THE STUFF OF LEGENDS
I will tell you a story that Hungarian lore maintains as the golden truth.
Hungary has always been a landlocked country, with its only connection to a body of water, a small lake called Balaton. Yet the 5-year-old Miklos declared to his parents that he was born to be an Admiral. This proved to be a mistake, as they became so concerned by his frequent reference to the Admiralty, that in desperation they consulted a psychiatrist.
He easily and effectively converted Dr. Dumkenkopf to his point of view. He justified his reasoning so soundly, that as you will soon see, he gained along term ally. The good doctoral ready believed in reincarnation.
Dr. Dumkenkopf believed him, but was nevertheless troubled by his young patient’s aspiration. Lake Balaton was never likely to be bigger then a puddle, therefore never to be home to a flotilla of battle ships.
If no fleet no Admiral. Their doctor patient relationship continued as Miklos often despaired. Then one day everything changed when he met and fell in love with the beautiful ballerina Ludmilla von Mahler.
What now is a historical fact is that Miklos Horthy de Nagybanya be came Regent of the Kingdom of Hungary, in full power as its acting political head. When he declared himself Admiral at large wearing full sea regalia not an eyebrow was raised. His poor parents never witnessed his triumph, as by then they were confined to a sanatorium for nervous exhaustion. Miklos reigned supreme, still without a flotilla, but with his
Hungary and Miklos grew old together, and for all we know in a happy ever after.
As whispered by an unidentified meddler to
Valerie von Sobel