Palace of Versailles, July 1936. The unveiling of a stone tablet inscribed with gild letters thanking John D. Rockefeller Jr. for his generosity in the restoration of the palace and other French treasures. It was a splendid combination, the Sun King’s Hall of Mirrors coupled with the evening’s twilight—a most aristocratic contrast. Redd contemplated France’s good fortune at having one of its brightest jewels returned to its original scintillating form. Whereas before it had languished in disrepair, pieces of it having been broken or stolen, whisked away to various parts of the globe, Rockefeller—in addition to a cadre of more anonymous contributors, Redd thought with a smirk—had broken the bank to return Versailles to its former glory.