Orpheus no Mado Encyclopaedia – Synopses

Chapter 13 – After the fateful meeting

Julius is brought to the Winter Palace, the residence of the Tsar, to be interrogated by Rasputin. Behind her arrest there is the hand of Ad&egrav;le, frightened by Rasputin's threats.
Rasputin hypnotizes Julius and makes her tell him of her true identity as the heir of the Alensmeier family and the holder of the secret patrimony of the Tsar in Germany.
It is of vital importance that this secret ought not to be disclosed, while Rasputin would like to use Julius for his purposes.
Luckily, when Julius is taken before the court of the Tsar, the doctors declare that she is in fact a woman, so she couldn't be the male heir of the Alensmeier.
Released, Julius is free to come back to Yusupov palace.
Meanwhile Alekseij is kept hidden at Ustinov's country villa. When the split between him and Arlaune grows bigger, Alekseij leaves villa Ustinov and goes back to St. Petersburg, where one day, during a brawl in the middle of the street, he sees Julius among the crowd. The two lovers chosen by the window of Orpheus meet again after a long, long time. They are chased by the police and they take refuge in an abandoned building. After a short embrace, Alekseij leaves Julius telling her briskly to get back to Germany and to forget him; then he disappears.
Shocked, Julius falls down from a balcony.
When she is recovered by the Yusupovs, she has lost all her memory.
Alekseij takes leave from Arlaune, choosing a different path from her and deciding to join the Bolsheviks in Moscow.
In December 1905 the people of Moscow organize a revolt against the Tsarist army.
Alekseij too fights in the barricades along with Zubofsky.
But the tragedy is around the corner: Arlaune follows Alekseij in Moscow and piteously dies in the explosion of a bridge caused by Alekseij's group. Before her death, Arlaune had casually met Yuri Preshkov, Dimitrij's traitor, and had failed to kill him.
In St. Petersburg, Leonid Yusupov is given the task of repressing Moscow revolt with regiment Semyonovsky. Adèle reveals him that his sister Vera has a lover. Yusupov catches Vera with one of their servants, Efrem: but in reality Vera's lover is a revolutionary spy that was stealing military informations from her. Yusupov kills him in cold blood. The spy's true name was Georgi Bazarov.
Then Yusupov goes to Moscow, and once more his strategy against the rebels is successful: the revolutionary army is caught in the crossfire. Alekseij tries to open an escape route for them but he is blocked by Yusupov and arrested. Taken to St. Petersburg, Alekseij and Zubofsky are both condemned to deportation in Siberia, Zubofsky in the prison of Krasnojarsk and Alekseij in that of Akatoi.
Time passes. In 1906 the Tsar convenes the Duma, but this doesn't resolve the social problems of Russia.
Anastasia, more and more at odds with her husband Strahoff, organizes revolutionary salons at her house.
Ludmil, Yusupov's joungest brother, goes to the military academy.
Antonia marries the head of the military police. One night at the opera, while Anastasia tries to tell Julius of Alekseij's fate – but Julius doesn't remember anything of her past, and is now called "Julia" by the Yusupovs – Mihail Karnakov blows up a coach scattering panic among the audience. Then he seeks refuge in Antonia's coach and he kisses her to silence.

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