After Victory

27 Jul

It was 1859 and after thirty years of parliamentary control the Whigs were overturned by the Conservatives thanks to the genius platform of the party lieutenant, Benjamin Disraeli.  The debate lasted well into the morning hours.  The biographer Maurois writes the following:

After the division, the Conservative cheers on Dizzy’s behalf were deafening and prolonged.  Every one wanted to shake him by the hand.  After leaving Westminster, many of them met at the Carlton and improvised a supper party.  Disraeli dropped in at the club for a moment on his way home, and was once more welcomed with endless cheers.  His friends beseeched him to sup with them, but he knew Mary Anne was awaiting him, that she had also prepared a supper, and he did not wish to disappoint her.  On the next day she proudly wrote to one of her friends, “Dizzy came straight home; I had got a pie ready and a bottle of champagne.  He ate half the pie and drank all of the champagne, and he said to me, ‘My dear, you are more of a mistress to me than a wife.’” She was then seventy-seven.

How beautiful.

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2 Responses to “After Victory”

  1. OneWhoBlesses July 27, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    Married love is my favorite.

  2. Marie July 28, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    Aw. I’m glad my British politics status could rekindle your fire with Disraeli. That is a sweet story. I wish I was Mary Anne.

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