Excerpt from The Old Regime, Vol. 2 of 2: Court, Salons, and Theatres The dauphin, at the time the king's life was despaired of at Metz (august, had not quite completed his fifteenth year. He was then betrothed to the Infanta, Maria Theresa, and in January following the marriage was solemnized. The Ville de Paris celebrated the auspicious event with great magnificence, and gave several balls and public fe'les. At one of the dais masque's, Madame le Normand d'etioles was present, unmasked. The king also was there, but disguised as a miller. As soon as he perceived the fair lady Sitting alone on a sofa, he took a seat by her side, and believing him self unrecognized, began, as he imagined, to mystify her by entering into a conversation respecting the royal hunt in the forest of Senart.
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