Count Bruhl

Count Bruhl

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Excerpt: Guarini. 'He is ironical, and for a long time has been too biting and too bitter.' 'Oh! That's too bad!' the Prince whispered. 'About whom is this question?' asked the Jesuit. 'I have dared to call his Royal Highness's attention to Chamberlain Watzdorf.' Guarini recalled his meeting with the man. 'The fact is, ' he said, 'that I also find him strange.' 'And at the court it is contagious, ' Bruhl added. The Prince sighed, evidently already bored, and did not answer. 'Where is that fool Frosch?' he said suddenly. 'I am sure he is already asleep in some corner.' The Jesuit ran to the door and made a sign. Frosch and Horch rushed into the room so precipitously that Horch fell down and Frosch jumped on his back. The Prince began to laugh heartily. The humiliated Horch tried to avenge himself on his adversary, rose, thinking that he could shake him off, but the cautious little man slipped down and hid behind a chair. Frederick's eyes followed them--he was anxious to see the result of the contest. Behind the chair both fools, squealing, began to fight. Frederick laughed and forgot all about what he had heard that day. It would be difficult to say how long this would have lasted if Guarini had not whispered to the Prince that it was time to go to the chapel for prayers; the Prince becoming suddenly grave went with the Jesuit to the chapel, where the Princess was already awaiting them. CHAPTER XI One day towards evening both the great ministers were sitting in Sulkowski's house: they were silent and seemed to try to penetrate each other's thoughts. Through the open window came the joyful chirping of the birds and the rumbling of carriages. The faces of the two rivals to a close observer bore a striking difference. One who looked at Bruhl at a moment when he thought he was not observed, would have seen under that sweet smile a cold perversity, the depths of which were frightening. In his eyes could be seen the keenness and cunning of a society man more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236684389
  • 9781236684387