History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Called Frederick the Great

History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Called Frederick the Great

by Thomas Carlyle
     
 

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15th Aug. 1730. CHAPTER VH. CATASTROPHE, AND MAJESTY, ARRIVE IN BERLIN. At Berlin dark rumours of this intended Plight, and actual Arrest of the Crown-Prince, are agitating all the world; especially Lieutenant Katte, and the Queen and Wilhelmina, as we may suppose. The first news of it came tragically on the young Princess. "Mamma had given a ball in honour of Papa's Birthday," Tuesday 15th August 1730; and we were all dancing in the fine saloons of Monbijou, with pretty intervals in the cool boscages and orangeries of the place: all of us as happy as could be; Wilhehnina, in particular, dancing at an unusual rate. "We recommenced the ball after supper. For six years " I had not danced before: it was new fruit, and I took my fill "of it, without heeding much what was passing. Madam "Billow, who with others of them had worn long faces all "night, pleading 'illness' when one noticed it, said to me '' several times: ' It is late, I wish you had done.' ' Eh, man "'Dieu!' I answered, 'let me have enough of dancing this one '"new time; it maybe long before it comes again.' 'That "may well be!' said she. I paid no regard, but continued to "divert myself. She returned to the charge half an hour "after: 'Will you end, then!' said she with a vexed air:16th-20th Aug. 1730. Apparently some rumour from Frankfurt, which she confuses in her after-memory with the specific news from Wesel; for her dates here, as usual, arc all awry (Wilhelmina, i. 246; Preuss, i. 42, iv. 473; Seckendorf, inFSrstcr, iii. 6). " 'you are so engaged, you have eyes for nothing.' 'You are '"in such a humour,' I replied,' that I know not what to make "'of it.' 'Look at the Queen, then, Madam; and youwill "'cease to reproach me!' A glance which I gave that way "filled me with terror. There sat ...

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