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Marie Antoinette

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Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?
Responding to the priest who had accompanied her to the foot of the guillotine, who had whispered, "This is the moment, Madame, to arm yourself with courage." Quoted in Womenof Beauty and Heroism (1859) by Frank B. Goodrich
Courage! The moment when my ills are going to end is not the moment when courage is going to fail me.
To the juror, Abbé Girard, shortly before her death, quoted in Marie-Antoinette a la Conciergerie (du ler ao?t au 16 octobre 1793) 2nd edition (1864) by M. Émile Campardon

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