The Grand Duke Michael had sent to invite us to his palace also.
We drove to the Grand Duke Michael's, a mile away, in response to his invitation, previously given.
The Grand Duke and his Duchess came out, and the presentation ceremonies were as simple as they had been at the Emperor's.
She had opportunities of sending her letters to the Grand Duke
Constantine Pavlovich, who commanded the Guards.
The Grand Duke
is no longer the head of our little affair.
"That knight whom thou seest yonder in yellow armour, who bears upon his shield a lion crowned crouching at the feet of a damsel, is the valiant Laurcalco, lord of the Silver Bridge; that one in armour with flowers of gold, who bears on his shield three crowns argent on an azure field, is the dreaded Micocolembo, grand duke
of Quirocia; that other of gigantic frame, on his right hand, is the ever dauntless Brandabarbaran de Boliche, lord of the three Arabias, who for armour wears that serpent skin, and has for shield a gate which, according to tradition, is one of those of the temple that Samson brought to the ground when by his death he revenged himself upon his enemies.
Presently another open carriage brought the Grand Duke
of Baden, a stately man in uniform, who wore the handsome brass-mounted, steel-spiked helmet of the army on his head.
"If you'll only be good enough to look up my record," he boomed out in his great, clear oratorical bass, "you'll see I gave a warning only three months ago, on the occasion of the Grand Duke
Romuald's visit to Paris, which was telegraphed from here to the French police, and - "
"A slavish nature would find consolation in the fact that the principal robber was an exalted and almost a sacrosanct person--a Grand Duke
, in fact.
This wasn't one of them languishing sort wot sits about in cosy corners and reads story-books, and don't care what's happening in the home so long as they find out what became of the hero in his duel with the Grand Duke
. She was a brown, slim, wiry-looking little thing.
The last Grand Duke
of Weimar, a man of superior understanding, said,--"I have sometimes remarked in the presence of great works of art, and just now especially in Dresden, how much a certain property contributes to the effect which gives life to the figures, and to the life an irresistible truth.
Therefore it was droll in the good Riemer, who has written memoirs of Goethe, to make out a list of his donations and good deeds, as, so many hundred thalers given to Stilling, to Hegel, to Tischbein; a lucrative place found for Professor Voss, a post under the Grand Duke
for Herder, a pension for Meyer, two professors recommended to foreign universities; &c., &c.