Monday, November 23, 2009

First Words (12)

"Reginald sat in a corner of the Princess's salon and tried to forgive the furniture, which started out with an obvious intention of being Louis Quinze, but relapsed at frequent intervals into Wilhelm II.

"He classified the Princess with that distinct type of woman that looks as if it habitually went out to feed hens in the rain.

"Her name was Olga; she kept what she hoped and believed to be a fox-terrier and professed what she thought were Socialist opinions. It is not necessary to be called Olga if you are a Russian Princess; in fact, Reginald knew quite a number who were called Vera; but the fox-terrier and Socialism are essential."

Saki, Reginald in Russia (1910)

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