By Dan Jacobson
She used to be a princess, daughter of maybe the main hated king in Europe. He was once only a lowly hussar. Their love affair in turn-of-the-century Vienna used to be to scandalize a continent. the tale of Princess Louise of Belgium and Géza Mattachich, stepson of a minor Croatian count number, all started without greater than an exchanged look in a park. but the princess and her soldier, divided by means of wealth and standing, pursued their devotion to each other via scandal, destroy, insanity and imprisonment. Dan Jacobson's very good imagining of this forgotten episode of the Hapsburg court docket brings to existence one of many century's nice love tales.
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Mr Terle coasted a while, eyes shut. ' The two old boarders flushed; they hadn't paid a bill now in twenty-one years. Much later, Mr Fremley sighed a grievous sigh. 'Why, why don't we all just quit, pack up, get outa here, move to a decent city? ' said Mr Terle, quietly. 'No. ' Slowly, all three men stopped rocking. January 29th. The one day in all the year when it really let go and rained. ' Mr Smith tilted his gold railroad watch like the warm summer moon in his palm. 'Two hours and nine minutes from now it'll be January 29th.
It took Mr Fremley a moment to ungum his eyelids and make out the shape of the woman bending down to place the tray by his rumpled bed. ' 'I'll come back later and tell you word for word,' said Miss Hillgood. 'Eat now. ' She moved to leave the room. ' She stopped half out of the door and tried to trace the expression on his sweating face in the dark. He, in turn, could not see her mouth or eyes. She stood a moment longer, silently, then went on down the stairs. 'She must not've heard me,' said Mr Fremley.
The man and wife held each other as if they had stumbled on the rim of an incredible cliff that faced an abyss so deep and dark there seemed no end to it. Staring up, they heard themselves sobbing and crying. Only after a long time were they able to speak. ' 'Yes . . ' 'Yes . . yes . . ' 'It didn't fall back . . ' They stood away from each other at last. He touched his face with his hand and looked at his wet fingers. ' They waited another five and then ten minutes until the darkness in their heads, the retina, ached with a million specks of fiery salt.
All for Love by Dan Jacobson