Between 1750 and 1753, Voltaire, exiled from Paris, lived in Prussia with Frederick the Great. One day a certain lady returned to the king's court after a long absence, prompting a torrent of scandalous rumors. "The things they say about me are incredible," she complained to Voltaire. "They even say I retired to the country in order to give birth to twins." "Don't let that bother you," Voltaire replied. "I believe only half of what I hear at court."