal mole catchers are always Liards.) Don't give up hope, though--social eminence can still be yours, provided you push the right buttons. ​ >>​Forget your grandiose visions of endless antechambers and gilded salons. As a novice courtier you'll be assigned--if you're lucky--to a nasty little attic with barely enough room to cut a curtsy. In the remoter reaches of the godforsaken garrets of Versailles, duchesses have been known to waste away slowly from starvation, completely forgotten, and obscure princesses to die of cold on long winter nights. Meanwhile, you'll find yourself bereft of useful employment--every possible government position has already been assigned to someone else, almost always based on heredity. (The royal valets de chambre are all members of the Bontemps family; royal mole catchers are always Liards.) Don't give up hope, though--social eminence can still be yours, provided you push the right buttons. ​
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   * **Sycophancy Will Get You Everywhere** --- There are many ways for you to insinuate yourself into the king's good graces. An impoverished widow, Madame de Maintenon, once agreed to take discreet charge of raising Louis XIV's illegitimate children; she ended up becoming the king's mistress and, eventually, his wife. Barring such luck, you can at least take advantage of every possible opportunity to fawn. For instance, when the king's dinner passes you on its way from the kitchen to his table, you are expected to sweep the floor with the plume of your hat and declaim, quietly but with reverence, La viande du Roi.   * **Sycophancy Will Get You Everywhere** --- There are many ways for you to insinuate yourself into the king's good graces. An impoverished widow, Madame de Maintenon, once agreed to take discreet charge of raising Louis XIV's illegitimate children; she ended up becoming the king's mistress and, eventually, his wife. Barring such luck, you can at least take advantage of every possible opportunity to fawn. For instance, when the king's dinner passes you on its way from the kitchen to his table, you are expected to sweep the floor with the plume of your hat and declaim, quietly but with reverence, La viande du Roi.
   * **See and Be Seen** --- At Versailles, every royal event--births,​ deaths, even autopsies--is gawked at by throngs of courtiers. If you're very lucky, you'll be one of those who crowd the king's bedroom each morning to watch him wake up, get dressed, put on his shoes, and be shaved. Same thing at bedtime (each night, as a single mark of favour, the king chooses a courtier to hold the candle while he undresses). At meals, you should stare raptly at each bite that the King takes; sometimes he even dines in public, which means that any decently dressed citizen may queue up to file through the dining room and glimpse him chewing. His descendant Louis XVI drew popular acclaim--not enough, alas!--for his ability to knock the top off a soft-boiled egg with a single stroke of his fork (a feat that, in retrospect, seems eerily to foreshadow the final few seconds of his existence). ​   * **See and Be Seen** --- At Versailles, every royal event--births,​ deaths, even autopsies--is gawked at by throngs of courtiers. If you're very lucky, you'll be one of those who crowd the king's bedroom each morning to watch him wake up, get dressed, put on his shoes, and be shaved. Same thing at bedtime (each night, as a single mark of favour, the king chooses a courtier to hold the candle while he undresses). At meals, you should stare raptly at each bite that the King takes; sometimes he even dines in public, which means that any decently dressed citizen may queue up to file through the dining room and glimpse him chewing. His descendant Louis XVI drew popular acclaim--not enough, alas!--for his ability to knock the top off a soft-boiled egg with a single stroke of his fork (a feat that, in retrospect, seems eerily to foreshadow the final few seconds of his existence). ​
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