Love 💗 and Remarriage

In this eighth post in the series of “Love and Remarriage,” based upon my historical novel, “Escape From the Maelstrom,” I will be focusing upon the experience of Karina (aka Aleksandra) and Feodor when they go up to the hotel on the mountain to share some tea and pastries to celebrate Aleksandra’s new teaching position.

The friends are excited when they enter the restaurant in the hotel, but is their happiness short-lived?

Let us listen in when the Maitre d’hotel approaches them and see what Feodor’s reaction is. I have the character, Aleksandra, narrating, and I intervene from time to time!

“As we entered the hotel, I suddenly experienced a sense of foreboding. My hands felt a little clammy, and Feodor looked at me questionably. “Is everything all right?” he whispered.

“I tried to look confident, but even that facade gave me away. Feodor knew I was apprehensive. Nervously, I followed Feodor’s lead and took off my coat.

“At that time the Maitre d’hotel walked over to us rather decisively, I thought. Looking askance first at Feodor in his casual slacks and work shirt and then at me in my ultra conservative skirt and blouse, he told us that we had come at a busy time and there were no tables left.

“I could see that Feodor was very angry. The red on his face now was not the ruddiness of his complexion. I was fearful there would be a scene.

“Feodor surprised me, however. Somehow, he positioned his angry scowl into a half-smile as he said, ‘Of course. The mid-afternoon is a busy time for tea and dessert. Next time we will make reservations.” From the nuance in his voice, anyone would know that there would not be s next time.”

It is obvious that Feodor was indignant, and he had every right to be.

“The nerve of that man!” Feodor finally said. “They put a waiter’s uniform on one of these country fellows, and he thinks he’s an aristocrat. I wanted to tell him what I thought of him, but I didn’t want to embarrass you.”

“Thank you, Feodor, for your discretion. We probably should never have gone in.”

Listen to some of Feodor’s comments about his hatred of the Czarist regime and his doubt that the communists would do any better!

“No, Aleksandra, we had every right to go in. These people want to make us feel as though we don’t belong in fancy restaurants in elegant hotels. If we agree with them, then they have won.”

Feodor goes on to say:

“This whole system has brainwashed us, Aleksandra, until we have no faith in ourselves, and we stop dreaming of what we want to be. They tear our dreams to pieces, and then they hand the splinters back to us. And if we fight the system, they kill us so we become an example to the others.”

When Aleksandra tries to make light of the incident and pacify Feodor, it doesn’t work, and Feodor continues:

“The aristocrats From Moscow and St. Petersburg are convinced that they belong there in that hotel enjoying the good life. We’re the Russian peasants, and we have the audacity to be Jewish, too! So we are asked to leave. There’s a division there that can’t be eradicated without a fight.”

Feodor continues with great intensity!

“I don’t think there’s any hope for our people in this country. Some of my friends and family believe that the Bolsheviks have the answer, but I don’t agree. Even if one day the Czarist Rule is removed by force or otherwise, I just don’t think we will have the perfect society that some of my cronies anticipate. No, I think the only thing I can do is get my family out of this country. I think our only hope is to start all over again in a country that is free.”

“Like America?” I asked.

“Like America,” he repeated.

“It’s not easy to emigrate,” I said. “It’s not as though they’re giving any Russians, especially the Jews, permission to leave this country.”

“No, but there are ways. There always are ways, my dear Aleksandra,” he said, smiling again and then winking at me. But now even his smile and wink did not fill me with anything but apprehension and deep anxiety.”

I am so excited for you to read this novel because it is so inspirational while also providing valuable information about the historical era of the early twentieth century.

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