Original Anecdotes Of Frederic The Second, King Of Prussia, And Of His Family, His Court, His…

Paperback | January 17, 2013

byDieudonné Thiébault

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1805 edition. Excerpt: ...royal abode a thousand times more odious. On different occasions of the prince's having secretly absented himself in this manner, he was condemned by the king to confinement for the space of one or two days. It is not difficult to conceive the effect of such a punishment on the mind of a prince. His resentment exceeding common bounds, complaints escaped him in language of some warmth and bitterness, and not unfrequently mingled with the most pointed sarcasms. In such a situation he had naturally recourse to confidants; and these could not well fail of being sometimes chosen among persons who were secretly his spies. The prince yielded to one of these fits in the presence of Baron de Poelnitz, who was constantly with him, and to the insinuating arts of a courtier added all the hypocrisy, treachery, and baseness, that are still more necessary to form that character. He communicated to the king all the exasperating reproaches he had heard from the lips of the prince, under the mask of sympathy for the wrongs he endured. The king became indignant; he prolonged his brother's confinement to more than a week, during which Poelnitz scarcely left him for a moment. The prince had too much sense not to penetrate at last the real character of this genuine chameleon: he was not ignorant of his talents for intrigue and hypocrisy; and, in addition, he was struck with the daily practice of this miscreant in relating to him all the unfavourable prognostics he observed in the king toward him. He was sensible that this man must have a dearer interest in serving the one than in serving the other, and justly concluded that, in playing the part of a traitor to himself, he must infallibly be playing a faithful part to his employer. As soon as he was confirmed...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1805 edition. Excerpt: ...royal abode a thousand times more odious. On different occasions of the prince's having secretly absented himse...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:January 17, 2013Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021703263X

ISBN - 13:9780217032636

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