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    ildingen,daughteroftheDuchess

    en,motherofGeorginaand

    nephewofPrint Ethelbert,and

    heDuchessvonW ildingen,

    w,andgodfatherofGeorgina.

    eureich,sonofPrinceEthelbert.

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    ybestthanks

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    ildingen

    ouslybusy,and

    thatis, everyonebutyour

    yandidleindeed.The

    us,andmysisterwill be

    ythingwillbeas gayas

    inmyroomduringHis

    says,butofcourseI shallbe

    morrow,andshallflyoffto

    haveme, ifnooneelsewill.

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    eneedleworkand

    eanybetter, doyouthink

    eeI mnotwhollybad. Do,

    wtoteachme,sothat you

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    ulein.Isimplyknowthat

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    raulein, how Idolove

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    myownface,andplay

    onedayattractahand-

    resemblemy cousin

    he c hlossonawhitecharger,

    stofamysterioushorn.

    marriagenevertookplac e the

    kenoff,youremember.

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    naPaulinawillnotprovea

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    er,whilegivingPrincess

    edlework.

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    loss, worthyofa alvatore

    eprovedaheavyburden

    kindlyintervention.Ifear

    calleda distraughtfamily,

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    thuswith apprehension.

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    ordinner whentheheroic

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    amber,Georginahad

    rresponsible,theimage

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    rus all.H erhandswere

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    wouldbecrueltodeprive

    oherfavouritehorse,so

    runs offtohisstable.

    adeany arrangementsas

    eceremony,which,asyou

    buttheybothseem

    ouldbesoon. Ihavenot

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    lookforwardtoyour

    teofthe marriage

    estionsof etiquetteand

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    Mantegna. There I

    rebetween ing rederic

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    er Irushedoff thestage

    urlove, dearPrinc e. H owshall

    ene Thepassionate

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    over,and thepartinghad

    are.B utshefeltstrongly

    thefiercedesire ofH elen

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    foremystill outstretched

    utafewmomentslater

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    ialcrownofA reineureich.

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    e EmperorMatthewwas

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    asoneof utterfreedomto

    ybedeprivedofthe heir-

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    omentwhenImetthat

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    ps.I falteredbeforethe

    lanc e. H esaid, B eware

    willprovethelossof

    aybehis life. Theman

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    ongue. Whathisaim

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    ,fair Prince.Ishall

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    of mylove. arewell.

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    Ihavecontrivedtokeep

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    fowers myfavourite

    inigagliatoher ister,

    ewsofyourbetrothal.

    about Doeshebelievea

    nbemadetoawaithisbon

    drop thatflirtationwith

    wasatthe Palacedinner

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    notlikeDoc tor c hulte

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    shouldnothingcomeof

    tEstaia, forHeaven ssake

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    uroldtemplesandthe

    and landscapeschainhim

    osehistory seemsto

    ofenthusiasm.

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    pparentatanyrateuntilthe

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    hulteandmotherwere

    marriagebetweenmyself

    e i n g of u e vo r a n i di o t.

    itiswellknownthathe

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    dingento raulein

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    hetrain ofmywhite

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    cateof theneedle H eworea

    aloosemantle,shortas

    enetkings,amantleof

    goverhis rightshoulder

    hairgolden,hiseyesblue,

    wedlow.Icollected

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    uthe,unabashedbymy

    whoIwas.

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    uppressedlaughter,andI

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    fa ir ind. A lpen-rosesare

    our tyrianmountains.

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    ,andtheyoungmanwas

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    atease withhim,asifhe

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    sawhimwalkingswiftly

    aulinacametome.

    e, k issingmew ildly , youmet

    his morning.

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    gmaninwhite, withashortblue

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    ec iousthings eventhough

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    ammer-Dienerof

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    lyoneempire Thefate

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    ehystericalfit to

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    room,a radiant

    arelikehertongue unruly

    onepinwhichwasmeantforthe

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    skedtobe pardoned.I

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    dof theEmperorandof the

    symatch-maker,etc.

    egreate penseoc c asioned

    Ihatetohearanopen

    ar raulein,shallIhave

    entheEmperorisgoneand

    ndwhen,Isuppose,our

    nahugehost1 Ihate

    mothermoanoveroure -

    epstothethrone overour

    be immenselywealthy,

    ef romselling elim.

    ou rauleinL iliand

    gformeagain.To-

    thfuland solemnde-

    ottotellyouthat the

    asketfulofthe rare

    hadonebig flowerleft,

    mself,ifI consented

    withhim.Imustask

    cept.

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    lein Whataterrible, what

    en,and whereshallIfind

    ish,myrapture,and,

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    gofself-consciousnessand

    ratesme

    ttheball. Tomysur-

    edgallery,usheredinby

    oneseemedtobelookingat

    nsseemedtohavemadea

    etotakeprecedenceofmy

    oseuponmyheels,paleas

    s sheworeina string

    nA nnaPaulina. A nd

    ndwhispered, Mind,

    ncebeforethe endofthe

    youmust walkthe

    ofA reineureich.

    ellaatmidnightsawher

    ecomeareality, saidthe

    other sside.

    evening,withmuffled

    erioussmilesaroundme,and

    oks, andA nnaPaulina shaunted

    ndthetallEmperorbend-

    osethat hislightmous-

    hair.H ewasnotso

    the othermorning,and

    naPaulina,andshenever

    him, butseemedto

    angeandbewildering,like

    outany attendant

    thoughtmeofthe Man

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    alwaysCousin rederic s

    rederic sshadow . Ithought

    s,asthepianomoanedand

    travelledfar,far fromthe

    nythousandsofhuman

    amysteryfrommy

    andI scarcelytouched

    wemetandpartedinthe

    o thankhimforthepass-

    nimmenseedelweiss,whose

    hdiamonds.Iremained

    d.W asthegorgeous

    oe A pangof jealousy

    elovedmysisterso

    atifyher bypleasingme.

    dstill, inspiteof thewhite

    dairs anddignifiedatti-

    rw ithoutonesy llableof

    rorsmiledatriumphant

    telyreflectedontheface

    now,but slightlyshorter

    muchabovethemedium

    shher proudheadabove

    smiletoo, asmileso

    hantomofasmile andas

    ,witharms e tended,for

    dlikeonecruci vdagainst

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    ries.Theball wasat

    ents,onebyone,ushered

    edinbytwochamberlains.

    anotefrommymother,

    ithmebeforeIrose this

    Paulinahadsomethingto

    eep, oIsentmymaid

    offmyball-dressandmy

    atpeculiarlyheavy

    pwellearnedbythe inmates

    asilencewhic hthesoundof

    etriedinvaintobreak

    er itscharm,Ialmostfell

    hichso frightenedyou,

    torcalledbya weirdname

    opronounce.Thefrou-

    rustlingdownthecorri-

    ofmysister,and atthe

    red,evenbeforeIcould

    hec andles, Georgina. Myeyes

    re " A ndIblewoutthe

    andelabrashonelike

    andtheshadowof the

    crossthefloor.On the

    sformswayedtoandf ro,

    at Ihadoneday tried

    estem,andthestem was

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    eavy,forthe flowerwas

    ver,and thestemto

    gain,inthat lowvoice

    ceinherandmakesher

    Georgina,walkstraightinto

    ayseeyourfacewhileI

    Paulinasteppedintotheshade,

    he wasnotthere,butfor

    e, shesaid, anddonot

    edspeaking.Georgina,

    urfather sroofyesterday,

    gina,underourfather s

    ndyouarethat bride.

    slearnttolove you,and

    Godbedone.I have

    nd mysacrificenow

    butGod sw illhastakenmy

    ever,andever,andever.

    atingthephrase forever

    verstop.Thesoundof

    fingerswrestlingtogether

    anguishofherheart.

    uteand helpless,

    mymouth, andA nna

    mperorisin lovewithyou,

    l inloveinthe very

    ng,andhespoke tomother

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    eptohis engagementwith

    willIreleasedhim.

    ouldsayanymoreI

    tinto theshadow,and

    ndwhydidyoureleasehim,

    r ie d . W h y n o t cl i ng t o y ou r

    A reyouac oward, togive

    Oh, whydidyourelease

    dtounderstandthe

    n.A sighofreliefescaped

    etomarrytheEmperor, then

    wasaflameinme,and

    fusetomarryyourbetrothed

    ongerso yes, evenif

    ccomplishedyoursacrifice

    regret.

    , hotandrapid, fellonmy

    myball-dress. My

    esaid. Whateverhappens,

    ng yetitwouldbebetter

    oor motherisnotgetting

    ourH ouseisinvolvedin

    wofferedtoyou.You

    milyandour people.

    armly,andthesweet

    truckchordsofpityand

    hswhichhadhitherto

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    tIinsisted: Don tbe

    htforyourlove f ight

    "

    said, Itwouldbequite

    myenemy,perhaps

    ronglyenough,andlove

    ieveme donotallow

    ormeas yoursisterto

    andtheprospectsof our

    tbest,doomed,Ifear,to a

    rethasnotbeensowell

    reineureichwouldever

    wifeamongthe daughters

    eEthelbertsucceeded

    awfulmaladyis not

    gina,mothermightdie

    eour roofwithoutbeing

    ewillnothaveme,and,

    yselfuponhim.

    eofyou, A nnaPaulina "

    e,whensomeonedeems

    becomethebrother-in-

    eineureich.

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    kenheartstillbleeding "

    eorgina, shesaid, as

    ight.Letthisinter-

    been asifaghosthad

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    rbynight.To-morrowI

    urengagement,andassure

    rybeginningthe Emperor s

    uin secret.

    poc risy, A nnaPaulina, I

    othingof thek ind. Iwas

    ourtintrigues.I will

    ntions.

    eandthenecessityof

    sof ourrankmust

    sinbondage,Georgina,

    demurely andtheat-

    ensityseemedsuddenly

    nlight ssadnessstill

    houghwewerebothstill

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    es amirrorasblac k

    utwhenA nnaPaulina

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    ncesses,andthatour

    riblepossibilityonly,

    akenbymostofthe

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    rof herdarlingsister

    greata tributetothose

    ehistoryisabloodyand

    nnaPaulinahadmentioned

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    ouseandourrank , and

    r.Imustmarrythe

    h. hepressedmefondly

    stantIsaw herslender

    on-rays,thenIheardthe

    awayalong thecorridor,

    n all-powerfulsilence

    ilenc ewhosefettersitisso

    ldI, Ithought, butf ill its

    long,unrestrainedshriek,

    rommother sroomwhen

    ehasoneofherheadaches " The

    koutintothevaste panse

    waterfilledmyveinsand

    enedthe window,and

    oiceroseinwildscream

    ein,itwaswrong,butI felt

    wasat workwithmyvoice,

    nforest,torrentand

    ngerbear itsknotted

    hair,allowingthe long

    goutof thew indow and

    rebecomeagoldenstair-

    sandspirits direand

    ddescendedinconfused

    rshriek tilltheleavesof

    bodyswayedand my

    eitwasthatIfeltmother s

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    wherweeping,and

    mytemplesand assuring

    eptso farfromour

    othaveheardme.

    umber,andIdreamed

    everforget,0 raulein,

    ewaythe dreammust

    dreamedthatIlayin a

    derandfloor andmasts

    moss-roses,andI,ina

    epetals,withasceptreof

    azedwithenchantedeyes,

    na sunnywideriver.

    acefulcathedrals,crowds

    passed,castleswhose

    hesummerair,rose onall

    ersaccompaniedme,while

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    andbridgesmadeallof

    chesaboveourheads.B ut

    n,onebyonethe roses

    tandprow intothe

    wdsandcitiesandthe

    dedaway,and palaces

    environedbywildforests,

    esoundofbuglesandhorns,

    ontoursintheriver.My

    a staffofthorns,andmy

    thatthecruelpoints

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    sawaman sshadow lie

    hadowvanished,andalso

    yown formlyingout-

    eardpeople around

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    ngIshall probablynot

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    ginonme.

    k indestof rauleins,

    myhouseholdwhenI am

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    wantsomeonefrom

    e. WhileIamveryhappy

    soppressedbyadreadful

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    homIloveandwho, Iknow ,

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    tedpoorPrinc essA nna

    brilliantpositionwhich

    rn.I knowhowdeeply

    hedtoyou, andasH er

    nedtochoosemyhumble

    as Iamto accompany

    earandhonoured raulein

    defendme Iam

    worthyofyournotice,but

    wntoall, andIfeelsure

    whoisrespectfully

    yB randt.

    attheEmperor s

    hangein myprospects.

    hosefavourIdidnotpossess,

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    inaword, Princ ess

    medwithmymerits,and

    na.Unfortunately,that

    owhomthefutureEmpress

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    inmyhands. otheold

    dand,beforene tyear

    ImperialCourtinA reina.

    her.I shallplaypussy

    spec tfully . B uthush

    rs.

    nacrieshereyesout

    room,butputsona decent

    ceinpublic.H ersisteris

    ouslycoldtotheEmperor

    er, amoreinfatuatedloverIhave

    o saythereisno fuss

    nnaPaulina,andsheis a

    erselfwearisome.DidI

    sipid Ifindher

    oteddaughter,

    eureich(Uncleof

    DuchessofW ildingen,

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    nd,Doctor chulte,and

    ns,werealonethewitnesses

    yimposedonmebythe

    ylawfulwife.Thatyou

    hhercuriousdoctrines

    doubt.Youhavegiven

    sdaughter,andbeliedthe

    ntrivedtoforceuponone

    ledagainstlearning.I

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    m obligedtoacknowledge

    ess,cruelasanyCaracalla

    chafool

    t wo m an B u t I a m n o t

    him.Youmustapply

    and perhapskindly

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    veyouthefamousleapoverac off in

    hemaypossibly f indthat

    tyandprecedentandthe

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    tobereprimandedthan

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    urredyourmaretoa mad

    orefathersin pain.I

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    ngtotheW ildingenset.

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    tomethroughyou,

    cturesandstatuesand

    mberhasbeenhallowed

    lustrioustombsand

    savemefrom thegriefs

    downon myoldage.

    nmyveins. A slongas

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    e enteredintothecycle

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    withpaintedfaces,ofmock

    dsoi-disantscoundrels.

    esingleatomofrealitycan

    actress,norin herheart.

    eofthedistancethat

    mthe personagesshe

    blystepsovertheslight

    everconfusingherown

    mentswhichshemust

    enceasifshefelt them.I

    ot, Joachim.Itisnot

    bygonecenturies,which

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    ehadabandonedtheir

    ptiedtheir beingsof

    spaceforthefeelingsthey

    e Emperordoesnot

    tohim.Icannotkeep

    mightthrustintothe

    oveastumbling-blockto

    the ignoraor ignorina

    thesewomenareMrs.or

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    eftear.Theyarelike

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    entofmatrimony.I

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    ofamorganatic union I

    sof myaversionto

    entoLinaMarinaandher

    dappearworthyof the

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    ds,hasbeentoraise

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    ewellto mycollection.

    swellasyourfather sheart

    ever gatesof ironwhich

    ifyoumarrythe

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    mpressperhaps(Georgina

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    hat Job,CountGiulio,

    youarecomingback

    glia,andIcannotbut

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    enteringa familyofsuch

    d youhowmanytimes

    tbeforeyour birth,and

    forms,andthecrimesyou

    inedeedsachievedbyone

    dyet notyourownself,

    usandyearsago B ut

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    otherthanmomentarily

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    d.Theyhadmet

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    nigagliatoher ister,

    turn Thesooner

    erkingdomandthecontrol

    s all.Thatchild

    fher senses.Iamafraid

    urtandtownbythis

    rcelylessgrotesquethan

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    onfromabove,andthat in

    wasac amel-driver. Where

    are,andtransformedinto

    nenigma butIcansee

    andwhatJohnGrey,the

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    nceConsort,thatisto

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    aresoldatthec ornersof

    rietyiseasilygained.

    eEmperorconsenttothe

    naticwretchwillcreepinto

    earetoldthatGeorgina,

    dofkindliness,takesto

    probablyfeelattracted

    ecurtseys.W hatcanbe

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    onfirmedwidower.

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    weweretogetherina

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    nity tome mysoulhas

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    turingto athrongof

    ressedthehopeandjoyyou

    dsofimmortalportentfell

    amsontired waves.I

    ouweresayingtothem:

    higherinthe scaleofhuman

    alkw ithhandsandeyes

    ilverlink thatbindsasoul

    e.Re-embodimentislike

    htoatreeafter itswinter

    ulateeveryoneofyour

    themall takestheupper

    dreason,as theshepherd

    stures. Youcalleddown

    ernal piritthatpervades

    ndthenf twasthatIasked

    ndto guideme.A nddo

    nswered,JohnGrey

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    ndsa thrillthrough

    spiralsofsnow-whitesmoketheir

    byTime andyoupointed

    egodsandgoddesseswhose

    semarblesaregone,and

    rth orrottedinthe sea.

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    perilouscharmensnared

    longerheard.B utgods

    thousands,notin shrines

    arieswheregoldand

    soul ofman,yea,inevery

    ightanddreamsunder

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    yOlivia issafe,andhas

    ohanna.

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    worthyofyourkind

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    oreachyoursoul

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    ndgenerallytheysucceed

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    hefatalrecord. atality,

    edictions,oldanathema

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    eethhad droppedinto

    restedin itsdepths.A nd

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    betterofmother streble,

    ofherworstdays. Whatshe

    theImperial familyof

    efects,vices,complaints,

    aces,Icouldnotrepeat,nor

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    wfulword,thefuture

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    eknewthatPrinceEthel-

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    ceEthelbertisa jolly,

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    dyll withLinaMarina.

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    pring.B uttheEmperor

    theideaofgettinga fair

    viaseemssofittedto

    otreflect TheEmperor,

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    f romtheQueen. tupid

    erthesameunconscionable

    he dark,workedto

    eenJoachimandOlivia,

    incessandthewayward

    ywretchedsenses,oldman,

    ecauseofthyImperial

    ovedbythe suddenlove

    eartatthesightofa

    ustneedsdonthe

    om.LinaMarinalearnt

    andguile,throughthy

    to makethatactresshis

    atcloudedthystupid

    r chulte.ThePrincess

    comethe Emperor

    roris beneaththedaughter

    rvenuconquerordeserves

    gitsdescentbyages.A h,

    c hulte, forafewkindlinesin

    old,thou,vilest ofmortals,

    een A ndDoc tor c hulte,

    mitieshehadbroughtupon

    ellintothe depthsofa

    quiveringandwetwith

    sedagainsthis temples.

    chI havenever

    gthechamberwithhasty

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    ess,theQ ueenfellon

    chairwhereDoctor chulte

    hetookthoseawfulhands

    dainfulringers,and said,

    now , whohaseverbeforewon

    ajesty " dearestand

    eep Donotgrieve.

    sletter. Inmybreast-

    dheron andhesearc hedin

    and drewoutinsteada

    les,ayellowkerchiefand

    okthepurseand filled

    lwayskeepsinthesilken

    rge,andthepurselooked

    eatherthingswallowed

    likeahungrymouth,

    Motherthrustthepurse

    indignantlyhethrew iton

    arfromthearm-chair,

    DearDoctor,writetothe

    ce,simple girl,and

    eople. heisnotover-

    antly,andarrangesome

    offmyreturntoEstaia.

    otinterferewiththe

    uleswell,evenata

    sweredtheweepingmonster

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    ard,toohumbleforsuchan

    knowhowtowordmy

    d Iw illdic tateittoyou,

    move. Here, Olivia, help

    Doctor c hulte. Here,

    table. A ndweboth

    rontof theoldman s

    wouldyoubelieveit

    proppedhim,andbathed

    eau-de-Cologne.

    ngand sighinglike

    mosthideouspieceof

    .Inmymindtherewas

    nationnottowritethat

    mperorL eone sproposal

    t curiouslyboundto

    smovements, andtowatc hin

    outof hisdifficulty.H e

    rk.H egroanedand

    effortstoopenhis waist

    butwhilsthislefthand

    seehis righthangdown

    clutchthe disdained

    ouderhegroaned,and

    hhisbreathcameoutin

    Q ueenbecamequite

    nting God, heisdy ing "

    ar, ringquic kly and

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    perfumedeau-de-Cologne

    ows,tillhesneezed,a

    ookforamortalsymptom.

    oor,and Isupposehetook

    acksandthrustthe purse

    henwereturnedtofind

    m-chair,theleather

    servantsnowfilledthe

    t e D o c to r c h ul t e M y

    sof deceittillIcould

    ispocket buttheQueen

    ngbut thegurgling

    esonorouschest.

    mehome hemuttered.

    nsciousnessnow He speaks

    ymother.

    Therequestwasnowrenewed

    as throughhishalf-closed

    edourCourtdoctor,whose

    ewithconcernandan iety

    oned. Takemehome

    "

    oached,raisedDoctor

    onto theirstalwartshoulders

    nsandthat uglysoundof

    chultemadeapart-trium-

    rt-pathetice itfromthe

    . A ndoneof thefootmentold

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    hisfeetassoonas he

    use,and thatasmileof

    andtheresettledon his

    tenthat lettertothe

    scussingwith mother

    ultebeingmenacedwith

    rt-disease,whenanote

    d,thankingtheQ ueenfor

    erMajestythat,the

    beingover, hehadonthespot

    essageto theforeignsovereign

    ssOlivia. Motheralmost

    djoy. hekissedme,and

    ress, andadvisedmeto

    yonmy firstmeetingwith

    enI metCountGiulio.

    asneverbeforementioned

    ndsheaddedthatJohanna

    pressalso,bymarrying

    ainlymustlongfora demure

    earJohannaissomewhatof

    itesthat averyremark-

    nA merican,isatpresent

    ourgirl ssoul. Ihear, said

    hGrey isvenerableand

    ottocontradictmother

    nehow ayoungstudentwith

    aircanbe austere.

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    r. c hulte sletter, Ithink

    edallherplansand hopes

    ortheentranceofa

    know,dearsister,thatwe

    mperial Palacein

    alfortressitmightbec alled: towers,

    uaintcorridors,antique

    ethespiritof theMiddle

    umerablenumberofunten-

    ontotheapartments,richly

    andbeneaththeright

    fA reineureichinhabits,a

    windandsnow,andin

    isiblebeneaththeflame

    of anemptycoffin,guarded

    rsinarmour,withnaked

    sacredgrandeur,awe

    isrenderstheImperial ortressa

    osphereasdarkandfor-

    .Idonotenvy thelovely

    howilllearninthis palace

    reineureichcanlieonher

    otPrincessGeorgina.

    hatswaysthisCourtis

    pectedyeteverpresent,must

    fulimaginationandtaint

    ngsof innocentjoy.It

    sionovereverydesire,as

    wncountryraisedtheir

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    eringstepsof thosewho

    eirsolemnanathemas.

    sthatmadethe panish

    e.A nditis interestingto

    odernideassoarduously

    reinahaspenetratedinto

    estill unconquered

    ensarewildgirlsac-

    out-of-doorlife,and

    eror.Thesmartaide-

    fno smallimportance,ashe

    erMajesty spleasureto

    reineureich.Mothermade

    er,andwhenI reflected

    ror sv isitmighthave

    mstances,Ifeltalmost

    lte. Youknowmother

    hermaternalduties,and

    nusallthe warmthofher

    her ambitiousdesigns.

    udged,forshe isathorough

    essesaremarkablesensi-

    smarkedbybeautifultraits,

    therand aqueen.The

    ewhoarestartledby her

    layuponhercredulityby

    t vibrateinherheart

    mire herasmuchas

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    eryfirst. hepossesses,

    lunfitnessforlivingthe

    ein whichherdouble

    ayconcerned.Her

    erpeople,fillin thewhole

    spectiveinwhichhere ist-

    gthevisibleevidencesof

    eveimplicitlythatthe

    everbeopento her

    overwhosedestiniesshe

    intheworldworthyofthe

    en,themultitudeofphoto-

    ontables, c hairsandf loor

    hotographs,notoneofwhich

    drenin everyperiodof

    nigaglianlandscapes,views

    , themountains,thepoets,

    ve land....A ndshe

    hingelse cataclysmsor

    e worldthan inigagliado

    willceaseto beasocial

    nceswillnolonger form

    einEuropeon thedaywe

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    datrainof splendidcourtiers.

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    ebeenconfrontedwithhis

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    orLeoneinthebackground

    failure.

    veIeverdesc ribedhimtoyou

    very fair, veryslender, verydelic ate

    herevelsintheveries. A ll

    e cessive:fairness,

    timport hisblondeskin

    esthroughhis softblonde

    sahistoric alfeature a

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    butremarkablytactful.

    ssedwhenheinquired

    turntoEstaia.W enow

    c hulte sdec ision, or

    e melancholymonarchon

    mingmyhusbandwillbe

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    smilinglyassertedthattherewouldbe

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    blissthatisbeing prepared

    retch,LinaMarina,has

    ntoleave thestage.B ut

    nctionat theOperain

    sGeorgina,andthe

    hedtohearher future

    thelattersinksinto the

    nce shalf-spouse.Iam

    of feelings,andamhalf

    veitsintricacies.Count

    ractioninmythoughts,

    homone mightlove,were

    andthemelancholy

    tolife curiouslyentangled

    haveweprincessestheright

    , ifwehappentopossessit, to

    famber,treadsthegardens

    a. We arenotusedtothe

    he mistysplendourshed

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    mb.Ourruins arestones

    esglide overthem.

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    ithherphilosopher s

    everbeenamouredbutin

    norinaL inaMarina.

    evengood

    eyougavememustnever

    rtal.I willhelpyou.

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    d happy.Occasionally,

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    ould neverliveunder

    n andthenyourlearned

    tedinParisarepositiveas

    everregaininghermental

    ationastohercondition

    emstome anabsolute

    etrievablygone. how

    ss.Makenoeffortto

    esme,whosesoleaim it

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    Rememberhowashamed

    splainnessmadeuswhenwe

    oemor apagefrom

    deredthatevenover-tired

    potfromaNausicaawith

    dhugenose.

    somethingunheard-of

    andmarvellousand

    ctiveunderthesunto-

    emtogether atherisin

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    c tedthemoontofallright

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    alalliancewithEmperor

    atherOliv iashouldmarry

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    bruck.Oneofus must

    motherw illdie. ather s

    arefirm,buttheQ ueenis

    reator sbountytoH is

    o reasonwithacloudas

    ndasto itsdirection,

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    ondsonof uevoris

    teen, andheisnot

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    tastefulto onewho

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    headofhim,andheralds

    succeedhis father,andbe

    dcontracttokeepclear

    ontractpoorprincesses

    at theyentertheirteens

    uldbesorry, Olivia,if

    unggirlswhoarenot

    anywaytofoster jealousy

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    btler advantagesenjoyed

    iveliberty.

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    oveintelligentandable

    thrillingconcernsofours.

    Prometheus,andwill that

    y,love,fastenits clawsin

    gonthefuture, nordoI

    broughtintomeby the

    d commonplace.Johanna

    wer, ontheInfinite, the

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    orm,whosecontours,I m

    ,thoughasyetunrevealed.

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    andnot over-pretty.

    mightcall herplain,but

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    atthePalaceandask

    oon,betweenhalf-pastthree

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    estoA ngiolinaverymuc h.

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    her, Gaspard c hulte,

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    isnowwithering, uselessandin

    hatherangryshriekscan-

    cannotbeat down.I

    esty,refuseto admiremy

    tthenwewereborn to

    youhavechosenthestraight

    hecrookedone.Yoursis

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    d tediousnessofvirtue

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    awfulwretch.You

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    countryphysic ian. Youtakethe

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    dandsea, andhaslearnt

    dedby thestrongandthe

    toalluringdifficulties,

    nacinglyaroundme,I

    itcomestotruth,I am

    myonlyweakpoint,dear,

    other.A wordofapproba-

    eserpentinme,andyet

    feelthatI hadfallen,and

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    ofarthereis nothingeither

    youcanapproveof.B ut

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    singlemoment,theruffian

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    ntimentalItalianflower-

    trustedanddislikedme,

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    edtobecomeQ ueen

    thesolec onditionofhis

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    sdebts. Withtragic mien

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    ,immense,-everdilated,

    ndyetviolent,theycarry

    infinitethehumangaze

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    eptthek indnuns, to

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    oom. taytheretillIc all

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    atIhadli vedtoseeher

    tedbyme andthat

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    ayedandabandonedme,

    thephantomofa

    mybodyand mind,nowI

    s,andyoumayrepeatit

    thewholeCourt,Doctor

    workwithmeis done,you

    alaceofPrinceJoachim

    drailathimandsay , The

    edpureandtrue,the

    dtomakeyourwife,was

    menofherc lass astage-

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    theloftymarblestaircase,

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    schambercryouttothe

    heart, L inaMarinahasa

    enyearsago, whenL ina

    shetherebecameenamoured

    ngiolinaisthechild

    eloNastor,thefamous

    ai m ed . A n d y o u f or c e yo u r ow n

    ndlowasyoursmust

    odand sin

    moodtowonderat

    vourofmoralityand high-

    answermighthaveproved

    ofTruthhadtakenholdof

    on

    edtomarryme. A f terwards

    nvitedhim totheir

    mplimentsonhim,he

    oughtofmakingagreat

    pain, andtook thec hild

    testhatgatheredather

    thef irstfewmonths, A ngelo

    thenalongsilence,the

    eathofmemory,settled

    areer,andsoon my

    fA ngiolina sfather. H is

    venup thearenaand

    opularmanin pain. B ut

    ps,alsotheideathatI was

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    him.He cametome,and

    thefavourofbecoming

    tandseparationhad

    yheart hispleadingeyes

    e past.Infuriated,the

    ywaytoinjuremein my

    kemychildawayfromme

    meofhis comradesto

    idwhichmighthave

    nttowhomI hadshown

    . A t night, maddenedby

    aris.Youmayremember

    steryof mydisappearance

    ngthat Iwastoplay the

    attheParisOperaHouse,

    ldbe found.Manyof

    wasthewomanwhose

    y inthe eine, withmutilated

    res,attractedasgreata

    onethatwouldhave

    meantime,atInnsbruck,

    tunderafalsename,I

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    onthatdwellsinthat

    historyofmylife.

    r,and sheproposedto

    onvent,addingthatperhaps

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    eteignoranceofher

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    otknowthatI amher

    profession,Isoonnoticed

    entwerenotalways

    Post-cardsandmagazines

    iversallyfamiliar. o,in

    a,Istoppedmyfrequent

    eftInnsbruckforMunich

    rnedtoParis,andfinally

    yingvisit totheInnsbruck

    sfanc y, Iwasafairy, abeing

    egions,andwhocame

    kets.Mybeautifullittle

    ssandlearning L atin,

    dledin hertheloveof

    dwerethenunsof their

    ametheirfavourite,and

    t shepossessedavoice

    earnessandstrength. he

    hat momentImetPrince

    ndeveryotherdreamgave

    ace,andapassionate

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    areofthenuns. Once

    containingdisturbing

    ent,butIput them

    m totheeIsacrif icedthe

    g i ol i na t o t he e "

    omwitha despairing

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    beatherheadagainstthe

    odmethatthegodofart, the

    of love,hadbegunto

    shesleptbadlyand rarely

    day shecontinually

    ein theconventchapel,

    gers alongthechordsof

    ewiththetempestuous

    e. Oh, thatvoiceI

    shatthesame time like

    oic easw ideanddeepasthe

    thesunlitsnowon the

    hegold andthesteelof

    atvoic eintowhoseswelling

    sevenastheriverdis-

    thesurgeof theoc ean

    nventtoits hugefounda-

    ighttheyoungernuns

    ds thegirlscrept,and

    utiful-summons,whilein

    efutureroseandmur-

    leavethisplac ewhere

    nedye,andkeptye far

    nessoflife. inally,

    rways, herlooksprovedso

    that theyaskedmeto

    nsbruck.A ngiolina

    heconvent.Iinspired

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    we,butthere wasnotone

    herheart,andmyown

    ottedout,bythealmost

    sheduponJoachim.I

    awayat thisorthat

    re,andIhad tokeepher

    . ThePrince simplicitc on-

    see aslittleofmy child

    esina boarding-house,

    ckedagainsther. he

    actress likemyself . The

    yes,thoughher education

    ainst itatpresent.

    terifonewishesto

    otbring herselfto

    ompanionsshemeetsat

    estherulesfor deportment

    cloistersheshowed

    er,theactress,andher

    eador onthestage, her

    sarethoseof ademure

    ignoraMarina, answeredI.

    elovely ignorinaintoac areer

    whicharehatefulto

    ecurringagaintoher

    tweenher trembling

    Oh, Joac him Joachim

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    do H owshallIsurv ive

    saidI, w ithac almnessofatti-

    ofvoicethatmadeher

    seebutonewayoutof

    d,mayIadd,your

    resentI havebeenso

    idewithyourwishesand

    nd,youmustmarry the

    chultewouldhave

    elicitously,butDoctor

    e sbestpupils, waswell

    aMarinahadsunk tothat

    nlyashockcouldrescue

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    makeit arulenotto

    ty,andtheadmirable

    nstanceabsorbedmy

    ndpreventedmeforsome

    mpttoquiether.

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    tmarryPrinceJoachim.

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    youwillfind thatIamas

    henI entertheEmperor s

    nthemorning afamiliar

    ngmarriageislikelyto

    ignoraMarina.Ihave

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    oachimandhistruelove.

    foolsalwaysdolove

    butIw ishedtow inyoufor

    (Eveninthise tremity ,

    eduponmine,likethoseof

    izedbytheswayingbit

    tograsp,I sawthe

    fromheadto foot,andcare-

    tentsheloathedme. Yet

    terferewithmy planto

    ermother sinf luenc e, and

    ahy inmyfavour, Men

    wenton, yourdaughteris

    ractive,morebeautiful,

    self,andalthoughIoweit

    embleher, itisas the

    mondwhenthesamesun-

    akeupthediamond then

    onoticemyquip.

    nc e " sheinquired.

    taliandonnasarereallyas

    m thevinesthatgrow

    veburnstheirbloodeven

    h.Obviouslyshethought

    ther didnotrecognize

    ngiolinainvolvedinmy

    uation.

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    sheaskedhurriedly .

    im, Ireplied. Ic an

    hreadsofintrigue,forthey

    am skilfulenoughnot

    eenOrtrude,andshall

    whenthebetrothalof her

    byme.

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    ndshetouc hedmyarmimplor-

    andherprudencehad

    enttemperamentfrom

    ar, dearDoctor c hulte

    answeredI, anddomethe

    tI neveractbutinmy

    mypersonalinstincts and

    no r a Li n a a n d qu i te d i s-

    timeI amobliged

    yrealcharacter.Pooh

    nthatmakesfoolsand

    nd yetthelackofim-

    l.Now,whenIperceived

    maginationstolemeaway

    er,andtookmetothe

    admiration S orrento, a

    phorus,Madeira,anold

    ke andIpic turedtomy-

    fleftalonein oneof

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    ngiolina.Inaword,

    nd earsinlovewithyour

    nisto marryher.

    yesas dryandhard

    wittingofthedangershe

    hscornandindignation,

    ma r ry m y da u gh t er M a rr y

    ngiolina Thewoman

    sunder.Orpheus-likeI

    bacchante,andtook

    hilesomeofmy sympathy

    bythe ignoraasshesaid

    everset eyesonPrince

    cemychild.

    resence,Iadmit,and

    er ssoulhadbeenashort

    ofher bettersentiments.

    ichfollowedby saying,

    nthe PrincessOliviaof

    henHerRoyalH ighnessw ill

    cialvisit ofherfianciV

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    ndoPrinceJoachim s

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    eyeswerenowf illedw ith

    itisinyourpowernotonly to

    omthePrincessOlivia,

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    .I workformylove-

    misemenot tothwart

    n A ngiolina,andthe

    eryevening,suingfor

    eitatingmother, butA ngiolina

    evenif Iadmittedthepossi-

    ams

    ty,andIwill dissipateher

    itisabominable, saidthe

    emightbeyour yourown

    versi ty.

    artunwrinkled, asV ic tor

    Ianswered. Yetwhy

    matterwhichyourrefusal

    i g no r a.

    dimploringly . Tellme

    dIorderA ngiolinatobe-

    veneverclaimedtobe

    d sf riend hebelieved

    eofhermother. heis

    uldnotonlyrefuse,but

    gtomakeher miserable.

    convent.

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    a nd a n d he r a ff e ct i on s b y

    ltiesaredulledbyyour

    achim.Ishallnot curtail

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    cts,nor,atpresent,her

    ecessitatethedestruc-

    otevenmentionthem

    time providedsheisput

    oodcarenottooffend

    saidL inaMarina.

    ellA ngiolinathatIamher

    mshemustlook forpro-

    inigaglia isinsearc hofa

    nionforherdaughters,who

    ousCourtladies,andIwill

    aiafora yearortwo,and

    saspossible,eventhat of

    Yousaysheis whimsical,

    totheocc asion. L eaveherto

    Q ueenOrtrude,whoisa

    alqueen H erMajesty s

    hasmuchasthat ofan

    rvalofa yearortwo,the

    odepartf romEstaia thenI

    sherefusesme,somuch

    hulte.

    entiments,LinaMarina

    aculties.Icouldfeel

    erconsciencetofindfault

    yoffer.

    oseemydaughterduring

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    ifyougotoEstaia. he

    i f a t al l v e ry s o on , at t h e

    kastheQueenandthe

    e.

    " sheaskedtimidly ,

    rthoughtsalwaysreverted

    yourfuturehusband Well,

    bytheside,andlet us

    fe hismorganatic spouse

    youw illbemorganatic.

    mpatiently . - A ndwhat

    ornot,providedJoachim

    mlovesme

    erover mytriumph

    theImperialPalacewith

    ghter. TheQueenrevelsin

    Leonewill marryher

    nPrinceJoachimto

    inaMarinakindly,whois

    withthewelfareofher

    mthe heightsof

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    nmonstrosities,aPerfect

    cretaffectionwhichstill

    settledintentionto

    towhatyouwouldterm a

    spreventyoufrombeing

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    pyandwhollysincerein

    t.

    gagliatoMr. John

    edmomentcome

    doutof mybalconyand

    den.A ndsuddenlyIsaid

    terall,thehourwe havetried

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    commonplacemindofmine

    nlyforafewshort seconds

    fthis,nor mysister

    havesaidsomething

    m-chairoftheconservatory

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    andeveryefforti smade

    theraingoddessof

    themloveto becompared.

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    d overourownheartaches,

    tup.MariaLouisaof

    apoleonI,lovednothing

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    whichshekeptinahuge

    marriage,andtheyoung

    mhadbeenfosteredwithsuch

    at stirredheremotions

    .W henoneofthebirds

    urriedlytakenout ofthe

    eforeshefound out and

    tobelievethatherbirdswere

    heardofsomedeath that

    or inherentourage,she

    andsaid, Theyare

    andshruggedhershoulders.

    he canariesofthatstupid,

    eEmpressMariaLouisa,and

    phewsandherowngrand-

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    dnotmuchdifferfromours.

    married,andarefree,take

    sureanddress,and adopt

    ratsandthe richmiddle

    sociate butitisalmost

    ptalsothe emotional

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    u,dearDoctorGrey,is

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    Everyonepresent,e cept

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    n,inA reina,andsubtle

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    ncessesgivingtheir

    gnews,soWilhelmaallowed

    ncorrected,tillIsimply

    n anaudiblevoice,

    eineureichisengagedtothe

    . H adthedining-room

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    dnothavebeengreater.

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    ousinthesuddensilence.

    edtoshowoff,andto

    terwhatevercouldfindhim

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    s.ThePrinceConsort

    wastrischicand verywell

    nhadbeenquitecharmedto

    essinherapartmentsatthe

    urstofadmirationofLina

    talentfollowed.

    n, Ireflectedonre-em-

    enthanlastweek,whenI

    ottenvision,Iremembered

    esert,thesmellofthe

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    estin theoasis,atthetime

    W hocouldhavetold

    wouldreturntothe earth

    nkyou,thankyou,dearMr.

    beautyandnewaimsthat

    y insipidlife. ister

    memuchlonger,whenshe

    ngis thisardentsearch

    hyouhavebroughtinto

    st.

    dingento her

    ildingen.

    t Taarbruck,and

    edhavingnotrousseau

    stobeingwithoutyou

    tousdaysofmylife.

    elves,inthedear,darkbig

    andI,the bride-electofthe

    h.TheideathatIhave

    vedher ofhappinessis

    eveme,mother,A nna

    hisimageisgravenonher

    uchrapidgrowththatin

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    sthascome.A nna

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    ritofsacrifice. heseems

    o dosomethingforthe

    pectedtoreceiveeverykind

    ertyoflanguagethatthe

    detoe presssentimentsinf inite

    nnaPaulinabelievesthat

    ofhertragedy . romthe

    ngthismorning,I sawher

    kingshewasnotobserved,she

    aits,oneafterthe other,and

    shecannotsucceedin

    andthen shefellonher

    dwithupliftedhands and

    dsaintmightpray before

    dthe room,sometwenty

    dherapparentlyabsorbed

    kofpoems,butthe paleness

    temples,whichIkissed

    hattheinnerhurricane

    other,howcanIfeelthe

    withthis,mysister s

    e A ndA nnaPaulinadoes

    ure.A llherdreamsare

    had,thenandthere,a talk

    at youwishtohear

    uringyour absence,soI

    ation,aswellas Ican

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    sdashingwaillouder.

    nowcoversthemidspaces.

    ossturretsgetsthickerevery-

    hemysteriousformthat

    onsandand swardwere

    hewind.H owsimple

    tting-roomappearin con-

    nessshedby theseason

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    yapartmentsandall that

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    arbruck

    ts everypoet, Ibelieve,

    ftiest,from themin-

    calmelodyofGoethe.

    urite.

    aulina, don tyoubelieve

    dbecomeapoet,ifonlywe

    edpainthatmakesapoet

    aulina. A ndmostof these

    poemswill everremain

    tspokenpoemsaddressed.

    armonybetweenthesoul

    epoets, A nnaPaulina, and

    en.Lookatthe tints

    nch.Is notautumnthe

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    ostviolentofpainters,

    antingdiversitythat

    pring A ndwhatapoet

    aulina. Yes, youarehappy,

    derstandwhatotherssimply

    referfeelingstoc omprehension,

    protest,A nnaPaulina

    edwindowand,restingher

    ,said, Iwouldprefer

    wntorturesofhell,even

    everythingtotheever-

    mposesonbrain and

    donlyhavebeenc lever, or

    feelinglikeaf lint Iwould

    falsopain "

    windseemedto make

    enlybecamefrightened

    hadmade,andwith

    ur,andinsmoothaccents,

    Infac t, shesaid, I

    obe agenius,orsomething

    rtistlike rederic , oraninspired,

    oserwhomyouadmire,

    holiveina volcanicstate

    ne quitejealous,andof

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    changewhatquiet,everyday

    or theirintellectualgifts.

    na, theirgiftsarenotintellec -

    theyfathomtheoc eanof

    r.Theymakegreat

    sthatcomewithintheir

    naPaulina, w ithquietforce.

    ,donotenter thefiery

    uareto bethewifeof

    atthesametime thewife

    you. Thedoubletaskset

    ultone asanempress

    ghts,wearamaskof

    sawomanandaspouseyou

    din mannerandwords.

    illyouac complish "

    nnaPaulina, answeredI, and

    more,as atthatmoment

    ghornrentthe air,then

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    thesoundofheavyfoot-

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    aparo ysmwhic hsentarrows

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    erof streamsunderthe

    sgleam. Themanwhosepraises

    edbuta fewminutesbefore

    vain toprecedehiminto

    edw iththegoldenjewel-

    ord. A vaunt " hesaid, in

    timeshec ried A vaunt

    d, piritof theWaters, thoushalt

    amdoomedtodie inthy

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    andofthe divine wan.

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    naryantagonistwhomhe

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    myshiveringdistress,he

    th hisoutstretchedsword,

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    saic shealso,she

    victimandthy prey.

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    wavesandthyshoresher

    en sheshallscourthy

    sewiththynaiadsandthy

    urrender tothee,anddie

    summersplendour.

    errupt rederic,while

    rtiersin thehallbehind

    musiciantoaction.A nd

    andbreathless,theinsane

    etinueinvadedtheroom,

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    epowerovermy nervesis

    eric sdirev isiontosleep. . . .

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    ing,spell-strickenvoiceof

    ounce

    asforcedto unwilling

    mparisonbetweenH amlet

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    eben sremarkhadbeen

    ,hisgroom-in-waitingalso

    ullydeclared, Indeed,the

    jesty sperformance

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    raveandmournfulaccents:

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    ees H aveyouever

    thec ourtiersofmadness

    t i s no t h el l I a m tr a ve r si n g, t i s

    ew ithgrow inge altation.

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    atyouresembleme,

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    edericknowthetruth

    ther, doc omebac k Iloathe

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    rsyoucannotbebounded

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