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Re: Maria's Characteristics
« Reply #60 on: June 21, 2011, 10:58:17 AM »
Her tastes were very simple, and with her warm heart she was kindness itself. --Tutor Pierre Gilliard

She was the most unaffected, affectionate, and friendly member of the family. By nature, she was the archetypal mother. She loved little children, especially playing with and fussing over them. She loved being with ordinary people: she would talk to the soldiers, asking them about their home life. --Tutor Gibbes.

Marie Nicolaievna, alone of the sisters, had a decided talent for drawing, and sketched quite well… Baroness Sophie Buxhoevden

“. …When Marie Nicolaievna smiled, her eyes shone with such brilliance that it was a pleasure to see… Her face was more often rosy than those of her sisters. Her laughter was so gay and infectious that one derived pleasure from playing and joking with her…” --one of the guards at Ipatiev House.

She was a wonderful girl, and I never realized her unselfish nature until those dreadful days…[Tsarskoe Selo captivity]. --Lili Dehn, friend of Alexandra

“Like their mother, they were addicted to perfume…Marie constantly changed her perfumes, but was more or less faithful to Lilac…” ~Lili Dehn

Marie had a naturally sweet disposition and a very good mind. ~Anna Vyrubova, friend of Alexandra.
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Re: Maria's Characteristics
« Reply #61 on: June 21, 2011, 11:18:59 AM »
Yes . . . I also remember one time (It could be the time that TunaEars mentioned, I'm not sure), Maria did something that angered her mother but Nicholas stopped the punishment because he had said he was worried about the child sprouting angel's wings!
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Re: Maria's Characteristics
« Reply #62 on: June 21, 2011, 11:34:52 AM »
Both incidents are the same. It concerned Afternoon Tea. The children were not permitted anything from the tea table but Maria who was small at the time swiped a cookie and ate it. She was also quite proud of the fact.

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Re: Maria Stats
« Reply #63 on: November 25, 2012, 11:21:57 AM »
It was a possiblity that Maria was going to be a hemophilia (sorry spelling) carrier.  Meaning that if she had a child it could be a good chance her child would have the disorder.


DNA testing on the Imperial Family's remains showed that either Maria or Anastasia were carriers of the hemophilia gene. Science cannot tell us, unfortunately, which GD it was, but can prove that only one of the girls were carriers. It's cool to know that if Nicholas and Alexandra's line continued then the hemophilia gene would have probably died out by now.

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Re: Maria's stats & characteristics
« Reply #64 on: July 07, 2014, 06:56:50 AM »
Maria was actually called "obstinate" in someone´s memoirs, and clearly misbehaved often as a result of feeling neglected compared to her siblings, and thus trying to draw more attention to herself. I believe she suffered from the typical "middle child syndrom", when it seemed to her that her elder and younger siblings were more loved than her. There is a famous Alexandra´s letter in which she assures her that is not true - and also it stands as proof that Maria felt miserable. Another time she believed that Alexandra and Anastasia shared a secret out of which she was excluded. Alix, again, denied this. But these episodes show that Maria, at least when it came to her mother, was probably not the child who would be prefered. Olga as the eldest, and Tatiana as the one most understanding Alix, were more prefered as companions to "Mama", while Anastasia was the merry little devil reminding Alix of her younger self. Alexei, of course, was the favourite. There is no doubt Alix loved Maria as dearly as her other children, and quite possibly it was all in Maria´s head only, but there is also possibility that the third daughter, caught in the middle of tighthly-knit Big Pair and adored younger siblings (who too were extremely close) indeed was occasionally "left out".

Maria was kindness itself, extremely unselfish and always ready to sacrifice and adjust. She still had her own head an personality, which manifested itself the best in ability to endure, to protect and find beauty in small things. Not cleverest or most bright, she listened to her intuition more than anything. Often, I feel, she is dismissed just as "the good one", which is why I love how LIly Dehn captured her in her memoirs. Strong. Brave. Reliable. "Uninteresting" in comparison to highly intelligent and melancholic Olga, to level-headed, regal Tatiana and mischievous, amusing Anastasia, Maria has, for the longest time, not been given enough credit, always mentioned as a sweet, pretty Russian girl who just followed someone else´s lead.

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Re: Maria's stats & characteristics
« Reply #65 on: July 07, 2014, 07:31:34 AM »
But these episodes show that Maria, at least when it came to her mother, was probably not the child who would be prefered.

At yet it was Maria who was chosen to accompany her parents to Ekaterinburg.
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Re: Maria's stats & characteristics
« Reply #66 on: July 07, 2014, 07:43:29 AM »
Yes, but first thing is there are different reports on how it happened (from that she was chosen to that she volunteered) plus when you think about it she was not chosen because she would be the natural first choice for a company or even to tend her mother. That would have beenTaitana, the most trusted and Alexandra´s favourite, but she was assigned the more important task of looking after her brother. Olga was obviously not in great health and Anastasia still too young plus again it was noted that she would be company to Alexei. Maria was healthy, robust, obliging. I tend to believe she volunteered, but if she had not, she was still the most logical choice.

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Re: Maria's stats & characteristics
« Reply #67 on: July 07, 2014, 10:16:36 AM »
Maria was actually called "obstinate" in someone´s memoirs, and clearly misbehaved often as a result of feeling neglected compared to her siblings, and thus trying to draw more attention to herself. I believe she suffered from the typical "middle child syndrom", when it seemed to her that her elder and younger siblings were more loved than her. There is a famous Alexandra´s letter in which she assures her that is not true - and also it stands as proof that Maria felt miserable. Another time she believed that Alexandra and Anastasia shared a secret out of which she was excluded. Alix, again, denied this. But these episodes show that Maria, at least when it came to her mother, was probably not the child who would be prefered. Olga as the eldest, and Tatiana as the one most understanding Alix, were more prefered as companions to "Mama", while Anastasia was the merry little devil reminding Alix of her younger self. Alexei, of course, was the favourite. There is no doubt Alix loved Maria as dearly as her other children, and quite possibly it was all in Maria´s head only, but there is also possibility that the third daughter, caught in the middle of tighthly-knit Big Pair and adored younger siblings (who too were extremely close) indeed was occasionally "left out".

Maria was kindness itself, extremely unselfish and always ready to sacrifice and adjust. She still had her own head an personality, which manifested itself the best in ability to endure, to protect and find beauty in small things. Not cleverest or most bright, she listened to her intuition more than anything. Often, I feel, she is dismissed just as "the good one", which is why I love how LIly Dehn captured her in her memoirs. Strong. Brave. Reliable. "Uninteresting" in comparison to highly intelligent and melancholic Olga, to level-headed, regal Tatiana and mischievous, amusing Anastasia, Maria has, for the longest time, not been given enough credit, always mentioned as a sweet, pretty Russian girl who just followed someone else´s lead.

In your last paragraph you are quite right , Ally. The qualities of kindness, unselfishness, and a willingness to sacrifice  and accommodate are not at all incompatible with her other notable and acknowledged virtues, namely strength, bravery, and steadfastness. Lili Dehn clearly recognized this and expressed it early. She wasn't so well-loved for nothing.
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