To chose a member of the Fair Sex as Ambassador to the Presipality reveals tact, taste and sagacity. The wisdom of this choice indeed goes deeper than it appears at first. While greatly appreciating many aspects of Monte-Cristan culture, such as the lack of any sexism / machism, foreign women are generally less... mesmerized (and thus made easily influenced) by the atmosphere.
In truth Prince Geoffrey is blessed to have such a sagacious and subtle Counsellor. Unfortunately, when… overexcited His Highness sometimes turns deaf to the voice of Reason.
The timely arrival of the Ambassadrix provides the Palace with an opportunity to prolong the series of subsidied performances, free public concerts, public and private feasts, and banquets organized for the Royal Tourists. Lady Patronelle comes just in time to be the Honour Guest of Victoria’s Secret’, the annual ‘catwalk’ runway show of Victoria Aubade-Chantelle, our famous Lingerie de Haute Couture fashion designer and a Monte-Cristan ambassador in her own way.
A few small-minded ones may point out that the real name of Lady Patronelle is ‘Danis’: a commoner name. The point is meaningless here, so-called ‘blue’ blood doesn’t count much («less than a rabbit’s fart», according to the traditional phrase) for Monte-Cristans - and for us all Daughters of Venus are noble. The spelling is to honour the Lady in the eyes of those foreigners harboring such archaic prejudices. As is the Countess coat-of-arms («Argent, a scorpion sable» - suggested, it is said, by the ‘Service’ to cock a snook at Milady de Winter) granted her by our College d’Heraldique.