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My Past (V. 1) Marie Louise von Wallersee-Larisch

My Past (V. 1)

Marie Louise von Wallersee-Larisch

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ISBN : 9781150083105
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1913. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II MY AUNT, THE EMPRESS We visitMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1913. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II MY AUNT, THE EMPRESS We visit Vienna--The black silk dress--Macassar oil--Our Bavarian maid--No skating in August--The grub becomes a butterfly--A ride in the Prater--A family dinner--The Crown Prince Rudolph--Hungry at the Opera--We return to Munich--Marriage projects-- King Ludwig vetoes a Bismarck marriage--Feldafing --A Royal family--My aunts confidences--A fairy tale--Le Chapeau de Faille--Marie-Josephas charm--Her kindness to me--The great Du-- Cross questions and crooked answers--/ incur the Emperors anger--/ visit King Ludwig--Lohengrin as it was not written--Toothache cures--We are overtaken by a storm--The fishermans widow--He will return--A strangely fulfilled prediction--The lucky rainbow--Flowers for the little singer. CHAPTER II MY AUNT, THE EMPRESS I was fourteen the Empress invited my parents to visit her at Vienna, and they were specially enjoined to bring me with them. I was delighted at the prospect of meeting my aunt again, and greatly elated at the idea of seeing Vienna, which I had heard described as being the most splendid city in Europe. The lanky little girl was now a regular maypole, and mamma decided that this visit must seal the fate of the short frocks which I had hitherto worn. My parents were simpleminded people, with a great distaste for display, and my toilettes had always been designed for utility and not for beauty. It may interest girls with extravagant ideas to know that three gowns were considered ample for me to wear during my visit--one for travelling, one for walking, and a blacksilk dress for great occasions. I hated this black silk with a deeprooted hatred, for it was far too old in style, and I remonstrated against wearing it. Do not let me hear any more of this nonsense, said papa, when ...