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Gentle Louis XIV

"The etiquette that attended every portion of the king's day was minutely prescribed. The grand lever ceremony, at which the king dressed and made ready, was attended by over a hundred courtiers. Despite living surrounded by grandeur and formality, Louis was capable of showing genuine concern for the feelings of others. A valet who had made a mistake in the details of the royal lever was immediately abused and scolded by the assembled courtiers. 'Let us not forget,' Louis interposed, 'that he is far more upset about it than I am.'"
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