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This site is dedicated to the life and work of the British author George Orwell who achieved prominence in the late 1940's as the author of two brilliant ...
Note that chapter and line references correspond with the 1674 version of the text, available online here .
The Estates-General convened in the Grands Salles des Menus-Plaisirs in Versailles on 5 May 1789 and opened with a three-hour speech by Necker. The Third Estate demanded that the credentials of deputies should be verified by all deputies, rather than each estate verifying the credentials of its own members, but negotiations with the other estates failed to achieve this. The commoners appealed to the clergy, who asked for more time. Necker then stated that each estate should verify its own members' credentials and that the king should act as arbitrator.