Chapter 1: A Man Apart
He came to Paris, where he cut such a fine figure that he held the bank at Faro. He usually played at the house of a famous actress, where they played for high stakes, although he was in as great demand with Princes and Lords of the first order, as in the most celebrated academies, where his noble manners and even temper, distinguished him from other players.
Barthélemy Marmont du Hautchamp, Histoire du système de finances
It is an evening in November 1708 in the Parisian salon of Marie-Anne de Chateauneuf -- "La Duclos" -- a celebrated actress of Paris's Comédie...