The Fate Of Royalty

"Here a sensible emotion pervaded the whole company, and the countenance

of the host was dark and lowering--they began to feel that the joke was

becoming too serious. Madame de Grammont, in order to dissipate the

cloud, took no notice of the last reply, and contented herself with

saying in a careless tone: 'You see, he will not leave me even a

confessor!' 'No, madame!' replied Cazotte, 'you will not have

one--neither you, nor any one besides. The last victim to whom this

favor will be afforded will be--' Here he stopped for a moment. 'Well,

who then will be the happy mortal to whom this prerogative will be

given?' Cazotte replied: 'It is the only one which he will have then

retained--and that will be the King of France!' This last startling

prediction caused the company to disband in something like terror and

dismay, for the mere mention of such things was akin to treason."