WIPpet Wednesday—Disrespectful doctor

Some of my recent pictures from my walks around the pond:

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WIPpet Wednesday is a weekly bloghop hosted by K.L. Schwengel. The caveat is that excerpts must be related to the date in some way. I’m sharing 29 lines, for the 29th of the month.

Savva, the 35-month-old firstborn child of Grand Duchess Olga and Prince Konstantin Konstantinovich the younger, is on his deathbed with a cerebral hemorrhage and has just had Extreme Unction performed. Shortly after the ceremony, the palace pediatrician becomes extremely chutzpahdik (impudent; disrespectful) and starts seriously overstepping his bounds and behaving extremely inappropriately.

“Marital hygiene” is an old-fashioned euphemism for birth control.

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Prince Konstantin and his seven surviving siblings, circa 1907. I’m at least 90% sure Konstantin is third from the left in the front.

“Please forgive me for broaching such a sensitive subject, Your Highness,” the doctor told Konstantin, “but I really hope your third child is a girl.  You don’t want to have three sick boys in a row.  And whatever this coming child is, you shouldn’t risk further children after already having two sons stricken with this curse.  You know your wife is a carrier, and that this dreaded characteristic wasn’t just a fluke with one child.  I’m sure any of your priests will grant you permission to employ marital hygiene with these extenuating circumstances.  It’s not like you’re anywhere near to the order of succession and need an heir and some spares.”

“My children are Divine blessings,” Konstantin said softly. “I have seven surviving siblings, and wanted my own family so badly for so many years.  My wife and I aren’t having children as some kind of dynastic security blanket.  I’d want a lot of children even if I hadn’t been born a prince.”

The doctor turned to Aleksey. “And you, Your Majesty.  I really don’t mean to be morbid or disrespectful, but I hope this has moved you to change your mind about heading off to Paris for four years.  With your condition, you never know when it’s going to be your time.  Even if you don’t reign for very long, at least secure the dynasty by marrying and producing an heir.  No one wants to see the succession shift to you-know-whom.”

“This isn’t the time or place to discuss such things,” Mikhail said. “I’m very disappointed in you for even broaching such subjects at a child’s deathbed.  If you value your esteemed position, you won’t speak any further on such matters.”

“Yes, Your Imperial Highness.  But we must discuss these things as soon as possible.”

“That’s entirely up to my family’s discretion.  The dynasty is secure in my hands, and my nephew will take the appropriate measures to keep it secure once it’s his turn on the throne.  The particulars aren’t your concern.”

“It should’ve been his turn on the throne since two years ago.  Do you really intend to hand over the reins at some point, or do you plan to steal your nephew’s birthright?  You may have grown too fond of your position as Regent, and His Majesty is too innocent to understand your scheme.  I hope to God you’re not amending the House Laws again, so your morganatic son can inherit the throne and your commoner wife can become Empress.  It was bad enough you already revised them once, even if part of those revisions were for an understandable, realistic reason.”

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11 comments on “WIPpet Wednesday—Disrespectful doctor

  1. LOVE the pictures. Sorry I didn’t get over here sooner. It’s been a crazy couple weeks. You rock the historical world. =)

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  2. Pax Asteriae says:

    Wow… he was doing alright to start with, I thought. A bit blunt and not best-timed or placed, but definitely a subject that needed broaching. And then… haha, he really doesn’t know when to stop, does he? I think I felt my jaw drop halfway through!

    The area around your pond is so pretty! I love those photos. 🙂

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  3. Alana Terry says:

    I really like how this has such political undertones, but you do such a good job showing the personal and family drama going on as well.

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  4. There’s always a lot of scheming going on with royals, isn’t there? It makes for fascinating stories. I love your nature shots.

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  5. kathils says:

    Okay, is this doctor going to be facing a firing squad shortly? Because sass like that… that’s way more than overstepping his bounds. Yikes. This “It’s not like you’re anywhere near to the order of succession and need an heir and some spares.” *snork* Okay, funny but not so funny.

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  6. Eden says:

    This doctor acts like he’s been a family confidant and friend for years! Where does he think he belongs?

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  7. ReGi McClain says:

    I hope Aleksey gives that guy the boot.

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  8. Cindy Scott says:

    Wow, what a dick! Me thinks he should get the sack. 🙂

    Definitely interested to see where this goes.

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  9. ceeleeolson says:

    I agree with Pax. He started off okay, though his timing was pretty bad, and then he lost it from there. I definitely see him being clapped in irons very shortly.

    And I think Marital Hygine is my new favorite term for birth control. It’s so polite!

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  10. Emily Witt says:

    Oh, wow, talk about letting the mouth run away! Regardless of whether the doctor makes some good points, I’m a bit concerned for his welfare now!

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  11. Amy says:

    Gorgeous pictures!

    Yeah, that doctor…someone always has to take things one step too far, and he managed to take it several. He’s not exactly wrong, but his timing sure sucks, and he definitely didn’t say things in the most respectful manner.

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