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Sometimes a tale is told so often, it becomes almost as good as the truth. One such tale, repeated for more than two centuries, involved a frivolous, self-centered queen who asked why her subjects were rioting. Famine, she was told. The price of flour was so high, people couldn’t afford to bake bread. “If they cannot eat bread, let them eat cake,” was the queen’s legendary reply. The speaker in the story was Marie Antoinette, queen of France. The phrase “Let them eat cake” helped fire a revolution that left thousands dead, the nation in turmoil, the monarchy destroyed, and Marie herself beheaded. But there’s a problem with this story. It isn’t true.