By Gloria Whelan
In the autumn of 1914, secure at 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 kinfolk sounds like her personal. yet outdoor the palace, a negative struggle is sweeping via Europe, and Russia is starting to fall apart lower than the burden of a growing to be revolution. Now, as Katya′s once-certain destiny starts to dissolve, she needs to search to appreciate what's occurring to her cherished kingdom and, for the 1st time in her existence, take cost of her personal future.
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The sun filtering through the silk turned the room to gold. I could smell Mama’s perfume, a fragrance like gardenias that lingered after her. I knew I would never have the courage to tell the Tsar my story to his face, yet he had to know. In front of me was Mama’s little French desk. On the desk was a neat stack of Mama’s thick ivory writing paper with the family crest and her name, Countess Irina Petrovna Baronova. I wondered who had gathered the rags to make the paper. After a moment I sat down at the desk and took up a pen.
People were staring at us, for we clearly did not look like we belonged there. The homes were simple wooden buildings with a few goats or a pig in each yard. I wanted to hang over the fences and pat the goats, with their floppy 48 ears and yellow eyes, but Misha pulled me along. There were dreary-looking factories set among the homes. Misha turned into one of them. As he opened the door and pushed me through, I was overcome with the heat and stench. I held my nose. ” I whispered. We were in a large, cavernous room crowded with people picking through bins of soiled rags.
Madame LaMott came with her sewing machine. Madame, who was plump, looked like a porcupine with a pincushion tied to one wrist and pins bristling from her mouth. She spat out a pin or two with every word. Though Madame’s taste in clothes for Mama was excellent, she herself wore dresses that looked as though they had once been piano shawls or window draperies. I was glad to see her, for she always brought me chocolates from Paris. You could not move in the sewing room without tripping over paper patterns and snippets of ribbon and lace.
Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan