In order to receive absolution for his soul, Louis XV had to send his mistress, Madame du Barry, away from his court. He asked to receive her in his bedchamber and told her:
Madame, I am very ill; I know what I must do … We must part. … be assured that I shall always entertain for you the most tender affection.
That same evening, the king called for his valet de chambre and asked for Madame du Barry to be brought to him.
“Sire, she has gone,” answered the valet-de-chambre.
“Whither has she gone?”
“To Rueil, Sire.”
The king, it is said, began to cry.