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Prince Otto (Volume 2) (Paperback) Loot Price: R278
Discovery Miles 2 780
Prince Otto (Volume 2) (Paperback): Robert Louis Stevenson

Prince Otto (Volume 2) (Paperback)

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Loot Price R278 Discovery Miles 2 780

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the 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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Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: Robert Louis Stevenson
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 62
ISBN-13: 978-1-154-00962-0
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-154-00962-9
Barcode: 9781154009620

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