Madame du Barry’s final struggle for life did not, therefore, reveal her mean origins, they revealed instead a too-tenacious grip on life and the despair of one who a moment before had believed herself saved. The merciful drug of resignation did not have time paralyze her senses. Neither emotionally nor physically did she go to the guillotine a dying woman. To the last moment she was alive and like a trapped animal every instinct caused her to struggle for life.

Stanley Loomis, Du Barry