To my dearest Christian,
How are you sweet brother, I pray you are well, and Mamma and Papa and well the entire family. I hope you are all thriving under the warm summer sun.
The sun shines hot in Paris, but nowhere near as brightly as it does in Vivarais, I do miss it so. I miss everyone at home; the familiar town seems so far from where I am now. My old life seems like years away from how I am living now.
How I have had to adapt quickly to life in Paris, for it is far different from the lives we live in Vivarais. Though I cannot complain for I am forever learning new and invaluable skills. I was worried when I first came to court, our modest lives are nothing compared to their flash Parisian lifestyles. I have been fitted with a new gown, made of the finest silk, I am sure money can buy. I have new shoes made especially for me as well. It is the first time I have ever had such fancy clothes; I have never looked nicer and more respectable.
Though I try not to indulge the banquets we feast upon are so very glutinous, I fear I may have nearly doubled in size when I return home to you at Christmas.
I have not received any news about a husband, I have spoken to the Housekeeper, she seems rather kindly and she says a beautiful girl such as me will find a husband in the Parisian court in no time at all.
Though I am enjoying my new life in Paris, I cannot help but miss the smell of freshly baked bread that Mama would prepare every morning, I miss my life, often I wish I could be back at home with you and our dear family, but I know my duties as a woman and therefore I will not return until I am successful. Which should not be too long, I hope.
Though until I do return I am having such fun in Paris, they do know how to live well. As I have mentioned they host banquets for all servants, we eat alongside the Duke and his family. It is so magical, there are many dances, I was asked to dance by one of the stable boys, but I turned him down. Thankfully he did not seem too disheartened as he asked my friend Sabine; she danced with him for hours.
How I hope to return home to you soon.