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Offline Sasta33

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Favorite "Memory" of Anastasia
« on: May 19, 2006, 02:06:04 PM »
We've all heard funny or poignant stories about Anastasia as a child--the pranks she played, her famous imitations of palace guests, the plays she and her siblings performed, or other funny stories about her and her life.

Of course, none of us were ever there, but we've heard plenty of great stories and anecdotes. What is your favorite "memory" of Anastasia?






Mine: the story of, when Anastasia was around four years old, she brought a picture book of animals to Gilliard, and promptly asked him to name all of the animals in French for her. She then, seriously, told him that she would return the following day so they could finish their lesson.
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Re: Favorite "Memory" of Anastasia
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2006, 04:13:00 PM »
I thought she didn't like french?

hmmmmm..... My "fave memory'' of her would have to be.... Well I thought this was really funny. When she was doing a play of some sort and she lifted her skirts up a little to high. She had the whole family laughing for weeks after that.
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Re: Favorite "Memory" of Anastasia
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2006, 06:53:31 PM »
Welcome to the forum both of you!

"I thought she didn't like french?
 
hmmmmm..... My "fave memory'' of her would have to be.... Well I thought this was really funny. When she was doing a play of some sort and she lifted her skirts up a little to high. She had the whole family laughing for weeks after that. "

Well she didn't really like any school subjects now did she?  ;) As a young child she was very interested in learning and posessed a magnificent French accent. As she got older she lost her aptitude for learning and became lazy in her studies. Oh, and she didn't lift her skirts up a little to high, it was a dress robe, and a daught came up under it and whisked its tail up to the middle of her back.

One of my favorite memories is the time Anastasia tried to take those toy balloons from little children on the palace quay. "Look, Look! Little children with balloons. Get out, take them from them, and bring them to me!"  ;D Also I love the quote by Olga Alexandrovna about Anastasia. "...I can still hear her laughter rippling all over the room. Dancing, music, games. Why, she threw herself whole heartedly into them all."
"Господь им дал дар по молитвам их размягчать окаменелые наши сердца за их страдания..Мне думается, что если люди будут молиться Царской Cемье, оттают сердца с Божией помощью."

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Re: Favorite "Memory" of Anastasia
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2006, 11:59:18 PM »
I like all practical jokes performed by Anastasia. But I laughed especially at one when a doll of her was involved. One of her nannies put a tonic in Anastasia's hair to make it stronger and healty. Then , Anastasia run to her room and brought one of her dolls, and rub the tonic into her little hair. The nanny said that she must not waste a so expensive tonic in a doll, but Anastasia answered that she wanted to do her hair stronger too...So the nanny must shut up. That was great!  ;D

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Re: Favorite "Memory" of Anastasia
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2006, 12:45:53 AM »
Both Holly and I welcome you two to this Forum! We are sure you will have an amazing time and meet very nice people!  ;) LOL, well Anastasia has many funny anecdotes, but my favourite would just happen to be when she was in her father's office. She eventually got bored so she decided to entertain herself by hiding underneath the table and barking like a dog. She even bit the men's legs - until Nicholas finally got fed up and pulled her out by the hair, leading her out of the room. Perhaps she got a very stern talk from him? LOL - sorry but that one just amuses me.

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Re: Favorite "Memory" of Anastasia
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2006, 02:22:23 AM »
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My Favorite one is when she was playing hide & seek with Gleb Botkin's son and she put her shoes behind a curtain to make it appear as if she was hiding there. Later, to watch what was going to happen.... she went to the top of the stairs. (that was a smart joke)
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Re: Favorite "Memory" of Anastasia
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2006, 03:03:31 PM »
i dont have a favourite cause  i have so many good memories of anastasia she was class in a unique way.  ;D

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Re: Favorite "Memory" of Anastasia
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2006, 01:31:55 AM »
Hi!

Hum, yes, welcome to you all!  :)

Well, I agree that there are many great anecdotes about Anastasia's pranks, but my greatest favorite, thought I'm not sure weither it's true or not, is a story about the children using the largest palace's dishes and silver trays as sleighs in the stairs. I hope it were only the girls, otherwise poor Alix would have gone soooo anxiously mad about Alexei!

...even if Alexei did used his sleigh in the house's stairs in Tobolsk, years later...
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Re: Favorite "Memory" of Anastasia
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2006, 08:40:06 AM »
welcome to the forums everybody!

i liked everything nastya did!
she was a jokester... she purposly did theese things. that is why i think she is the funniest thing in the whole family!

if she didn't i don't think it would have made her stand out like it makes her now.
it also helps that she was "a survivor"

probly when she hid under her fathers desk and had to be escorted out.
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Re: Favorite "Memory" of Anastasia
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2006, 08:26:04 PM »
Thank you! Thank you! I love this site already! Just I don't as much about Anastasia as I thought I did... :-[  :(  :'(  Well I am glad I am not the only one in the world who has an interest in the young duchess!
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Re: Favorite "Memory" of Anastasia
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2006, 02:58:55 AM »
Trust me, you're not. ;) I also learnt heaps more on the Romanovs ever since I learnt about the AP website and Forum! I'm absolutely sure you'll have an amazing time! Ha, grandduchess_42, you're just like me! :)

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Re: Favorite "Memory" of Anastasia
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2006, 09:38:45 AM »
Thank you for welcoming us here!! It is a beautiful site, one of the best websites on the internet. I'm so glad to be here.  :)

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Re: Favorite "Memory" of Anastasia
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2006, 09:40:27 AM »
iv got so many good memory of  Anastasia and i love all the stories and memories of her but heres some of my favourites

"My father comes home for dinner and usually tells some story about the Imperial family. One day it is Anastasia to whom my father had said: 'Anastasia Nicholaievna, you are made of gold.' To which she retorted: 'Not at all, I'm made of ordinary leather." --Gleb Botkin's Memoirs

But she was a Shvibzik indeed. As she grew older, she developed a gift for mimicy. Ladies who came to see my sister-in-law never knew that somewhere unseen in the background, their Empress's youngest daughter was watching every movement of theirs, every peculiarity, and later it would all come out when we were by ourselves. That art of Anastasia's was not really encouraged, but oh the fun we had when we heard duplicated the fat Countess Kutuzova, one of my mother's ladies-in-waiting, complaining of a heart attack brought on by the appearance of a mouse. Very naughty of Anastasia, but she was certainly brilliant at it!-her aunt olga  Alexandrovna's Memoirs


Anastasia was very roguish and almost a wag. She had a strong sense of humour and the darts of her wit often found sensitive spots. She was rather an enfant terrible, although this fault tended to correct itself with age. She was extremely idle, though with the idleness of a gifted child. Her French accent was excellent, and she acted scenes from comedy with remarkable talent. She was so lively, and her gaiety so infectious, that several members of the suite had fallen into the way of calling her 'Sunshine,' the nickname her mother had been given at the English Court. - Pierre Gilliard

The imperial party arrived a few moments after we had taken our seats - the Empress Mother, the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, and trooping after her, not only the two older daughters, Olga   Tatiana, but the younger pair, Maria and Anastasia. It was the first time I had seen any of the four. The two older ones were in simple white, each with a single string of small pearls, and with their heavy dark hair hanging over their shoulders looked very girlish and sweet. Olga carried a little bunch of violets, and Maria and the ten-year-old Anastasia had boxes of silver-wrapped chocolates. The two ladies bowed to us and Anastasia sat down nearest me and gave me a demure little smile as she set her box of chocolates on the railing between us. I went in to my seat before the bell, and in the box a curious thing happened which has a particular niche in my memory gallery. The imperial party had retired to a reception room in the ream for the intermission, and the Empress Mother and the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna were not yet in evidence, only the two youngest daughters were in the box. Anastasia's chair next to the railing was close to mine. She was not a beautiful child, but there was something frank and winning about her. Her hair was drawn back in a one-sided whorl, perhaps to hide a small scar whose edge I fancied I saw under its dark loop. On the flat railing sat the now depleted box of chocolates and her white gloves were sadly smudged. She shyly held out the box to me, and I took one. Music behind the curtain was playing in a very low key, and she began to hum the air softly to herself. It was a haunting air, with a minor strain suggestive of the Volga Boat Song.

"What is that song you are humming?" I asked.

"Oh," she said, "It is an old song about a little girl who had lost her doll."

The music faded out then, the people were crowding in from the foyer, and she was biting into another chocolate. The white gloves were now quite hopeless.

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Re: Favorite "Memory" of Anastasia
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2006, 09:41:56 AM »
I never noticed in her the smallest trace of mawkishness or dreamy melancholy, not even at the age when girls fall a prey to such tendencies. She was the imp of the whole house, and the glummest faces would always brighten in her presence, for it was impossible to resist her jokes and nonsense. She was very boisterous, and sometimes a good deal too temperamental. Every impulse, every new sensation was something she immediately had to indulge to the full; she was aflame with life and animation. Even at sixteen she still behaved like a headstrong young foal that has run away from its master. In her play, in her realising her wishes, in her schemes, in everything she did, there was the same impetuousness and youthful enthusiasm - except, alas, in her lessons. I have mentioned that when she was younger this failing caused many scenes. When I rebuked her then, I felt she positively hated me, and her eyes went quite dark; but her rage vanished as quickly as it had come. A quarter of an hour later all was forgotten, and happy smile would appear on her cheeks, where the tears were still drying. She took calmly any punishment she felt was justified, but was deeply injured by any unfairness, and fought against it with every fibre of her being. For all her weaknesses you were bound to love this child, because you could not escape from her irresistible charm, made up of freshness, enjoyment of life, ingenuousness and simplicity.
~Pierre Gilliard's Memoirs~

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Re: Favorite "Memory" of Anastasia
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2010, 10:14:42 PM »
I never noticed in her the smallest trace of mawkishness or dreamy melancholy, not even at the age when girls fall a prey to such tendencies. She was the imp of the whole house, and the glummest faces would always brighten in her presence, for it was impossible to resist her jokes and nonsense. She was very boisterous, and sometimes a good deal too temperamental. Every impulse, every new sensation was something she immediately had to indulge to the full; she was aflame with life and animation. Even at sixteen she still behaved like a headstrong young foal that has run away from its master. In her play, in her realising her wishes, in her schemes, in everything she did, there was the same impetuousness and youthful enthusiasm - except, alas, in her lessons. I have mentioned that when she was younger this failing caused many scenes. When I rebuked her then, I felt she positively hated me, and her eyes went quite dark; but her rage vanished as quickly as it had come. A quarter of an hour later all was forgotten, and happy smile would appear on her cheeks, where the tears were still drying. She took calmly any punishment she felt was justified, but was deeply injured by any unfairness, and fought against it with every fibre of her being. For all her weaknesses you were bound to love this child, because you could not escape from her irresistible charm, made up of freshness, enjoyment of life, ingenuousness and simplicity.
~Pierre Gilliard's Memoirs~

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