Today's post is about Madame Roland, who is neither a Victorian, nor an aristocrat. Way to go, me. Way to stick to this blog's theme. However, she was a . . . socialite? I'm not sure if that's the right word to use. She was a very public figure, an intellectual, and a political activist who mixed with a hell of a lot of important people in (pre-) Revolutionary France, and was labeled a "Queen of Society" by Grace and Philip Wharton in their aptly named book, The Queens of Society (page 53).

When she was a child, “about six years old, she silently, and without a tear, suffered three severe beatings rather than take some medicine which she disliked. The child was ill, and the correction was so severe that it brought on a bad attack of illness, and from that time her father changed his system”.

I read this sentence about three times when I first came across it, thinking I was misunderstanding something. But nope.

I just have this image of her father going, "Won't take your medicine, eh? I'll show you! I'LL BEAT YOU INTO GOOD HEALTH. *bam* *bam* *bam* Why isn't this working? Let's try beating you again. *bam* *bam* *bam* WHY ARE YOU GETTING WORSE?"

I just love how, at the end, they ever-so-delicately say that he changed his system, as though his first system was totally legit, and just wouldn't work, for some reason.

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