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    Nataly Von Eschstruth (Author)

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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. 1893. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I. t, T was bitterly cold, the snow lay piled up in masses, but the street was filled with carriages. The king's palace was brilliantly lighted, and before it the people had assembled in crowds watching the equipages as they rolled up and stopped before the portal. Here and there the lookers on caught glimpses of a train rustling down from beneath a cloak, or a scarf fell back, displaying a woman's face, and this was their only reward for their waiting in the cold. But they were satisfied and rejoiced when some stoppage in the line occurred and they could press nearer the carriages. The windows were curtained, but they could catch an occasional glimpse of something white, or of a bearded face beneath a helmet or civilian's hat. A grand reception was being held in the castle, and the crowd makes animated comments upon each guest as he or she passes under the awning--comments sometimes dull enough to provoke a smile even from the young soldiers posted on guard. Carriage after carriage rolls up. Finally one strikingly elegant. The younger of the two guards gazes at it with interest. The harness is richly mounted in silver, while coachman and footman are almost buried under magnificent furs, and a new and striking coat of arms is painted on the carriage-door. The guard leans forward to distinguish the device, but this is impossible by the flick.- ering light of the torches. Slowly the horses are checked, the footman springs down from the box and throws open the carriage-door, assisting a lady to alight. She is wrapped in costly ermine, a lace scarf covers her head. Her dainty foot touches the carpet. She hurries forward, but her long, silvery train catches on something and forces her to pause abruptly for an instant, just in front of the young guard. ...
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