The Poet's Princess

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Faux pas

She fell in love with him at first sight. This most banal of clichés racks the poet with despair. What has he that YOU haven’t got? They say that love is blind. Her love has to be deaf as well!

Jean-François, stop brooding! I swear to you, I did my best to prevent this faux pas. Believe me, poet, a writer has little power over his creatures. Especially if they happen to be historical characters. If I were in command you would have fallen in love with Madeleine de Scudéry who values talent above all. But then, wouldn’t a handsome man to waste on her?

You made a fatal mistake, poet! When one sets his heart on a Princess, then he should treat her as any other girl. A woman is rarely taken with wooing, even if adorned with exquisite words.

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