|Let them eat Giant Almond Roulade (with berry garnish!)|
Again, I am going off on a tangent... Back to the story in hand. I finished my (pretty crappy) cappucino and accompanying (absolutely devine) monster chocolate roulade (that I ate all by myself) and headed to the shop. I wanted to bring home a treat for my husband and maybe even a little something more for me. I was checking out the baked cheesecakes, banana loaves and chunky rocky road squares when I noticed something written on the boxes. I picked it up for closer inspection. Yes, I was right. It said "Let them eat cake." With a picture of Marie Antoinette for good measure. For those of you who were asleep during Junior Cert History - "Let them eat cake" is the rumoured line offered by Antoinette when told starving peasants had no bread.
Now, I know many historians will say Marie Antoinette was unfairly targeted by the French revolutionists. She was, essentially, completely ignorant of the world around her. She wasn't to blame for the poverty of the peasants in a country ruled by her husband. But at the same time, it was that ignorance that led to the French Revolution. That's how closed off the upper classes were to the working classes. They lived in their ostentatious land of brioche, Camembert and champagne, oblivious to the suffering of the masses. Not unlike the pretentious patronage of THE Avoca., eh? (Joke!)
And that's why I hate them using that tag line. That quote represents everything that is wrong with the world, then and now. And Avoca 's use of it shows a total disregard for the suffering of not only those French peasants but the suffering of others that still goes on today and tomorrow and probably forever.
Surely I am not blaming The Avoca for world poverty? Have I gone too far? Wait until you see my post on Abercrombie and Fitch.