By Count Henry Krasinski
Excerpt from Gonta: An ancient Drama, in 5 Acts
Gonta (living less than the safety of Mladanovicz), a courtier by means of nature, and talented with a lot acuteness of in tellest, contrived to insinuate himself into the great graces of his grasp, the Palatine Potocki who, hugely appreciating the valour and skills of his vassal, gave him the command of his Cossack troops. He additionally ameliorated his , enabled him to agreement an constructive marriage, and positioned him within the proprietary tenure of 2 villages for a hire virtually nominal. Gonta didn't firstly exhibit himself unworthy of his master's bounty, and looked to be actuated by way of a faithful attachment to his benefactor. As he perpetually lived in ideal concord with Mladanovicz, to whom he confided his sons and because the palatine's excessive opinion of him used to be day-by-day expanding, Gonta used to be entrusted with the command of the entire baronial or seignoral troops within the neigh bourhood and used to be caj oled, humoured, and ﬂattered, as constantly occurs in comparable conditions. Availing himself of the entire merits he loved, he won large in ﬂuence and nice attention within the Ukraine and have become the favorite of all of the Cossacks, over whose minds he had bought a strong ascendancy.
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