The Memoirs of Louis XIV
Mademoiselle De Fontange
I had a Maid of Honour whose name was Beauvais; she was a very well- disposed
person: the King fell in love with her, but she remained firm against all his attempts. He
then turned his attention to her companion, Fontange, who was also very pretty, but not
very sensible. When he first saw her he said, "There is a wolf that will not eat me;" and
yet he became very fond of her soon afterwards. Before she came to me she had dreamt
all that was to befall her, and a pious Capuchin explained her dream to her. She told me
of it herself long before she became the King's mistress. She dreamt that she had
ascended a high mountain, and, having reached the summit, she was dazzled by an
exceedingly bright cloud; then on a sudden she found herself in such profound darkness
that her terror at this accident awoke her. When she told her confessor he said to her:
"Take care of yourself; that mountain is the Court, where some distinction awaits you; it
will, however, be but of short duration; if you abandon your God He will forsake you and
you will fall into eternal darkness."
There is no doubt that Fontange died by poison; she accused Montespan of being the
cause of her death. A servant who had been bribed by that favourite destroyed her and
some of her people by means of poison mixed with milk. Two of them died with her, and
said publicly that they had been poisoned.
Fontange was a stupid little creature, but she had a very good heart. She was very red-
haired, but, beautiful as an angel from head to foot.