Two Royal Foes

Two Royal Foes

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Excerpt: ... When he told her, the worry faded from her poor ill face. "God be praised, dear husband," she said, "that our Marianne is improving. It was hard to refuse her the nursing, but I hoped the lesson might rouse her, and I was right." Then, smiling at her husband, she sank back on her pillow and soon was enjoying her first restful sleep. CHAPTER XIII THE JOURNAL Marianne had first heard of her Aunt Erna's journal in Berlin. It had been on the night when Ludwig Brandt had come in with the news that the French had made the French Consul, Napoleon, Emperor. When he had told his news the children with glowing faces informed him that their Carl had been kissed that very day by the Queen. Ludwig, who was always serious, called the little fellow to his knee. Marianne never forgot how solemn it all was. "Listen, my little Carl," he said, and waited until the laughter had all died from the chubby dimpled face, "a great and noble woman has kissed you. All your life think of it as a kiss of baptism. The call of war will come to you as to all Germans. Let the kiss of the Queen make of you a brave, a true, a patriotic soldier!" How Ludwig's voice had rung through the room and how Pauline had gazed in admiration! And then Ludwig had taken little Carl on his knee and told him a nice little story of Queen Louisa, of when she had gone with her husband on his Huldigung, the journey German sovereigns take to receive the oaths of allegiance in their provinces and cities. In the village of Stargard, in Pomerania, Ludwig related, the good people who had arranged the welcome had dressed little girls in white that they might strew flowers before the new young Queen, and the quick eye of the Queen noticed that, as there were nineteen, one must walk alone. She turned to the grown people. "Where is the twentieth?" she demanded, and her face grew crimson with anger when she heard their answer. "Majesty," they said, "the child was so ugly that we sent her home." "Poor child!..".show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236722108
  • 9781236722102