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(1755–1793) queen of France to whom is attributed this statement on the solution to bread famine: “Let them eat cake.” [Fr. Hist.: NCE, 1696]
unsuccessful ploy to win back Bastien. [Ger. Opera: Mozart, Bastien and Bastienne, Westerman, 83]
feigned indifference; knitted while executions were taking place. [Br. Lit.: A Tale of Two Cities]
inhabitant of ancient Greek city, Laodicea; people noted for indifferent attitude toward religion. [Gk. Hist.: NCE, 1529]
New York City
(37–68) Roman Emperor who is reported to have fiddled while Rome burned. [Rom. Hist.: Misc.]
often thought of as a metropolis of cold, uncaring people. [Pop. Culture: Misc.]
passed life in torpor; symbolically, died sleeping. [Russ. Lit.: Oblomov]
indicates apathy and noncaring. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 177]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.