The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  THE BEDROOM OF MARIE ANTOINETTE - One may easily judge that house-decoration has made no progress for many centuries; otherwise it would be impossible to re-introduce the styles of Henry VIII, Louis XIV, XV, and XVI. The scene on this page represents a reproduction of Queen Marie Antoinette's bedroom at the Little Trianon, in Versailles, which was shown in the French section of the Manufactures Building by MM. Alavoine, leading manufactures of Paris. All of this work on textiles was done by hand in silk, and the skill and patience displayed by the French workman must evoke astonishment. Even to the picture on the wall, all is the product of needlework. From this luxurious room, thick carpeted, perfumed, and beautified with every ingenuity, the French Queen, dragged by fishwomen, who called her "the baker's wife," "the Austrian she-wolf," was transferred to the Tuilleries, and later translated to the prison of the Temple, where the head of her dearest friend, the Princess de Lamballe, was shown on a pike at the window. Then, after the beheadal of her husband, the king, she left her two children, a widow, to undergo mock trial before Judge Fouquier-Tinville, to be sentenced, and to mend her tattered garments with needle at the prison of the Conciergerie, in order to go decently to the scaffold in a republican cart. We look upon this one of her many palace-rooms, and contemplate her dizzy and dreadful fall.
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