Once again, Laetitia met her tour group in Dublin, where they went to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells, a sixth-century illuminated manuscript attributed to St. Columba that is considered by some to be Ireland’s greatest national treasure. The book gets its name from the monastery at Kells in County Meath, where it was housed during the Middle Ages.
Leaving Trinity College, Laetitia and her group walked to St. Stephen’s Green, past the fountain statue of Wolfe Tone, one of the leaders of the United Irishmen in the revolt of 1798. As they approached the fountain, they heard raised voices. In the center of a crowd of onlookers, a French tourist, naked from the waist down, was having a noisy dispute with the police. After the police covered her with a raincoat and led her to their vehicle, a member of the French tour group she was traveling with said that the lady, whose name was Renee, had an obsession for personal hygiene that had led to the altercation. The event was the source of the day’s limerick.
At the Stephens Green fountain Renee
Cursed police as they led her away
And in French did in vain
Attempt to explain
That her hotel room had no bidet.