Adventures of fatal Sofia, or Who such “ umansky Anjelica “?
These ladies were and will be at all times: the delights knowing the own worth, able to present, feeling where and when to invent how to smile, approach with whom to be on friendly terms and whom to bypass the tenth road. They are sincerely loved and also sincerely hated, extolled, devote verses, cloths and also enthusiastically damned. Speak about such women: “ fatal “...
As it is frequent, being still a little girl, I, as well as most of my contemporaries, dreamed to be such here “ fatal “ unapproachable and all-conquering beauty. It seemed that to turn from the Cinderella into the Princess contrary to everything, to force kings to tremble before itself is and there is true happiness. There passed years, values are rethought. It is not enough - you begin to understand Pomala that the words “ it is necessary to pay for everything “ treat not only purchases in shop...
It recognized as the beauty still in 11 - summer age, and then she tried “ forbidden fruit “ love, understood that has the wonderful gift of seduction of a man`s half of mankind. Ah, as it was offensive for young Sofia, the daughter of the Greek who earned a living by buying up of cattle that she is not a countess, not the duchess and even not the daughter at least more - less notable parents. So the girl wanted to shine on receptions, to show dresses, to fascinate gentlemen and to give them illusive hope to be near though sometime.
In the people speak, there would be no happiness and the misfortune helped. And left. In 1778 the Istanbul house in which together with the family of the Greek origin Dodo lived (so it was called house) burned down during the fire and compassionate mother sold for several zloties the 13 - the summer daughter in Stanislav Augustus`s harem, the Polish king. From this point also adventures " begin; umansky Anjelica “ femme fatale, subsequently countess Sofia Pototskaya.
Sofia did not get to a harem as it was supposed, moreover, soon it becomes the kept woman of the Polish ambassador in Turkey Karol Lyasopolsky who, having forgotten about service, spent time with the young beauty (by the way, in Poland it was waited by the wife and children). The poor Greek woman quickly adapted to new life, having shown brilliant abilities: learned to speak not bad in French, acquired behavior manners in society. Those years the ambassador wrote down in the diary: “ Memory is unusual! Logical mentality. Observation and persistence are amazing! Is able to mask, hide the feelings, can be obsequious, compliant if that is demanded by circumstances “.
According to the order of the king, the ambassador was forced to return home. Of course, with itself(himself) it could take away the young mistress, but, in exchange, leaves to her money and the promise to marry. Soon To. Lyasopolsky becomes free - his wife dies, and to him Sofia rushes not to miss the chance to become the spouse of the rich Pole. Having reached Kamenets - Podolsk, the Greek woman was introduced by the bride of the ambassador and, giving herself for the person notable, demanded to herself the corresponding relation. There passed days, and the entry visa to Poland was not received. Sofia decided not to push luck, expecting “ a crane in the sky “ also preferred “ a titmouse in a hand “ - son of the commandant of fortress Jozef Witt. She suggested the major to marry her. It was only “ for “! The ardent major madly fell in love with the beautiful Greek woman, and already on June 14, 1779 Sofia and Jozef secretly from his parents got married in church of the village Zelenkivtsi near Kamyants. Old Witt flew into a rage from such behavior of the son, and future mother-in-law died, having hardly learned this news. Nevertheless, Sofia nevertheless managed to overpersuade the father-in-law, and he agreed to recognize this wedding.
In 1781 spouses went to travel across Europe. Right at the beginning they visited Warsaw where Sofia stayed with the king. At the beginning of March it was presented (oh, a twist of fate!) to that Stanislav Augustus for whose harem intended. Further - Berlin and acquaintance to the king of Prussia Frederick II, rest in the resort of SPA and acquaintance to the Austrian emperor Joseph II. It was accepted by the queen of France Marie Antoinette in her city residence Small Trianona, the king Louis XVIII, and the young count d`Artoi, future king Charles X paid attention of the columns Provencal to Sofia, subsequently. It were not just acquaintances - it was itself its Majesty the SUCCESS - grandiose and magnificent!
On November 17, 1781 at Sofia in Paris the son was born, but even this event did not add pleasure to his father - to Jozef Witt. He perfectly understood that he is only the peculiar annex to brilliant Sofia. She traveled, got acquainted (and not only) with influential people, had a good time and enjoyed life when her husband simply suffered. It and its pathetic fortress were forgotten. Even the Polish king forbade Jozef to leave fortress to return the wife.
At that time Catherine II`s government prepared for the next partition of Poland. This preparation went by means of maids of honor who had to not so soul how many as a body to serve the monarchess and the fatherland. The first step was in this regard made by Sofia during a trip to Constantinople. Charms madams Witt so captured reason of the French ambassador that several hours he talked to the lady, without noticing what speaks. Sofia remembered each word told them. The empress generously rewarded the beauty: with own hand handed diamond earrings and other values, and also presented several Belarusian villages.
In 1789 Sofia de Witt meets the general - the field marshal Mr. Potemkin. Being “ Dodo “ it is turned in a violent tuft of life. Witt, contrary to the decree of the king, very often self-willedally left fortress in search of the wife. It was not pleasant to the administration and Jozef was forced to resign. Potyomkin appoints him the governor of Kherson with an annual salary in 6000 rubles for that he did not go “ where does not follow “.
Staying in Warsaw, Sofia subdued the charms one of the most influential landowners, the nobleman, the furious fighter for freedom of Poland count Pototsky. He is hopelessly married, but this fact, as before, does not stop the lover of love affairs.
Pototsky Yuzefin`s wife though all also learns, does not attach it special significance (at least, shows no sign), however does not agree to divorce. Couple Pototsky - de Witt goes to Hamburg. But also here they were met by public contempt. Yuzefina stopped sending money, and they so were not enough for entertainments! On the greatest permission of the queen “ family “ returns home. But Witt does not dissolve a marriage, as well as Yuzefin. Sofia 36, she has two children from Pototsky. It plays on two fronts: writes hypocritical letters in which assures of the love and fidelity of the husband, and goes to Uman not to lose Pototsky.
More than 2 - x one million zloties was necessary to pay Pototskoma for that 17 - the summer marriage union between Sofia and Jozef was terminated. Yuzefina still did not give the consent to divorce.
Having located in Tulchin (Ukraine) with the ladylove, Pototsky continued to satisfy all her whims. At this time also the well-known Umansky park in Sofia`s gift was conceived.
In 1798 Sofia gave birth to one more son - Alexander (subsequently he became mother`s favourite). And she still was not a lawful spouse of Pototsky...
However a situation was soon resolved, thanks to Pototsky and Yuzefina`s son Yury. The father and the son long time clashed as the last led a loose life, Sofia undertook to reconcile them, in exchange on the fact that Yury will persuade mother to agree to divorce. As a result of this arrangement, in 1798 it was finally terminated 23 - x summer marriage between Yuzefina and Pototsky. At last Dodo became countess Pototskaya! “ Newlyweds “ indulged in irrepressible fun and entertainments. In halls of their palace music, balls, masquerades, pleasure walks did not stop.
Soon Yuzefina died, and nobody learns what served as the real reason of her death.
Speak, love to “ fatal “ to the woman is stronger than love for the country. Pang Pototsky exchanged Poland for love to Sofia. From it friends turned away, in Warsaw damned it, ruin threatened. Stanislav was spiritually broken: contempt of society - it was not forgiven by treacheries. But it was not the most terrible in its destiny. The most terrible for it was ahead.
Perhaps Sofia really fell in love, or perhaps had just a good time... But its communication with the stepson, is younger than it for 16 years, Yury who was degraded by the sovereign Paul I and is sent from St. Petersburg for a loose way of life, - killed Stanislav Pototsky. His heart did not sustain Sofia`s treachery, before death he did not even want to say goodbye to it.
Whether the widow regretted? Hardly. It goes to St. Petersburg where senator N. N. Novoseltsev, the count Uvarov, Speransky, Stroganov, Chartoryysky, the British ambassador Hamilton strikes up acquaintances to many men of weight which give her all help in its affairs, especially - and it is not the full list of those with whom Sofia spends time.
Yury died in 1809 of a venereal disease, tuberculosis and rheumatism. His death was slow and terrible.
The countess Pototskaya, probably, feeling repentance, does charity work. But it does not rescue it from a painful fatal illness (a uterus cancer). Doctors of St. Petersburg, Berlin tried to rescue it, but all is vain. At the end of 1822 Sofia Pototskaya died.
Of what she thought, lying on the deathbed? About the cheerful carefree life? About the dead even in infancy children? About the beloved? Or about those which cause of death it is free or involuntarily it became: Lyasopolsky`s wife, Jozef Witt`s mother, Yuzefina Pototskaya, Stanislav Pototsky... Who knows
. But we will remember that hour will come, and will show all of us the account for all our sins...