Often, when closing her eyes, she vividly saw her mother's face as at the moment when the guards had come to take the Queen to the Conciergerie. Then she would see the alabaster skin, the large, blue eyes blood-shot from weeping, the face framed by the black mourning veil.
"Do not let this crush you," Maman had said. "You have faith. It will sustain you."
~from Madame Royale by Elena Maria Vidal, Chapter 1, "The Emigrants"Share