On Sunday Belgium celebrated the coronation of Prince Philippe and his wife, Princess Mathilde.
I first met her when she and Dr. Mathilde Krim formed Cinema Against AIDS, the amfAR charity event held every year in Cannes.
As the oldest of five children, Mathilde worked to establish herself early on.
There are many women who, like Mathilde Sebastian, are readier to love success than console failure.
However, Mathilde, looking submissive but sad, did not stir.
"I am horrified at having given myself to the first man who came along," said Mathilde crying with rage against herself.
"Mathilde will be here in a moment," said Caron deferentially.
He did not forget to efface the mark which the ladder had left on the bed of exotic flowers under Mathilde's window.
Mathilde's sharp young face had grown alive with excitement.
He had made his arrangements in advance for Fouqu to take Mathilde and madame de Rnal away on the morning of his last day.