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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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prince, she gave him an hearty box on the
ear. From this time, it is said, he took a
dislike to the fair sex: it is certain that he
never afterwards sought their society. Even
the beautiful Lady Koningsmark, who was
reckoned the handsomest woman of that
time, could never make any impression upon
his heart. When this lady found herself
slighted by him, she left the kingdom, and
became mistress to the king of Poland.

From that time they never met but once;
when that was, I think I will inform you,
as I am now in the humour for telling a story.
At the time king Charles XII. laid siege
to Warsaw, he, with very few attendants,
left the camp and rode privately to the city
to see an opera which was to be represented
that evening. The subject probably had
attracted him, and he did not always
consider the consequences of a rash action;
this was the representation of a battle
between the Polish and Swedish armies, the
former of which upon this occasion was
certain of success. At the end of the
mock-fight one of the Swedish officers exclaimed,
“We are undone now:” the king replied,
“Let the Poles obtain the battle on the

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