Pauline Tourzel escaped death during September Massacres, with aid of some revolutionaries.

“Will you be able to save my mother’s life, monsieur?”

The 17 year old Pauline, daughter of the duchesse de Tourzel (governess to Marie Antoinette’s children) endured agonies when Marie Antoinette’s palace was stormed and she was separated from her mother. 

She witnessed the slaughter of many courtiers in the palace – many of whom she would have known. She was eventually reunited with her mother, imprisoned in La Force Prison, but again separated from her mother and placed in a dungeon which was so low she could not stand up. She was only reunited with her mother yet again when Manuel (commander of the National Guard) was persuaded by the kindly Monsieur Hardi to bring the family together, as the duchesse de Tourzel had not stopped crying on being separated from her daughter.

Hardi saved Pauline’s life, during the massacres at the prison, and returned to the prison to save her mother’s life, also.

After her ordeal, Pauline was reluctant to discuss her experiences for the rest of her life.