The Two-Headed Eagle
tr. C. Mulrooney
She could not count on anything,
not even on chance. Since there
exist some lives without chance.
H. de Balzac
The Queen, 30
Edith de Berg, 23
Stanislas (called Azrael), 25
Felix de Willenstein, 36
Count de Foëhn, 45
Tony (black deaf-mute serving the queen)
The tragedy of Krantz will always remain an enigma. How did the assassin get in the queen’s apartments? Employing what menace did he stay there for three days? The queen was found fatally stabbed in the back, at the top of the stairs in the library. She wore a riding habit and had just reviewed her troops at the window. For the first time, she there had presented herself with an unconcealed face.
The assassin was lying dead at the foot of the stairs, struck by poison. The tragedy offers numerous descriptions. Historical, scientific, poetical, subjective, political, all of these are credible.