THE MEMORIES OF GIACOMO CASANOVA
"The duke's love of grandeur was apparent in his complex: beautiful buildings, fabulous stables, splendid hunting, and all nature of whims cost him a lot of money; however, he spent tremendous sums on high salaries and even higher sums on his theater and his mistresses. [...] Noverre was his choreographer and ballet director, and he sometimes used up to one hundred background actors. A skilled stage technician and the best stage painters worked neck and neck with each other and at great expense to create a believable performance for the audience. All the female dancers were attractive and prided themselves for having brought their lord joy at least once."