Wednesday, March 3, 2010


When we asked her about how we would be given the final exam (since we're Americans), my Art History lecture professor officially confirmed what she probably didn't mean to yesterday, i.e. that our success in her class depends 0% on listening to her talk for two hours every Tuesday morning at 8:30 AM. That was probably a mistake on her part.

We talked about the vingtieme today in Louis XV (it's technically a proper noun, but they don't like to capitalize those things here). It's this tax that happened in France right after the War of the Austrian Succession. Maaaayyybe, if France hadn't cared so much about having the Bourbons on the thrones of France AND Spain at the same time/AUSTRIA (or...whatever the War of Austrian Succession was actually about)/helping us out when we needed it during our little revolution, then they wouldn't have run into so much trouble from angry French people in 1789. Even I could have foreseen that mess coming. But it's too late for that now.

ALSO, I got my first "test" back in Louis XV! I am very pleased with my grade. Considering that I 1) only answered 2 out of the 3 questions, 2) Chose not to answer them in the correct format for time's sake, 3) lied about certain facts in French history, 4) definitely used my French articles and genders incorrectly and 5) wrote really illegibly so that he wouldn't be able to tell I had used my French articles and genders incorrectly, I still got a 4 out of 20! Réussite!

1 comment:

  1. ...if France hadn't cared so much about having the Bourbons on the thrones of France AND Spain at the same time...

    Tut tut - that is a BIG deal!

    ...from Saint-Simon, Vol 3, Chap. LVIII

    The King, majestically turning his eyes towards the numerous company, and showing them M. le Duc d'Anjou said--"Gentlemen,
    behold the King of Spain. His birth called him to that crown: the late King also has called him to it by his will; the whole nation wished for him, and has asked me for him eagerly; it is the will of heaven: I have obeyed it with pleasure." And then, turning towards his grandson, he said, "Be a good Spaniard, that is your first duty; but remember that you are a Frenchman born, in order that the union between the two nations may be preserved; it will be the means of rendering both happy, and of preserving the peace of Europe." Pointing afterwards with his finger to the Duc d'Anjou, to indicate him to the ambassador, the King added, "If
    he follows my counsels you will be a grandee, and soon; he cannot do better than follow your advice."