We read occasionally of desperate cases of this description, but I cannot say that I have ever yet known a young lady dying of love. They contrive in some manner to live and live tolerably well notwithstanding their despair and the continual absence of their lover and some even have been known to recover so far as to be inclined to take another lover, if the absence of the first has lasted for too long.

Arthur Wellesley in response to an officer requesting leave for the sake of his fiancée; 27 June 1811

“The nature of the emperor is not one that is easy in any regard. Not easy to describe, not easy to endure, not easy to be without once removed from it. Five months apart, even after such a brief time as their first encounter was, and Arthur is finding the ground he treads upon as uneasy as the ground when they first met. He sits, listening to Harriet’s stories of the Season, the election, the unrest, but knows, as he does so, that he is being watched. Napoleon of course is looking at Harriet but Arthur knows better – blast the infernal man. “– a short extract from Chapter 3 of “A Wolf in Chase” done by the amazing writer thiswaycomessomethingwicked  Spent quite a few hours on this one though it was still not good enough to represent the awesomeness of the writing.Hope I can do a better job next time:)

Again, thank you all for the likes and reblogs! And please read the fiction if you have time! I am pretty sure you will love it just like me:)

–By the way, I put two “ Easter Eggs”in the scene, can anyone find them? XD

Christopher Plummer as Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington ~ Waterloo, 1970

First, sorry for the reflections. There was no way to take a picture of that high-gloss lacquer without.

Above, you can see a miniature paper-cut and hand-painted silhouette showing a head and shoulder side profile study; the back bears a hand written inscription “Arthur Wellesley Duke Of Wellington”, Mounted in a black lacquered frame with gilt metal mounts.

The portrait measures approx 6 cm x 4.8 cm.

18 June 2015 | Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Arthur Wellesley, son of the ninth Duke of Wellington, Dutch King Willem-Alexander, King Philippe of Belgium; Prince Nikolaus Furst Blucher von Wahlstatt, Prince Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent attend the Belgian federal government ceremony to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo in Waterloo, Belgium. (Carl Court/Getty Images Europe)

Wellington and the Crying Schoolboy

The Duke once met a little boy, crying by the road. “Come now, that’s no way for a young gentleman to behave. What’s the matter?” he asked.
“I have to go away to school tomorrow,” sobbed the child, “and I’m worried about my pet toad. There’s no-one else to care for it and I shan’t know how it is.”
Keen to ease the little chap’s discomfort, the Duke promised to attend to the matter personally.
After the boy had been at school for just over a week, he received a note: “Field Marshall the Duke of Wellington presents his compliments to Master —- and has the pleasure to inform him that his toad is well.”