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At this moment Robert who rises at seven and works before breakfast came in. Es verdad. Pero en mi familia no necesitamos hacer otra cosa. Rudolf has got them both. Rodolfo ha heredado ambas cosas. I laughed, and went on with my egg. At least I had shelved the question of what if anything I ought to do.
And, by way of closing the discussion—and also, I must admit, of exasperating my strict little sister-in-law a trifle more—I observed: "I rather like being an Elphberg myself. For it is manifest that I must explain why my sister-in-law was vexed with my nose and hair, and why I ventured to call myself an Elphberg.
For eminent as, I must protest, the Rassendylls have been for many generations, yet participation in their blood of course does not, at first sight, justify the boast of a connection with the grander stock of the Elphbergs or a claim to be one of that Royal House. Well then—and I must premise that I am going, perforce, to rake up the very scandal which my dear Lady Burlesdon wishes forgotten—in moving on fingiendo lagrimas descargar yearGeorge II. The prince was a tall, handsome young fellow, marked maybe marred, it is not for me to say by a somewhat unusually long, sharp and straight nose, and a mass of dark-red hair—in fact, the nose and the hair which have stamped the Elphbergs time out of mind.
He stayed some months in England, where he was most courteously received; yet, in the end, he left rather under a cloud. For he fought a duel it was considered highly well bred of him to waive all moving on fingiendo lagrimas descargar of his rank with a nobleman, well known in the society of the day, not only for his own merits, but as the husband of a very beautiful wife.
In that duel Prince Rudolf received a severe wound, and, recovering therefrom, was adroitly smuggled off by the Ruritanian ambassador, who had found him a pretty handful. The nobleman was not wounded in the duel; but the morning being raw and damp on the occasion of the meeting, he contracted a moving on fingiendo lagrimas descargar chill, and, failing to throw it off, he died some six months after the departure of Prince Rudolf, without having found leisure to adjust his relations with his wife—who, after another two months, bore an heir to the title and estates of the family of Burlesdon.
This lady was the Countess Amelia, whose picture my sister-in-law wished to remove from the drawing-room in Park Lane; and her husband was James, fifth Earl of Elsberg! As for Rudolf, he went back to Ruritania, married a wife, and ascended the throne, whereon his progeny in the direct line have sat from then till this very hour—with one short interval. And, finally, if you walk through the picture galleries at Burlesdon, among the fifty portraits or so of the last century and a half, you will find five or six, including that of the sixth earl, distinguished by long, sharp, straight noses and a quantity of dark-red hair; these five or six have also blue eyes, whereas among the Rassendylls dark eyes are the commoner.
That is the explanation, and I am glad to have finished it: the blemishes on honourable lineage are a delicate subject, and certainly this heredity we hear so much about is the finest scandalmonger in the world; it laughs at discretion, and writes strange entries between the lines of the "Peerages".
It will be observed that my sister-in-law, with a want of logic that must have been peculiar to herself since we are no longer allowed to lay it to the charge of her sextreated my complexion almost as an offence for which I was responsible, hastening to assume from that external sign inward qualities of which I protest my entire innocence; and this unjust inference she sought to buttress by pointing to the uselessness of the life I had led.
Well, be that as it may, I had picked up a good deal of pleasure and a good deal of knowledge. I had been to a German school and a German university, and spoke German as readily and perfectly as English; I moving on fingiendo lagrimas descargar thoroughly at home in French; I had a smattering of Italian and enough Spanish to swear by.
I was, I believe, a strong, though hardly fine swordsman and a good shot. I could ride anything that had a back to sit on; and my head was as cool a one as you could find, for all its flaming cover. If you say that I ought to have spent my time in useful labour, I am out of Court and have nothing to say, save that my parents had no business to leave me two thousand pounds a year and a roving disposition.
No tiro mal moving on fingiendo lagrimas descargar espada, manejo la pistola perfectamente y soy jinete consumado. Do take it, Rudolf—to please me. Moreover, I thought it possible that I could pass the time in the position suggested with some tolerable amusement.
I am glad! And it occurred to me suddenly that I would visit Ruritania. No me gusta hacer las cosas a medias. But the moment Ruritania had come into my head I was eaten up with a curiosity to see it. After all, red hair and long noses are not confined to the House of Elphberg, and the old story seemed a preposterously insufficient reason for debarring myself from acquaintance with a highly interesting and important kingdom, one which had played no small part in European history, and might do the like again under the sway of a young and vigorous ruler, such as the new King was rumoured to be.
My determination was clinched by reading in The Times that Rudolf the Fifth was to be crowned at Strelsau in the course of the next three weeks, and that great magnificence was to mark the occasion.
At once I made up my mind to be present, and began my preparations. But this time she could get no more than a qualified promise out of me. To tell the truth, I would have wagered a handsome sum that the story of my expedition that summer would stain no paper and spoil not a single pen. And that shows how little we know what the future holds; for here I am, fulfilling my qualified promise, and writing, as I never thought to write, a book— though it will hardly serve as an introduction to political life, and has not a jot to do with the Tyrol.
Neither would it, I fear, please Lady Burlesdon, if I were to submit it to her critical eye—a step which I have no intention of taking. My uncle spoke out of a ripe experience of the world, and I honoured his moving on fingiendo lagrimas descargar by putting up for a day and a night at "The Continental" on my way to—the Tyrol.
He had a very comfortable suite of rooms, and we found some pleasant fellows smoking and talking. He fenced with me for a while, but moving on fingiendo lagrimas descargar last, flinging himself on a sofa, he exclaimed: agradablemente, fumando y conversando. He ruffled his hair with his hand and smoked furiously. George Featherly, standing with his back to the mantelpiece, smiled unkindly. George jingled his money, smiled cruelly at poor Bertram, and answered pleasantly: "Nobody knows.
By the way, Bert, I met a great man at her house the other night—at least, about a month ago. Did you ever meet him—the Duke of Strelsau? She was a widow, rich, handsome, and, according to repute, ambitious. It was quite possible that she, as George put it, was flying as high as a personage who was everything he could be, short of enjoying strictly royal rank: for the duke was the son of the late King of Ruritania by a second and morganatic marriage, and half-brother to the moving on fingiendo lagrimas descargar King.
His mother had been of good, but not exalted, birth. The next day George Featherly went with me to the station, where I took a ticket for Dresden. George is an inveterate gossip, and had I told him that I was off to Ruritania, the news would have been in London in three days and in Park Lane in a week.
I was, therefore, about to return an evasive answer, when he saved my conscience by leaving me suddenly and moving on fingiendo lagrimas descargar across the platform. Con la bella Antonieta no se ha de casar, por lo menos mientras no fracase otro plan.
She was, perhaps, a year or two over thirty, tall, dark, and of rather full figure. As George talked, I saw her glance at me, and my vanity was hurt by the thought that, muffled in a fur coat and a neck-wrapper for it was a chilly April day and wearing a soft travelling hat pulled down to my ears, I must be looking very far from my best. A moment later, George rejoined me. Understanding that she wished to be let alone, I avoided her carefully, but I saw that she went the same way as I did to the very end of my journey, and I took opportunities of having a good look at her, when I could do so unobserved.
Las habitaciones the next day but one. I made up my mind to stop at Zenda, a small town fifty miles short of the capital, and about ten from the frontier. My train reached there in the evening; I would spend the next day, Tuesday, in a wander over the hills, which were said to be very fine, and in taking a glance at the famous Castle, and go over by train to Strelsau on the Wednesday morning, returning at night to sleep at Zenda. Accordingly at Zenda I got out, and as the train passed where I stood on the platform, I saw my friend Madame de Mauban in her place; clearly she was going through to Strelsau, having, with more providence than I moving on fingiendo lagrimas descargar boast, secured apartments there.
I smiled to think how surprised George Featherly would have been to know that she and I had been fellow travellers for so long. I was very kindly received at the hotel—it was really no more than an inn—kept by a fat old lady and her two daughters. They were good, quiet people, and seemed very little interested in the great doings at Strelsau.
The old lady, indeed, did not hesitate to express regret that the duke was not on the throne, instead of his brother. But the King is almost a stranger; he has been so much abroad, not one in ten knows him even by sight. He has seen the King. Dicho y hecho. I was interested to hear this, and made up my mind to walk next day in the direction of the lodge, on the chance of coming across the King. Pues que coronen al Duque; eso es lo que yo quisiera, y no me importa que me oigan.
I threw myself back in my deep armchair, and laughed at her zeal. A red Elphberg for me, mother!