The Audacious

34 coming from Izmir arrived in Yerevan with the gifts of the King of France accompanied by Joseph Fabre, son of the late Ambassador Fabre, Fabre’s nephew, Jacques, the Armenian Sufer and the retinue. The Khan of Yerevan instructed the Dīwān’s treasurer to hand all Fabre’s belongings to his son Joseph. As the French gathered grieving over the death of Fabre, majordome Du Hamel was especially upset as it was rumoured that his so-called wife, Marie Petit, had conspired with the Khan of Yerevan to poison the late Fabre. Overtaken by his emotions, Du Hamel shouted at her saying “You are a whore.” Shocked by his words, Marie Petit