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From the book: Stories the school forgets to tell us (Vol. 1) - The World A curious fact in the life of Louis XVI, King of France. At the end of the story there is an amusing test of what has been told.


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One day a month of concern for the king

"You don't have to run so fast, what belongs to you, to your hands will come..."

Machado de Assis


If our destiny has been previously mapped out, as some seers say (1), and we cannot change it, does it make sense for us to know our future in advance and to live our daily lives anxiously?

When the King of France, Louis XVI was still a child, he was warned by an astrologer to be very careful with the twenty-first day of each month. Louis was extremely impressed by that and because of the fear which took over his thoughts, Louis decided never to risk himself or do any business on the 21st, whatever the month would be.

In the year 1791, after the French revolution broke out, the king and queen, Marie Antoinette, tried to escape from France and were discovered and imprisoned. Perhaps because of the nervousness of the situation, Louis XVI did not pay attention to what day it was; it was June 21st. Three months later, on September 21st., the royalty was abolished in France and the republic was proclaimed. And finally, on January 21st. 1793, the king Louis XVI was executed at the guillotine.

If the fate of Louis XVI had in fact already been written, it would have been better if he had lived at least without that permanent tension of every month having to remember what the current day was, to prevent the tragedies.


Notes:


1 - Seer: person who says he predicts the future.

2 - Machado de Assis: Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis was a Brazilian chronicler, storyteller, playwright, journalist, poet, novelist, critic, and essayist born in the city of Rio de Janeiro on exactly June 21st., 1839. Among his famous books are "Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas", "Quincas Borba", "Dom Casmurro", "Resurreição".


Test your knowledge:


1 - Who was King Louis VI married to?

1. To Maria Thereza;

2. To Marie Antoinette;

3. With Catherine of Medices;


2 - How did Louis VI die?

1. Guillotined;

2. Hanged;

3. Heart problem;


3 - Who was Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis?

1. Brazilian chronicler, storyteller, playwright, journalist, poet, novelist, novelist, critic and essayist born in the city of Rio de Janeiro on June 21, 1839. Among the famous books he published are "Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas", "Quincas Borba";

2. Brazilian chronicler, storyteller, playwright, journalist, poet, novelist, novelist, critic and essayist born in Pernambuco on 21 June 1839. Among his famous books are "Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas", "Conde de Monte Cristo";

3. Brazilian chronicler, storyteller, playwright, actor, promoter, poet, novelist, novelist, critic and essayist born in the city of Rio de Janeiro on 21 June 1839. Among the famous books he published are "Memórias de Emília", "Quincas Berro D'Água";


4 - When did the French revolution break out?

1. 1789;

2. 1792;

3. 1881;

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Margot Schneider Margot Schneider é o pseudônimo adotado pela escritora brasileira, nascida em Santos. Mudou-se para São Paulo, estudou Ciências da Computação o que lhe permitiu mais tarde trabalhar como desenvolvedora de sistemas de informação na Suíça, onde mora desde o ano 2000. A escritora adora tocar piano, violão, ler, viajar, conhecer gente, conversar, aprender outras culturas, novas línguas e atualmente só usa os computadores para trocar e-mails e escrever, mais uma paixão descoberta.

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Michele Lugetti Michele Lugetti
Dear Margot. It is interesting to read, that your text is a a part of a paperback. Let me know, if u publish a book about American Stories. For me South American stories from Argentina or Books about the first Spanish conquistadores are something, i would like to read. Than u for your publication information of your guillotine story. I will search for it and read. Easter Greetings. Michele PS: I am writing a new text, too. The Title is „Der Tangomörder“, the first two chapters are written in German and English. If u are curious... check it. : )
March 29, 2021, 20:12
Michele Lugetti Michele Lugetti
Dear Margot. Some nice questions for being an expert in French History. I like it! Pls continue and make some other challenges perhaps Roman , Spanish oder American History?
March 14, 2021, 22:55

  • Margot Schneider Margot Schneider
    Dear Michele, thank you very much for your comment. I have the impression, this site is more oriented to Portuguese and Spanish readers than English. This text is part of a paperback I published some years ago, with different true interesting stories that we never learn in school. That's why, the book title is "Estórias que a Escola se Esquece de Contar". Half of this book has stories related to Brasil, half are stories about different places or personages around the world. I will consider writing something more about Asian, Spanish or American stories. Best regards, Margot March 26, 2021, 09:41
  • Margot Schneider Margot Schneider
    Hi Michele, as you said, you like and are an expert in French History, I thought, you would like to know, I've just published here in Inkspire a text talking about the Guillotine. I would be happy if you read it and let me know what do you think of it. Kind regards, Margot. March 28, 2021, 20:09
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