Samuel Greyson Posted October 21, 2015 Share Posted October 21, 2015 At the end of the Pall Mall street, wedged between St. James Park and St. James Square, stood a large mansion that in centuries to come would evolve to become far bigger with addition after addition until it was to be called Buckingham Palace. Such a lofty name however was far in the future. The Buckingham mansion as it was now known was drawn up of fine white marble and sandstone, with clear Baroque geometry. Inside cherubs in a blue sky was fitted over the white plaster. Each room held a different color and nothing was short of lavish. The mansion was square, but inside the servants still had the habit to refer to the left as the west and right as the east wing; the west wing dedicated to the Duke's chambers, and the east wing deserted for he had send his wife to her father in the country, long since grown bored with her behavior which was an impediment on his fun. Paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt and Lely were displayed in the large hallway, created to impress the visitor, an enormous marble staircase drawing in the eye. The front garden was filled with various flowers, although it was mostly greenery now. In the back there is a long walk designed by a garden architect, so that the duke could walk and find intimacy with his private guests at every turn. A large fountain in the middle sprouted moist into the air. In his eagerness to leave, and somewhat due to the impulsive nature of all this, all of his few belongings – mostly books and manuscripts, the clothes he had purchased during his time in London, one precious present from the King and one no-less precious from George – were already packed. There were two letters he had to write, but he wished to postpone these until the very last minute. And there were probably still a few more days for that moment to come. Yet there was one more person he had to say farewell to – and luckily, with this person he could do it face-to-face, without hiding behind a letter. Arriving upon the mansion's door, Samuel told the footman: "Master Samuel Greyson. To visit Lord Kingston if he is at home." EDIT: Slight changes made to reflect that Samuel's departure will take place later than he had planned, following his conversation with Buckingham. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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