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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II "ON THE COURT OF GRUNEWALD,"
BEING A PORTION OF THE TRAVELLER'S MANUSCRIPT IT may well be asked
(it was thus the English traveller began his nineteenth chapter)
why I should have chosen Griinewald out of so many other states
equally petty, formal, dull, and corrupt. Accident, indeed,
decided, and not I; but I have seen no reason to regret my visit.
The spectacle of this small' society macerating in its own abuses
was not perhaps instructive, but I have found it exceedingly
diverting. The reigning Prince, Otto Johann Friedrich, a young man
of imperfect education, questionable valour, and no scintilla of
capacity, has fallen into entire public contempt. It was with
difficulty that I obtained an interview, for he is frequently
absent from a Court where his presence is unheeded, and where his
only role is to be a cloak for the amours of his wife. At last,
however, on the third occasion when I visited the palace, I found
this sovereign in the exercise of his inglorious function, with the
wife on one hand and the lover on the other. He is not ill-looking;
he has hair of a ruddy gold, which naturally curls, and his eyes
are dark, a combination which I always regard as the mark of some
congenital deficiency, physical or moral; his features are
irregular but pleasing; the nose perhaps a little short, and the
mouth a little womanish. His address is excellent, and he can
express himself with point. But to pierce below these externals is
to come on a vacuity of any sterling quality, a deliquescence of
the moral nature, a frivolity and inconsequence of purpose that
mark the nearly perfect fruit of a decadent age. He has a worthless
smattering of many subjects, but a grasp of none. "I soon weary of
a pursuit," he said to me, laughing; it would almost appea...
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