Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey (TV Series, 2013).
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey (TV Series, 2013).
Olga Nikolayevna: A Tiny Fragment of Her Life
an avid reader and a poetess of considerable talent. In spite of the difference in age Grand Duchess Olga was particularly friendly with my father, with whom she felt free to discuss anything that interested or worried her. She said always that my father was a ‘deep well of profound ideas,’ and even adressed him in all her letters as ‘Dear Well.’ Olga and I were working seriously on poetry, and the Grand Duchess became interested in my verses. Her interest naturally added more zeal to my endeavors, and from then forward I submitted every new piece of verse I wrote to Olga, which she analyzed very carefully, often giving me valuable advice, and exchanging opinions about rhymes, rhythms, and other problems which are supposed to preoccupy the poets. Thus it was that I came to know and appreciate fully the fine sensitive character of Grand Duchess Olga….She was by nature a thinker and as it later seemed to me, understood the general situation better than any member of her family, including even her parents. At least I had the impression that she had little illusions in regard to what the future held in store for them, and in consequence was often sad and worried. But there was a sweetness about her which prevented her from affecting anybody in a depressing manner, even when she herself felt depressed.
OTMA + Alix
In the top gif you see Maria and Anastasia roughhousing near Alexei; in the second, Olga stopping Anastasia from continuing it by holding her in a hug. (SO CUTE!)
(I reblogged a beautiful gifset from this footage and said how I loved when Olga held Anastasia in a hug to get her from pushing around Maria near poor Alexei; a meticulous, great follower pointed out this was not in the beautiful gifset reblogged; I realized that part of the footage was omitted, so I decided to post it in another gifset)
THE OLGA NIKOLAYEVNA ALPHABET - B [2/2]
Tatiana and Olga were not only sisters, but best friends. Though Olga hot-headed, outwardly emotional, and poetic, and Tatiana elegant, regal, and organized, the two were so inseparable. Literally from cradle to grave, the loving sisters were close from the time they could walk and died together. The girls shared a zest for life and a call to help people from a young age,
"Once Olga picked up a little dead bird which had fallen on the grass and claimed: „I will keep this poor little bird forever.“ The governess did not interfere but watched Olga carry it, followed by Tatiana who was sympathetically interested. The governess wondered how long the children would carry the bird before getting tired of it. A bit later Olga said: „Perhaps I am doing wrong to take this little bird away because even at this moment, God may have sent an angel for the bird and what if it is not there. I am going to put it back.” She retraced her steps to the spot where she had found it. The next day the girls were going to the beach again and they took the same path as on the previous day in order to look for the bird. When they arrived at the spot where Olga had replaced it, the bird was gone. ”Suppose we had taken it away!” said Olga, ”Then God’s angel could not have found it!” ”Oh,” replied Tatiana, “I think it would have been perfectly lovely if He had taken it out of our hands!”
OLGA NIKOLAYEVNA ALPHABET - C [1/2]
Olga was known for loving, beautiful, sweet, compassionate heart from a young age:
When she and Tatiana were brought to a toy shop, and they were told that they might choose what they liked for themselves, and also for relations and friends at home. Olga looked at the things, and finally chose the very smallest she could find, and said politely: „Thank you very much.” The shop people showed her more attractive toys; she always replied: „No, thank you; I don’t want to take it.” When those with her wondered, why she would not buy the toys, explaining that the people would be very sad if she would not take more, she said: „But the beautiful toys belong to some other little girls, I am sure; and think how sad they would be if they came home and found we had taken them while they were out.”
She was idealistic about the brutual world around her, once saying Well, I really think people are much better now than they used to be. I’m very glad I live now when people are so kind.” When she was 9 years old and Russian-Japaneese war broke out, Olga once stated: “I hope the Russian soldiers will kill all the Japanese; not leave even one alive.“ Margaret Eagar was astonished by such talking and so she told her there were children and women in Japan, people who could not fight, and asked her if she really thought it would be good of the Russian soldiers to slaughter them all. The Grand Duchess reflected for a moment, and then asked: „Have they an Emperor in Japan?” “Certainly,” was the answer. The girl asked various questions and when she learned the answers, she said slowly: I did not know that the Japs were people like ourselves. I thought they were only like monkeys.“ She never said again anything about being pleased to hear of the deaths of the Japanese.
Olga took control of a portion of her sizable fortune when she was twenty and began to respond independently to requests for charity. One day when she was out for a drive she saw a young child using crutches. She asked about the child and learned that the youngster’s parents were too poor to afford treatment. Olga set aside an allowance to cover the child’s medical bills.A court official, Alexander Mossolov, recalled that Olga’s character was “even, good, with an almost angelic kindness” by the time she was a young woman.
Olga cared for and pitied the soldiers she helped to treat. However, the stress of caring for wounded, dying men eventually also took its toll on the sensitive, moody Olga’s nerves.
Hey followers! As it’s the time of year for change, and getting 800 AMAZING followers, decided to update my blog. Here is the new layout! I hope you guys like it. I also will be:
- Expanding the tags: I will create tags for “Nicholas and Alexandra” and “Alexei Nikolayevich”, instead of lumping them into the soon-to-be former tag “general romanov history.” In place of this tag will be the tag “Other Romanovs”—for non-NAOTMAA members of the family—and a tag “Imperial Russia World & Culture”—for fashions, jewels, portraits, palaces, etc.
- I started a “Olga Alphabet” a while ago, and will FINALLY add it to the taglist along with my two new challenges, “30 Day History Challenge” and “30 Day Royal Challenge”
- Will choose new layouts for sub-pages
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