The second estate of French society was made up of the nobility. These nobles lived on manors which they had inherited. The second estate consisted of about 2% of the total population who owned about 25% of the total land in France.
These nobles collected dues and rent from the peasants who lived on their lands. This endless source of income allowed them to live a lavish lifestyle.
What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
The dome on Monticello, Thomas Jefferson''s home, conceals a billiards room. In Jefferson''s day, billiards were illegal in Virginia.