An anecdote about Marie Antoinette and her son, Louis Charles, in the Temple prison:
While the royal family was imprisoned and closely guarded in the Temple, the revolutionaries discovered an iron coffer in one of the rooms, a fact they considered highly suspect, giving rise to endless rumors and inquiries.
One day, while the prisoners were dining under their guards’ watchful eyes, the Dauphin saw a biscuit on the table, became interested in it and said to his mother:
“Here is a wonderful biscuit. Mother, if you permit me, I know of a coffer where I can lock it up securely.”
Apprehensive because of the reference to a coffer—which the guards could consider damning—the Queen looked around the room, searching for a coffer, while the revolutionaries attentively watched her every movement, fearing some sort of plot. The Queen finally said:
“My son, I don’t see the coffer you’re talking about.”
Pointing to his own mouth, the Dauphin said: “Here is the access to it.”