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By Gloria Whelan

In the autumn of 1914, secure in the back of palace partitions, Katya Ivanova sees St. Petersburg as a paranormal place.

The daughter of a lady-in-waiting to the Empress, Katya spends all her time with the Grand Duchesses; the royal kinfolk seems like her personal. yet open air the palace, a bad battle is sweeping via Europe, and Russia is starting to collapse below the load of a growing to be revolution. Now, as Katya′s once-certain destiny starts off to dissolve, she needs to search to appreciate what's occurring to her liked nation and, for the 1st time in her lifestyles, take cost of her personal future.

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I teased him until he finally agreed. “Very well, but don’t blame me if you don’t like what you see. And, Katya”—he frowned at my dress with its sash and silk 46 ruffles—“dress in the simplest clothes you have. ” The next morning, as soon as Mama and Lidya left, I changed into a plain white blouse, a dark skirt, and a straw hat I had once sat upon. I hurried downstairs, eager for my adventure. Misha was there, but I could see from the unwelcoming expression on his face that he regretted his invitation.

We were back on the Nevsky Prospekt. People were staring at us. We fell silent, walking the rest of the way home without a word. The sun had broken through the clouds, and the day was hotter than ever. My blouse clung damply to my arms and chest. I was grateful to escape into our cool, high-ceilinged mansion. 56 Once we were inside, Misha stomped up the stairs to his room. I trailed up the stairway behind him, wandering through Mama’s bedroom and into her sitting room. The sitting room, with its pale-yellow walls decorated with a border of painted flowers, was my favorite room.

I hurried downstairs, eager for my adventure. Misha was there, but I could see from the unwelcoming expression on his face that he regretted his invitation. Once outside he strode rapidly along the Nevsky as if he hoped I would tire and drop away. All of St. Petersburg was suffering with the heat. Dampness crept up from the river and canals and oozed down from the gray clouds that clotted the sky and threatened rain. As I hurried after Misha, I felt that with every step I was parting thick, muggy air.

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