By Dan Jacobson
She used to be a princess, daughter of might be the main hated king in Europe. He was once only a lowly hussar. Their love affair in turn-of-the-century Vienna was once to scandalize a continent. the tale of Princess Louise of Belgium and Géza Mattachich, stepson of a minor Croatian count number, started without greater than an exchanged look in a park. but the princess and her soldier, divided by way of wealth and standing, pursued their devotion to each other via scandal, spoil, insanity and imprisonment. Dan Jacobson's excellent imagining of this forgotten episode of the Hapsburg courtroom brings to existence one of many century's nice love tales.
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Oh, it isn’t fair! ” That got Victoria’s full attention, as nothing else her cousin had said had. Mariah and her slipshod unpacking skills were forgotten as Victoria spun around to stare at Rebecca. ” she cried in astonishment. Rebecca nodded dreamily to her reflection in the long mirror. “Isn’t he wonderful? I wish Papa had left me behind in India with you back in ’ninety-eight. Then you and I might have sailed back to England together, and had the company of delicious Mr. ” Victoria made a retching noise.
Victoria echoed scathingly. “I like that! ” “A concerned friend,” Jacob replied from between gritted teeth. ” Victoria laughed in his face. ” Victoria narrowed her eyes at him. “In that case, your monkey seems to be missing,” she informed him. “This,” Jacob Carstairs said, suddenly turning away from her and striding from the dance floor, “is intolerable. ” Victoria, aware of all the stares they were attracting, hurried after the captain, having to run a little in order to keep up with his long, manly strides.
Fun? ” Victoria, eager as she was not to miss a moment of what promised to be an amusing spectacle—Captain Carstairs rebuking her uncle, that is—could not help but notice a spark of anger in her cousin’s blue eyes. “Why, Becky,” she said, wondering what on earth could have upset her cousin now. For Rebecca, Victoria had discovered during her weeklong sojourn with the 57 Gardiners, had a volatile temper, and was somewhat prone to dramatics. ” Rebecca snapped. Victoria could only ascertain, from the high color in the other girl’s face, that she was in some sort of physical discomfort.
All for Love by Dan Jacobson