„A good lady wrote to me that she had the King’s picture framed with topazes, as that stone is supposed to keep you from sudden and violent death. Isn’t that simply delicious? And she costs me a lot of money, as she is constantly dying of hunger and only lives on my munificence!
I bought myself one hat in three years, in ordert o be able to go on with my charities, and she frames the King’s pictures in topazes! It’s too delicious! and he himself wishes for a violent death, a real soldier’s death, as illness is to him a nightmare and exceedingly trying!“ (1904)
Queen Elisabeth of Romania (Carmen Sylva)
Source: Letters and poems of Queen Elisabeth (Carmen Sylva) with an introduction and notes by Henry Howard Harper, Boston, The Bibliophile Society, 1920.