Learning TO love The Law

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

the revolution has aged her beyond her years.

He became a martyr.
He became a kind of
almost religious figure.
You had people offering
up prayers that went,
"heart of jesus,
heart of marat."
They had these scenes
at his funeral
where the bathtub in which
he was murdered was sort of
put up on the altar
almost as if it was a kind
of crucifix.

If you look at david's
painting of marat's death,
marat's body is draped
in precisely the same way
as the body of christ
is depicted
in classic representations
of the pietà, the descent
from the cross.
So, clearly, there's
an identification of marat
with christ, with marat
representing the new kind
of god of the radical republic.

Robespierre
ious of the adoration
lavished upon marat.
But ever the pragmatist,
he turns his attention
to pressing matters at hand,
because though marat is dead,
there are still others calling
for blood--royal blood.
The conciergerie,
death's dark antechamber.
Eight months after the execution
of her husband and just days
after the killing
of charlotte corday,
marie-antoinette is jailed here
in a hideous cell, ec
utterly alone.V

One of the worst things
that happens to marie
after the execution of louis
is, her children are ripped away
from her.
Her children were the most
important thing to her,
and she knew that her son
was going to be subjected
to terrible abuse
to make him forget
that he was ever royal
by these revolutionaries.
And it turns out she was right.
It only took a couple years
after that her son died
of terrible neglect and abuse.

The once-vain
marie-antoinette
is 38 years old,
but the revolution has
aged her beyond her years.

Marie-antoinette had been
a very pretty woman, elegant,
until the revolution.
From 1788, '89, she got thinner.
Her hair went white.
She abandoned all her coquetry
and her pretty things.
She became emaciated.
When she arrived for her trial,
she was unrecognizable.

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