|oh, marie antoinette! |
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A short account of the meeting between uncle and niece, who had not seen each other since the night of the 20th June 1791, has been left us by an eye-witness.
" The long and troublesome journey" he writes, " had not impaired her strength. The only thing that distressed her was the delay in reaching the King. As soon as the carriages had got within sight of each other Madame ordered her own to be stopped. Then, eluding every effort to restrain her, she darted with incredible agility through a storm of dust towards her uncle, who ran forward with outstretched arms to press her to his bosom. The King vainly endeavoured to prevent her from casting herself at his feet. As he hastened to raise her, she exclaimed, " At last I see you once more, at last I am happy ; watch over me, be a father to me ! "
The King, too deeply moved to say a word in reply, pressed her to his breast, and then presented the Due d’Angouleme to her. This young Prince could only express his welcome by tears, which fell upon his cousin’s hand as he pressed it to his lips."