750. The tutor was a bachelor and it was natural for him to feel towards Angela and Marie Antoinette as he would to his own children if he had had any. That being the situation sometimes the music sessions were devoted to storytelling. He would tell them some anecdote from his past in Italy. After the incident with his viola he was extremely tempted to punish them, but that impulse combined with his affection for them resulted in his telling them a story from his childhood.
751. It was a very curious story and I do not know if it is true. What was remarkable about it was that the music tutor managed to combine the fact that he was a bachelor, that he was devoted to his two students and yet he wanted to punish them. All of this was combined in an anecdote, not about himself but about Antonio Vivaldi whom his father had worked for in Venice when he as a boy. What follows is that story.