(The) Louis XVI was called “the Baker,” the queen was
called “the baker's wife” (or La Boulangère), and the dauphin
the “shop boy;” because a heavy trade in corn was carried on at
Versailles, and consequently very little was brought to Paris.
“The return of the baker, his wife, and the shop-boy to Paris [after
the king was brought from Versailles] had not had the expected effect.
Flour and bread were still scarce.” —A. Dumas: The Countess de
Charny, chap. ix.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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