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Maria's letters & notes
« on: December 11, 2005, 09:42:39 PM »
Here's a letter from Maria. I don't have a date for it, nor do I know who it was written to. I saw it in a Russian book some years ago and copied it out. The translation is mine, and I accept all responsibility for the poorness of it! If anyone else has any letters or correspondence of Maria's from captivity, feel free to post in this thread.

The four of us live in one room. in the mornings we keep ourselves busy studying history, language etc. We go for a walk twice a day in the yard and the tiny garden. We built a snow mountain in the yard and slide down it.

To pass the time, we practice little French and English plays which we perform on holidays. Previously we were allowed to go to Church on holidays, but it was later decided we could not go to Church except on major Feast Days. They let us have the vigil-service and Liturgy at home though. It takes place in the hall - it's comfortable enough and we organised it like a Church with icons, - but, it is not so nice as it is at Church. With sadness we remember the Feodorovsky Cathedral. Do you remember how we all prepared for Communion there in the grotto? That place always put me in such a marvellous mood. Now we don't know how we shall fast. Soon it will be Lent.
Time flies by with a horrible quickness. Soon it will be a year since we saw our friends. Well, it's nothing - God will grant us all to meet again.
 Just now Mama and my sisters are singing. I'm not sure how it will work out - I haven't sung with the choir yet, but we often sing ourselves.
Some of the old injured soldiers (from the lazaret) write to us.
Today we have been rehearsing an English play. Tomorrow is Sunday and we shall perform it. I've played male roles sometimes - it's very easy now since I have short hair.

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Re: Maria's letters & notes
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2005, 07:36:15 AM »
Thanks for the translation, Georgiy! I haven't ever seen this letter before...

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Well, it's nothing - God will grant us all to meet again.


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Re: Maria's letters & notes
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2005, 01:49:43 PM »
She did meet them again though - in Heaven.

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Re: Maria's letters & notes
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2005, 02:13:20 PM »
Yes, and we will all meet them someday in Heaven...

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Re: Maria's letters & notes
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2005, 03:24:42 PM »
I will try to find the original, I think I already read this. Georgy, to find the exact date, it is quite easy: take the Nicolas's diary, search when they play an english play a sunday. The date of the letter will be the saturday before! I will do it tomorrow.

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Re: Maria's letters & notes
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2005, 03:58:54 PM »
They performed The Crystal Gazer on February 18, and Packing Up on the 4th (I think -- I'm not very good with Cyrillic handwriting). Here's the programs, if anyone wants to double-check me:
The Crystal Gazer
Packing Up
THE LOST CROWN: A Novel of Romanov Russia -- now in paperback!
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Re: Maria's letters & notes
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2005, 07:15:36 AM »
You are right with the dates, Sarushka, do not worry. Where are these documents from?

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Re: Maria's letters & notes
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2005, 07:54:30 AM »
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You are right with the dates, Sarushka, do not worry. Where are these documents from?

They are from the exhibition catalog, Nicholas & Alexandra: The Last Imperial Family of Tsarist Russia.
THE LOST CROWN: A Novel of Romanov Russia -- now in paperback!
"A dramatic, powerful narrative and a masterful grasp of life in this vanished world." ~Greg King

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Re: Maria's letters & notes
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2005, 07:54:37 AM »
Where do you find these letters?
just wondering


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Re: Maria's letters & notes
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2005, 02:03:22 PM »
The three letters I posted (one of Maria's and two of Anastasia's) come from, if memory serves me correctly, a book published by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia commemorating the centenary of the birth of Nicholas II. (I am pretty sure it was a ROCOR publication but as it was a long time ago I saw this book at a University library, I can't really remember.)

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Re: Maria's letters & notes
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2005, 04:20:03 PM »
For russian readers who do not know it (which is quite rare!), another Maria's letter from Tobolsk
http://www.tzar.orthodoxy.ru/n2/pism/5_1.htm#13

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Re: Maria's letters & notes
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2006, 08:42:41 PM »
Oh to read Russian  :'(
Hindsight is 20/20.  When the myopic haze of of the present is lifted by the march of time we see it clearly as the past.  Sociology, psychology, anthropology.  They are all means of understanding that which came before.  History cannot stand alone.

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Re: Maria's letters & notes
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2006, 08:54:09 PM »
I am going bonkers trying to locate the notes little Marie wrote to her mother when she was young.  They are the ones in which she expresses her feelings of being unloved.  I know the partials are contained in FOTR, but I have seen notes somewhere and my gut tells me it's one the Net.  Can anyone help me out here?
Hindsight is 20/20.  When the myopic haze of of the present is lifted by the march of time we see it clearly as the past.  Sociology, psychology, anthropology.  They are all means of understanding that which came before.  History cannot stand alone.

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Re: Maria's letters & notes
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2006, 05:58:59 PM »
Perhaps the AP Main Menu? I haven't read Maria's letters there yet, maybe they're there.

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Re: Maria's letters & notes
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2006, 07:51:38 PM »
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Perhaps the AP Main Menu? I haven't read Maria's letters there yet, maybe they're there.

Thanks for the link, Ritka, but the ones Liz is looking for are not there. We're looking for two letters from March of 1910 -- the ones referred to (but, alas! not quoted) in FOTR as being indicative of poor relations between Alix and her daughters.
THE LOST CROWN: A Novel of Romanov Russia -- now in paperback!
"A dramatic, powerful narrative and a masterful grasp of life in this vanished world." ~Greg King