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Elektra and General Mattila are making a deal to free Teodora. One condition Mattila presents is that Teodora abdicate in favor of Elektra. Teodora can’t figure out how this benefits Mattila, until she hears that Elektra has married Mattila’s son Jozef. Teodora is speaking:
“Elektra may not be everything I’ve hoped for in an heir, but she’s not stupid enough to want to marry your son. I’ll have the marriage annulled at the first opportunity.”
Elektra opened her mouth, frowned, then shut it again. Teodora really didn’t know what was wrong with the girl.
“She won’t,” Mattila said, smiling, “the archduchess is expecting, so the marriage has clearly been consummated. In fact, I think Elektra is rather taken with her husband; aren’t you?” she turned to Elektra, still smiling.
“I’d like to talk to my mother alone,” Elektra said, though Teodora couldn’t think why. That her daughter was married and pregnant was beyond imagining. And by Jozef Mattila, of all stupid idiots. Teodora would have to worry about feeble-minded grandchildren on top of everything else.