The Memoirs of Louis XIV HTML version

Petite Madame
A cautery which had been improperly made in the nape of the neck had drawn her mouth
all on one side, so that it was almost entirely in her left cheek. For this reason talking was
very painful to her, and she said very little. It was necessary to be accustomed to her way
of speaking to understand her. Just when she was about to die her mouth resumed its
proper place, and she did not seem at all ugly. I was present at her death. She did not say
a word to her father, although a convulsion had restored her mouth. The King, who had a
good heart and was very fond of his children, wept excessively and made me weep also.
The Queen was not present, for, being pregnant, they would not let her come.
It is totally false that the Queen was delivered of a black child. The late Monsieur, who
was present, said that the young Princess was ugly, but not black. The people cannot be
persuaded that the child is not still alive, and say that it is in a convent at Moret, near
Fontainebleau. It is, however, quite certain that the ugly child is dead, for all the Court
saw it die.