The Smart Set Volume 15

The Smart Set Volume 15

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...Years and years ago the prince had had a son; but at the tender age of three the boy had run away from the castle confines, and no one ever heard of him again. The enemies of the prince whispered among themselves that the boy had run away to escape compulsory military service, but the boy's age precluded this accusation. The prince advertised, after the fashion of those times, sent out detectives and notified his various brothers; but his trouble went for nothing. Not the slightest trace of the boy could be found. So he was moumed for a season, regretted and then forgotten; the prince adopted the grape-arbor. I saw the prince once. I do not blame the'Princess Hildegarde for her rebellion. The prince was not only old, he was fat and ugly, with little, elephant-like eyes that were always vein-shot, restless and full of mischief. He might have made a good father, but I have nothing to prove this. Those bottles of sparkling Moselle which he failed to dispose of to the American trade he gave to his brother in Barscheit or drank himself. He was sixtyeight years old. A nephew, three times removed, was waiting for the day when he should wabble around in the prince's shoes. He was a lieutenant in the duke's bodyguard, a quick-tempered, heady chap. Well, he never wabbled around in his uncle's shoes, for he never got the chance. " I hadn't been in Barscheit a week before I heard a great deal about the princess. She was a famous horsewoman. This made me extremely anxious to meet her. Yet for nearly six months I never even got so much as a glimpse of her. Half the six months she was traveling through Austria, and the other half she kept out of my way. Not intentionally; she knew nothing of my existence; simply, fate moved us about...
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  • Paperback | 364 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 649g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236980255
  • 9781236980250