There would be no reward, no settling of accounts, nor - most stunning - a syllable of gratitude for the French mission.
And in the absence of facts, myth rushes in, the kudzu of history.
When a woman teams up with a snake a moral storm threatens somewhere.
As Dio observed later, democracy sounded very well and good, but its results are seen not to agree at all with its title. Monarchy, on the contrary, has an unpleasant sound, but is a most practical form of government to live under. For it is easier to find a single excellent man than many of them.
It has always been preferable to attribute a woman's success to her beauty rather to her brains, to reduce her to the sum of her sex life.