Already a septuagenarian, tall, withered, pale, and wrinkled, the baroness
exactly resembled those old women whom Schnetz puts into the Italian scenes of his "genre" pictures.
Whereupon the baroness uttered a great cry, and swooned away at the baron's feet.
All I need say, just now, is, that the Baroness Von Koeldwethout somehow or other acquired great control over the Baron Von Koeldwethout, and that, little by little, and bit by bit, and day by day, and year by year, the baron got the worst of some disputed question, or was slyly unhorsed from some old hobby; and that by the time he was a fat hearty fellow of forty-eight or thereabouts, he had no feasting, no revelry, no hunting train, and no hunting--nothing in short that he liked, or used to have; and that, although he was as fierce as a lion, and as bold as brass, he was decidedly snubbed and put down, by his own lady, in his own castle of Grogzwig.
About a year after his nuptials, there came into the world a lusty young baron, in whose honour a great many fireworks were let off, and a great many dozens of wine drunk; but next year there came a young baroness, and next year another young baron, and so on, every year, either a baron or baroness (and one year both together), until the baron found himself the father of a small family of twelve.
The Grogzwig coffers ran low, though the Swillenhausen family had looked upon them as inexhaustible; and just when the baroness was on the point of making a thirteenth addition to the family pedigree, Von Koeldwethout discovered that he had no means of replenishing them.
I'll brood over miseries no longer, but put a good face on the matter, and try the fresh air and the bears again; and if that don't do, I'll talk to the baroness soundly, and cut the Von Swillenhausens dead.
Having once made up his mind to action, he soon brought the baroness and the Von Swillenhausens to reason, and died many years afterwards: not a rich man that I am aware of, but certainly a happy one: leaving behind him a numerous family, who had been carefully educated in bear and boar-hunting under his own personal eye.
Hope you're satisfied with the ornament of your study," he said, indicating the baroness.
You're home after a journey," said the baroness, "so I'm flying.
You're home, wherever you are, baroness," said Vronsky.
There, you never know how to say such pretty things," said the baroness, turning to Petritsky.
Well, then, I'll make you some coffee, so go and wash and get ready," said the baroness, sitting down again, and anxiously turning the screw in the new coffee pot.
said the baroness suddenly, interrupting Vronsky's conversation with his comrade.
And the baroness, detaining Vronsky, began telling him, with many jokes, about her last new plans of life, asking his advice.
He came up rapidly, unnoticed, lifted his hat slightly, and paused to say in French: "The Baroness
has asked me, in case I met a lady on my way out, to desire her to come in at once.