Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Waldrecker Proxy

After a lengthy, early-morning consultation in the confessional with Msgr. de Chiaroscuro, a subdued Prinzessin Sophie-Vittoria, accompanied by the monsignor, made her entrance into the salon nearest the chapel where she was awaited by her father, the Comte de Mazan, the Dowager Duchess, three of her ladies-in-waiting and Ritter von Trimbach.

Without ceremony, de Mazan presented the sealed and witnessed proxy of Prinz Friedrich, and the appended oath to respect the commitment of the Prinzessin and her female children to the Catholic faith, for the inspection of the Duke and Msgr. de Chiaroscuro. Herzog Ignaz in turn presented for the witnesses the dispensation permitting the Prinzessin to marry outside the Church, signed by Georg Franz, Bishop of Kognat.

Satisfied of the validity of the documents, Msgr. de Chiaroscuro opened his breviary and, carefully avoiding eye contact with the Prinzessin, began to read out the wedding service...

3 comments:

Capt Bill said...

There's something to be said for a wedding in absentia. So easy to later deny it ever happened!

abdul666 said...

Subdued, subdued...
Really?

abdul666 said...

It will soon change for obvious reasons, but a cover currently fashionable among Monte-Cristan ‘agents’ is that of ‘dames philosophes’ collecting old popular tales and legends, traditional songs, local rituals and practices, language variants and idiomatisms… They are ready in exchange to entertain the audience with anecdotes, stories, poems and songs ‘learned earlier in their journey’. As more befits the atmosphere they travel on personal curiosity or are on errand for some official institution, and can propduce documents endorsing their academic research on behalf of the ‘Academie Royale’ or the ‘Royal Society’, according to local faith and sympathies. This cover justifies their patronizing of inns and taverns of all kinds (and becoming very popular and medling with conversations there), and provides an original introduction to some enlightened circles.
Actually they are not totally *pretending*: Louys’ personal interests are not restricted to military uniforms and flags, and the Palace is indeed sponsoring the compilation of a monumental ‘Encyclopedie des Coutumes et Traditions Populaires d’Urope et des Colonies’.
In some deeply Catholic backwaters they dress as Holy Sisters of St. Jezebel and pretend to be nuns sent by the Vatican to gather the ‘oral hagiographies’ of characters of the local past, with a view to their possible beatification: works amazingly well.