Never fear quarrels, but seek adventures. Julie d’Aubigny or d'Artagnan?
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Shortly thereafter, one of the nuns died. La Maupin disinterred the body of the deceased nun and, placing it in the bed of her beloved, set the room afire so that the two could flee in the ensuing confusion. Julie d’Aubigny a.k.a. La Maupin or Mademoiselle Maupin
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was a 17th century fencer and opera singer of the Paris Opera. In detail
.This angered La Maupin. She rebuffed him and reached for her sword. The young bravo responded in kind and soon the challenge was given and accepted and La Maupin found herself facing three of the squires over cold steel. They withdrew to the tavern's courtyard where she fought all three at once and won. The match ended when she ran the fellow who had offended her clean through the shoulder. Pinned by her blade, her foe twisted around until he could see her sword's point, red with his blood, emerging from his back. She sheathed her blade, turned her back upon the fallen man and withdrew to her room.
*M. d'Artagnan the elder's advice to his son was "Never fear quarrels, but seek adventures." (Ne craignez pas les occasions et cherchez les aventures). Unfortunately, when Théophile Gautier was tapped to write a novel on her life, he turned the plot of the book into a love triangle.