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The Princess Aline

Richard Harding Davis

Book Overview: 

Morton Carlton, an easy-going, rich young artist, has never taken the concepts of love and marriage all that seriously -- until by accident a copy of an English illustrated paper falls into his hands, which contains a photograph of the young Princess Aline of Hohenwald. Instantly, Carlton is captivated by the princess, and decides that he must meet her. But how to get close to a princess, who lives in a small German duchy well protected by guards and etiquette?

Carlton decides to travel to Europe and try his luck.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I would meet her, and here I am. If she is not in Grasse, I intend to follow her to wherever she may be." He waved his pipe at the ocean before him, and recited, with mock seriousness:

"'Across the hills and far away,
        Beyond their utmost purple rim,
And deep into the dying day,
        The happy Princess followed him.'


"Only in this case, you see," said Carlton, "I am following the happy Princess."

"No; but seriously, though," said Miss Morris, "what is it you mean? Are you going to paint her portrait?"

"I never thought of that," exclaimed Carlton. "I don't know but what your idea is a good one. Miss Morris, that's a great idea." He shook his head approvingly. "I did not do wrong to confide in you," he said. "It was perhaps taking a liberty; but as you have not considered it . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Carlton, an American artist, sees the picture of the Princess Aline and is convinced that he is in love. He sends the princess two of his paintings and undertakes an excursion to Europe in hopes of meeting the woman of his dreams. While I was reading this story, I had the distinct impression that...more

This story was interesting, and the plot moved along quickly. It was not tedious as some books from this period tend to be. The characters were likeable and mostly believable, again not usual for stories from this time, in my experience. It included some prescience as well: In referring to royalt...more

A young artist goes on a wild goose chase, in hope of meeting and falling in love with the princess. However, he instead finds himself in love with his travelling companion.

Very cute! I especially love the ending, because it let's you know that if Carlton (the artist) had tried a little harder, h...more

Cute book. Easy read. Something enjoyable when you don't want to read something that's going to take a lot of time.

It's a short, funny, romance story about a young artist who traipses about Europe trying to meet his true love. It honestly feels like a period Rom-Com. After seeing a picture of a princess of a small duchy in Germany, our protagonist, Carlton, sets sail for Europe to finagle and introductions. A...more

Sad bonus ending. Wasn't as Ruritanian as I was expecting.

Sweet story.