The Memoirs of Catherine the Great

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CHAPTER IV
BETROTHAL (1744)

IN May the Empress again went to the Troitza (Trinity) convent1 where the Grand Duke, my mother, and I followed her. The Empress had for some time displayed a certain coldness towards my mother; at the Trinity convent the reason for this was revealed. One afternoon when the Grand Duke had come to visit us, the Empress arrived unannounced and asked my mother to follow her into the other room. Count Lestocq joined them there, and the Grand Duke and I sat down in a window recess to wait for them.

Their conversation lasted a long time, then Count Lestocq emerged and, coming up to the Grand Duke and myself, who were both laughing, he said: 'You will soon be laughing on the other side of your face.' Then, turning to me, he added: 'What you have to do is pack. You are leaving at once to return to your home.' The Grand Duke wanted to know what this meant and Count Lestocq replied: 'You'll learn all about it later,' and went off with some message whose purport I didn't know. He left the Grand Duke and myself pondering over what he had just told us: the Grand Duke's comment expressed itself in words, mine in thought. He said: 'If your mother has done something wrong, that does not mean that you have,' and I retorted: 'My duty is to follow my mother and obey her commands.' I could see clearly that he would have no regret in parting from me: realizing this attitude, I myself felt little more than indifference towards him, though I was not indifferent to the Russian Crown.

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To fulfil a vow she had made during my illness.

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