Horse racing, strange hats and an unpleasant etiquette. Martina did not want it all. She let her dreamy look fall from the schoolroom of the boarding school to the green meadows. Why not Spain? Or Monaco? Why could not she marry one of the houses that lay in warm countries? But only the weekend before her father had published her plans. The English nobility could do much more for the success of their own company. This maintained links to the UK, so a wedding would be much more rewarding. Moreover, the father did not think of the dissolute life in many other European nobility families.
Martina could not do much with these wishes. They were disgusting to her. Until recently, she had not believed that her father would be very attached to the plans. But now she was unmistakably clear. In his unyielding manner he had told her. Short and concise, no condolences. A suitable bridegroom should be sought for her. Just as young and promising as herself. Who was he? Had she been able to get to know him at one of the countless family meetings? There is teeming with some of the boys who took an important part because they came from the nobility. But none of them wanted so far.
A short view of the board, then Martina let her gaze wander through the classroom. Only children from high-income houses were sitting here. But their future was unlike theirs open. They met their partners at parties, drove with them on holiday, fell in love and married in the normal way. She wanted that too. And yet she was denied it. Probably somewhere in an English boarding school the boy was sitting, which she was soon to marry. Here she saw the offspring of actors, manufacturers, and professors. Young people like them. Only without an aristocracy, at least without any meaning. Quickly she turned to the blackboard.
Clearly, what the teacher wanted to express with her mathematical formulas would also work at the wedding. Two parts, no matter where, can be assembled under certain conditions. The planned wedding had nothing to do with romance. She did not dispel the charms of princes and palaces, of crowns, and of a subordinate people. It pursued other purposes. It was Martina who understood. The father's company would benefit. That is the point. She was born aristocratically and so she would marry one day. Thus she had been brought up, and she added to this will. Martina wrote the tasks to the magazine and solved them.