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Is the king in possession of his faculties

One day, Napoleon III, having learned that his uncle Jerome was on his death bed, sent Cardinal Morlot to ensure that he die with the full benefit of the last rites of the Roman Catholic Church. Arriving at Jerome's house, the cardinal asked his majordomo, "Le roi a-t-il sa connaissance?" (Is the king in possession of his faculties?)

The majordomo -- interpreting "connaissance" more colloquially as "mistress" -- replied: "Yes, your eminence, Mme de Plancy has spent the whole night at his bedside."

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