But to her, the royal crû was very much like the private room. It said nothing. A neighbouring table was more eloquent. Among the people seated there was an imperial woman with an imperial manner, whom Cassy instantly recognised. She was prima donna, prima donna assoluta, and though Cassy did not know it nor would it have interested her if she had known dissoluta also. To be in her shoes!
"Violentia quorundam Medicorum adactus sum anno MDXXXVI, seu XXXVII, turpi conditione pacisci cum Collegio, sed ut dixi, postmodum dissoluta est, anno MDXXXIX et restitutus sum integrè." De Vita Propria, ch. xxxiii. p. 105. De Vita Propria, ch. xl. p. 133. He gives a long list of cases of his successful treatment in Opera, tom. i. p. 82.