As the oldest of five children, Mathilde worked to establish herself early on.
On Sunday Belgium celebrated the coronation of Prince Philippe and his wife, Princess Mathilde.
I first met her when she and Dr. Mathilde Krim formed Cinema Against AIDS, the amfAR charity event held every year in Cannes.
There are many women who, like Mathilde Sebastian, are readier to love success than console failure.
Mathilde was mollified, but she knew what was fitting, if the Princess did not.
"I am horrified at having given myself to the first man who came along," said Mathilde crying with rage against herself.
"Just a moment, Mathilde," he would say, and finish a paragraph.
He did not forget to efface the mark which the ladder had left on the bed of exotic flowers under Mathilde's window.
And I should very much like to have made Mathilde fall in love with me.
He had made his arrangements in advance for Fouqu to take Mathilde and madame de Rnal away on the morning of his last day.