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

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

“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

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)

My heart is broken by the terrible loss I have sustained in my old friends and companions and my poor soldiers. Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
—  Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington; Letter from the field of Waterloo (June 1815), as quoted in Decisive Battles of the World (1899) by Edward Shepherd Creasy