those who barely missed becoming historic: laigle ‘bossuet’ de meaux
Bossuet was a gay but unlucky fellow. His specialty was not to succeed in anything. As an offset, he laughed at everything. He possessed knowledge and wit, but all he did miscarried. He soon reached his last sou, never his last burst of laughter. When adversity entered his doors, he saluted this old acquaintance cordially.