By Gloria Whelan
In the autumn of 1914, secure in the back of palace partitions, Katya Ivanova sees St. Petersburg as a mystical place.
The daughter of a lady-in-waiting to the Empress, Katya spends all her time with the Grand Duchesses; the royal relatives seems like her personal. yet outdoor the palace, a poor battle is sweeping via Europe, and Russia is starting to disintegrate below the burden of a becoming revolution. Now, as Katya′s once-certain destiny starts off to dissolve, she needs to search to appreciate what's occurring to her cherished nation and, for the 1st time in her lifestyles, take cost of her personal future.
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What if someone had overheard him criticizing the Tsar? I did not want Misha to be struck down with a firm hand. “It is only in the cities like St. Petersburg and Moscow that these dangerous revolutionaries are found,” the Empress said to the Tsar. ” “Da, da,” Mama agreed. ” The Empress looked pleased. “There, you see, my dear,” she said. ” 40 The Tsar patted the Empress’s hand. “Yes, I know you are right, my dear. Now I must excuse myself. ” Shortly after the Tsar left, Mama and I were shown to our rooms in another wing of the palace.
Mama was to attend a court ball there given by the Tsar and the Empress. The Alexander Palace had only a hundred rooms, none of them suitable for a ball, while the Winter Palace had a thousand rooms spread over twenty acres. The Tsar and Empress could give as many balls there as they wished. 27 Strolling along the banks of the Neva River with Lidya, I had passed the Winter Palace many times. It was one of our favorite walks. When the sun shone a certain way, the reflection of the palace lay quivering on the water as if there were a second palace inhabited by mermaids.
The Tsar and the Empress have no wish to make a show of their wealth. What’s more, they are determined to bring up the Grand Duchesses in as simple a way as possible. ” My own life at the Zhukovsky mansion was not so simple. I wondered if Misha was right, and I really was spoiled. That evening I sighed as I watched Mama dress for the ball. I would have given anything to see such a spectacle. “Be patient, Katya. ” “One of these days” seemed a lifetime away. After Mama left, I sat at her dressing table and stared into the mirror.