Memoirs of a Hungarian Lady Volume 2

Memoirs of a Hungarian Lady Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...Lipto and left Hungary in speed. Benedek had retired with the same haste into Moravia. As I had nothing more to fear on my road, I returned, in the first days of May, to our estate, freed from the Austrians by their retreat. I found striking changes on my return. The peacefully conservative spirit of "veneration for property" had been expelled. This guardian angel of right had fled before the intruders; in whose judgment those men and their families, whose principles they intended to blot out with blood, had no title to life, much less to property. But no rightful claim can be overthrown without sapping the sentiments of right itself by the confusion of old thought and banishment of old associations; after which, wilfulness and anarchy only too naturally follow. On our estate a beres was asked by an Austrian soldier, "to whom the property belonged." The Hungarian servant, in reply, gave our name, but an officer standing by contradicted him, saying, that the estate belonged to the government. The poor beres, utterly at a loss to take in the real way of proceeding, fancied that the estate had been sold to some other owner. In consequence, the next time the same question was put, he mentioned as the owner a certain lord, whose name bears great resemblance to the Hungarian word for " government." So little could the poor man seize the notion, that the right of property could possibly be annihilated by those called upon to rule. Other people however, in different parts of the country, more easily got rid of the prestige of laws and law-customs, which the Hungarians in general most steadily revere. As far as I saw, peasants intruded on the possessions of their former lords, only A " Beres" is a labourer engaged...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236489675
  • 9781236489678