Read online or download a free book: Lady Grizel (Volume 1)
Publisher: General Books LLC (18 Jan. 2012)
By: Lewis Strange Wingfield (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. 1878. Excerpt: ... S the pillow of Royalty is proverbially stuffed with thorns, it must not be supposed that the Princess Dowager's life differed from that of her order. The poor lady's love-passages were disturbed by unpleasant contretemps: for my Lord Bute domineered over her, while his Gracious Majesty waxed wondrous virtuous from out of his harem, and vented his ever-increasing ill-humour by issuiog annoying orders about her boy. The royal widow could scarcely call her son her own, and to such exasperation was she driven by the grandsire's drivel as almost to wish that her husband had not died. The young Prince was eighteen, and of age, but, thanks to his mother's repressive system and his tutor's neglect, he was more like an overgrown child than a young man. He was tied to mamma's apron-string, read decorous books for several hours daily, said his prayers with edifying regularity, slept during forty minutes every Sunday under the Bishop's droning, and came to consider Lord Bute as the wisest of sages. But then he also believed to a certain extent in Stone, who had walked backwards before him with a silver candlestick ever since he was a dot, and Stone's influence, the Princess observed, was exerted more and more in opposition to her own. Stone, moreover, did not admire my Lord Bute's leg. He even dared once to say to his pupil--who of course artlessly repeated the remark--that his lordship would make an excellent ambassador at a court where deportment was the only business: and my lord made the life of his lady-love a burthen unto her on the subject of Andrew Stone. Mr. Stone, who was wise in his generation, weighed carefully the pros and cons of his position. On the principle that only one Lucifer may reign in hell, it was clear to him that a struggle for mastery was ...
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