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Les Petites Bêtes Soyeuses

Players' Press for September 1669

Sections: Announcements, Blatant Brown-nosing, Despatches from the Front, Matters of Honour, Military Missives, Ministerial Correspondence, Personal, Poetry Corner, Social


To all my friends and colleagues,
Once again, I feel like a time for celebration. We are alive (those of us that made it) and French! What better reason is there for a celebration?
I am inviting those of sufficient stature to join me at the Fleur de Lys throughout October. I'll be there all month, so come and join Di and myself. We can talk of times on campaign and raise a toast to the King.
We look forward to seeing you there.
† Sir Sebastian

[OOC: SdlC invites all SL 11+ to a party at the Fleur de Lys every week of October, toadies welcome]

Col Marquis Etienne Brule will be hosting the annual Cavalry/Infantry Co-Operation Luncheon Week 3* at Fleur. Officers of SL 14 and above are welcome to attend with wives/ mistresses. Refreshments included. This ongoing military education series offers to improve the military qualities of our future army commanders. Seminar topics include:
  * Coping with jealousy: understanding the infantryman's reaction to cavalry.
  * Sir, why aren't we good enough to ride horses into battle? Helping your infantrymen come to terms with their lower status in life.
  * The King likes us better: A history of monarch to branch-of-service relations.
A prize of 25 Cr will be awarded to the guest with the most interesting seminar topic.
* “Dear Friends, I have learned that, as a Cabinet Member, my presence will be needed at the Minister of State’s event during weeks 1 & 2 at the Fleur. As a result, I am rescheduling the Infantry/Cavalry Luncheon to Week 3 at the Fleur. I hope to see you then!”

Minister of State Pierre le Sang invites all government ministers, landed nobles (Barons and above), and officers who hold the rank of Brevet Lieutenant-General and above to attend a Ball at his club during weeks 1 and 2 of October 1669 with their ladies. The event will feature the formal announcement by Earl le Sang of his intention to seek another term as Minister of State. It will also afford an opportunity for attendees to discuss governmental plans for the coming year. All costs met.
† General Earl Pierre le Sang, Minister of State

King's Musketeers' Regimental Dinner
Brigadier Sir Duncan d'Eauneurts, Commander of the King's Musketeers, will host a Regimental Dinner at the Fleur de Lys in the third* week of October. All past and current members of the regiment are cordially invited, together with their ladies, as are the Commander of the Guards Brigade and Paris' most prominent socialites.
Those possessing sufficient standing and rude good health to join the regiment at the beginning of November will be particularly welcome and the Colonel will be happy to help with the finances of potential recruits lacking the monetary wherewithal to join at the rank desired.
All costs regarding the Regimental Dinner will, of course, be covered by the Colonel.
    RSVP † Sir Duncan d'Eauneurts
* Re-scheduled from the second week as so much else is going on.

[OOC: KM Recruiting those of SL 6+ and EC 4+. Loans available from the Colonel if necessary.
Regimental Dinner Week 2 for all members and past members of regiment, Gds Brigadier, those of SL14+ and their ladies. Carousing costs paid ]


Lord Percy Percy says, as fashion is tending towards the Greek, the unsteady hands of Colonel Le Somme are very fashionable.

If Lord Percy Percy is the arbiter of Parisian fashion, then falsely accusing ministers of theft when they are in no position to actually steal anything must be de rigueur...

The Minister of State does not need to read his bible. He has direct communication with a higher power.
† The teapot vert

Overheard at Hunter's
 "Such a shame that their own commander had to switch to the frontier regiment, and then ends up at the barricade of death. Perhaps had the commander actually been honourable enough to be there with his command staff it may have helped the cause." Along with the response "But what cause - France or the death of the 69ers?"

The Cardinal's Guard are buying a lot of fresh horses for some reason.
† La Plume de ma cousine

To Brigadier Sir Duncan d'Eauneurts, His Majesty's Commissioner of Public Safety, Le Châtelet, Rue St Denis, Quartier des Halles, Paris.
Dearest Duncan,
All the d'Eauneurts estates have now been restored and when travelling the neighbourhood in the newly painted open family carriage I can hold my head high once mair. To think that only two years ago we were little better than paupers. Few Maithers are blessed with such dutiful sons, to be sure!
Madelein was overjoyed to learn that a generous dowry might be found for her now. Do you have any suitors in mind?
† Lady Isla d'Eauneurts, Chateau d'Eauneurts, Eauneurts-sous-Montreuil, Pas-de-Calais, Picardy

Cher Etienne Brule
I trust we have met this month and shall soon be crossing blades. My apologies in advance if I don't put up much of a show. I will however see you on the field of honour.
† Terence Cuckpowder

How nice it is to be back in Paris! (Alive and in one piece.)

To: Anyone of influence in Paris
All those exertions at the Front during Summer left me in a bit of a fluster and I forgot to apply for any positions absolutely anywhere! Now I find myself with lots of spare time on my hands and nothing to do, so if anyone has any vacancies anywhere please do give me a thought as I am happy to consider anything and will be very grateful - nudge, nudge, wink, wink (!) - for offers.
    Love to you all darlings,
† Felix x x x

The Minister of State cannot read his bible, since he is, as most people know, functionally illiterate.
† La Parapluie Aubergine

I, Lt. Colonel Maurice Essay Deux, hereby humbly apply for the post of your aide.
I have included reports of my recent activities for your convenience.
    Yours in service for France
† Maurice Essai Deux
[OOC: MED Applies for Aide to Field Marshal]

Brigadier Sir Duncan d'Eauneurts, OC King's Musketeers, His Majesty's Commissioner of Public Safety, to
Lieutenant General Viscount Was Nae Me, OC Guards Brigade,
Greetings, General Me,
Allow me to congratulate you upon your outstanding handling of the Guards Brigade over the course of the Summer Campaign. What you achieved in despite of the ineptitude of the military ignoramus in command of the Third Army was truly amazing and your Viscounty well deserved. Do you plan to continue your military career in the wake of this or do you intend to pursue a governmental career in the foreseeable future?
I will be hosting a Regimental Dinner in the second week of October and would be delighted if you would consent to be our Guest of Honour.
   Yours to Command, † Sir Duncan d'Eauneurts

The phrase 'wine-dark' is a misapprehension. One can point you in the direction of an explanation.
† Cuckpowder