(So I’m just going to blame everyone. EVERYONE. Just going to go off and cry about Antoine-Jean Gros, Georges Pontmercy, and Mabeuf….)
50-Year-Old Mystery Over the Identity of the Soldier in "A Farewell at Elba" Solved
A recently uncovered letter by British captain John Aubrey solves one part of the Gros mystery that has puzzled art historians for over half a century.
montagnarde1793 a demandé: This was kind of begging to be done: Danton. Secretly a virgin.
"I don’t see," said the ghost of Robespierre, peevishly, "I don’t see why so many historians have wasted so much time and ink on whether or not I died a virgin. Why me? If anything, they should be looking at Danton."
"WHAT?" The ghost of Camille Desmoulins, currently haunting a bottle of a nice Spanish red, nothing fancy but well worth some attention, sputtered and surfaced.
"No, really, what?”
"I suppose it’s a stretch to say that everyone knows. But he did confide in me once that he had never—that is—”
"He and Gabrielle had babies. Several! Like clockwork!”
"I happen to know that they had an arrangement. Really, Camille," —the ghost settled his spectacles back on his nose— "Sometimes I think you’re impossibly naive.”