The Audacious

12 Had the French Ambassador to Constantinople, De Ferriol, been asked about Fabre’s appointment, he would have said Fabre was not fit for that position, and he would have nominated someone else. In 1703, the arrangements for the diplomatic mission had been completed. Everything the mission required was carefully thought and implemented. Ambassador Fabre was given servants and a retinue. But as a result, matters did not go well for him as he became unable to pay for his own food, nor that of his servants and retinue. In his attempt to find a way out, he approached Marie Claude Petit and confided to her about the terrible conditions he was living under. He begged and pleaded with her to help him in his