In June of 1791, King Louis XVI, fearing for the lives of himself and his family, attempted to escape into Austria. Marie Antoinette’s brother was the emperor of Austria. They hoped that once in Austria they would be safe.
Their attempt failed, however, when they were recognized along the road by a passerby who called for soldiers to have them arrested. Returned to Paris, the king and his family had no choice but to accept any demands put upon them by the people and to remain in their home as prisoners.
Growing up is usually so painful that people make comedies out of it to soften the memory.