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Monday, February 13, 2012

A sad story reminiscent of my Chinese essays

"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." - Will Rogers


Amadeo I of Spain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"The wedding day of Prince Amedeo and Donna Maria Vittoria was marred by the following tragic events:

- The best man shot himself.
- The palace gatekeeper slit his throat.
- The King's aide died after falling from his horse.
- The bride's wardrobe mistress hanged herself.
- The colonel leading the wedding procession collapsed from sunstroke.
- The stationmaster was crushed to death under the wheels of the honeymoon train.

It was said of him that he was neither very intelligent nor very cultivated, and not well liked by his Spanish subjects. For instance, legend has it that once, whilst he was going for a drive around Madrid in his carriage, his secretary pointed out that the house they were passing by was that of the famous writer Miguel de Cervantes, upon which he replied that "Well, if he is so famous, even though he has not come to see me yet, I'll pay him a visit soon". Cervantes had died over 250 years earlier."
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