Lead: In Paris of the 1700s, leading figures of the French Enlightenment would gather to discuss
important topics of the day in the salon of Madame Geoffrin.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the years before mass media captured, some would say numbed, people's minds and imagination, often great pleasure was derived from simple conversation. Groups would gather, either on small town front porches or in more sophisticated surroundings and talk to each other. The examination of new ideas, the cultivation of wit and the clever turn of phrase demonstrated that a person was civilized, cultured, intelligent. In the years running up to the French Revolution, often such discussion groups would gather in the parlor or salon of a socially prominent hostess. There the ideas of men and women such as Isaac Newton, Rousseau, Mary Wollstonecraft, Voltaire and his mistress Madame du Chatelet, were tossed about and discussed and in the salons of Paris, some said, there was hatched up a Revolution.

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