While the younger Trenk played a lively role in the diplomatic and love intrigues of the Russian court, the older Trenk ended his restless life in the Spielberg prison. His death was also a terrible comedy: designed with demonic evil in such a way that it would remain a continuation so that his soul could still laugh at the torments of those who followed him, clutching at his tombstone.
He first made a regular will in which (with the consent of the Queen) he named his dear nephew as his general heir for all his secular possessions. (He failed to kill the assassins.)
When his will was ready, he laughed and said to the prison warden, Kottulinszky:
“Well, I’m going to die happily now, because I’ve taken care of my brother so that I can get annoyed and mortified even after I’m dead.”
Then he converted, took on a dress of friends; – who is complete -285-he was an atheist in his life, robbing churches, torturing priests: – he became merciful at the same time; he prophesied the day and hour of his death, he called a confessor; one day he was poisoned with aqua toffana, the next day himself. That there may be yet another laugh of his soul from thence to the top of the grave: that the people may make a pilgrimage to him as a miracle-working saint.
So Ferencz Trenk wrote his hellish comedy, all that was left was for the hero to play for whom the title role was written.
The Viennese court chancellery sent Trenk’s will to Moscow with a summons for the legatee to occupy the abandoned estate.
It was well known to Frederick Trenk that the law of every country required that a landowner be called his property only by naturalization; whoever wants to be a landlord in Hungary must also be a Hungarian nobleman. Consequently, he must leave there a bright Russian career, an exciting share in high politics, huge patrons and even more powerful patrons, enjoyable adventures. To exchange Moscow with Vienna. And he already knew Vienna so much that he could find nothing to love in it. The fate of his uncle may have been quite a frightening example before him. He knew how many curses lay on his uncle’s inherited estate! Although you didn’t know how many processes involved with it yet?
At first, he rejected the whole legacy. However, Lord Hyndtforth and Mr. Bernes urged him until he set his head to accept it.
A million inheritance! Plenty of treasure! Finished pile of money! Three large estates, castles in Hungary.
Lord Hyndtforth won by reviving the desire for freedom in Frederick. Hungary is the home of ancient freedom, like England, where the Hungarian noble is protected by the primæ nonus. The Hungarian noble little king in his castle!-286-While, on the other hand, the tallest statesman in the great Russian empire, not even the richest, is not protected from being sent to the place of loss, to the cloister, by an intrigue, a whimsical whim: under his pitcher, then to Siberia. Behold, she, too, had already been told — not in a judgmental way — of the wrath of a jealous husband to wander there, and only her feminine hair had her misfortune.
That decided. Frigyes accepted the edict of the Hungarian court chancellery and applied for her dismissal from the Empress.
The Empress also wanted to fire her hard, but she was still the other queen! He was tied up with hugging arms, soldered by hot kisses, yet he could break himself. He promised to come back. The beautiful Anna presented her with a medallion set with diamonds, a miniature portrait, and a gemstone box. Snuff was fashionable for ladies and young gentlemen.
And when he was gone, a certain banker visited St. Petersburg, who handed him a letter, which the chancellor wrote to him in farewell. The letter was accompanied by a bill of exchange for four thousand rubles. He sent this to the departing favorite at travel cost. He kissed the letter and hid it in his bosom, and sent it back with four thousand rubles.
He had enough money, donations from beautiful women, tall ladies.
He carried with him four apprentices: his two horsemen, Janko and Branko, then a Muscat hunter and a Kalimm carriage. He didn’t need all of these, though, because he was traveling on a boat.
He first went to Stockholm, where the Queen was very welcome. She was King Frederick’s youngest sister. He knew Trenk well. At his wedding, he was the royal bride’s companion at the head of the noble, honorable team. He must have known the young man well through Princess Amalia.
He is warned not to spend much time -287-In Stockholm, because that would find an unpleasant friction with the Berlin court.
From there he traveled to Copenhagen: there he also found an old good buddy to help out of his misery. Then on to Holland, on a grain ship.
Along the way, the storm pulled them out, the ship lost its watch and its trunk, and it was good luck to be able to anchor in front of the Gothenburg rocks.
The storm held the ship there for nine days.
During this, Frederick amused himself by planting his four ducklings in the ship’s rudder and wandering among the rocks, catching crayfish and cod with nets, harpoons, shooting wild geese, carrying them home to the ship and sharing them with the sailors.
Those rocky islands were inhabited by people: men engaged in fishing, women engaged in farming. They had a bad harvest this year. The islanders struggled with hunger.
Frigyes Trenk then bought some hundred sacks of rye from the shipowner and carried it with his braid to the rocks and distributed it among the islanders. This is also one of the noble passions.
There was even a church on a larger rock island. The priest also suffered as much as his people. Frederick also gave him a few hundred forints, the amount he had never seen in his life.
The blessed chanting of the comforted wretched sounded after him.
It seems, however, that the storm ignores such expressions of gratitude because, on his return to the ship, he attacked his raft with such an assault that he turned it upside down.
Frigyes Trenk could only thank Jankó’s butler for not getting lost in the waves. This pulled him out of a rock by the hand.
But the Russian hunter and their carriage drowned in the sea. They couldn’t swim.-288-
Frederick also became ill and was neither alive nor dead for a few days. Until finally, on the fifteenth day, the ship arrived lucky under Amsterdam. “Well, traveling at sea was a perfect pleasure then.”
Why did Frederick Trenk take this big tour through Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam to Vienna? its solution can only be invented in the youthful desire for adventure and squabbling. Along the way, wasted seas wasted money, drank seawater, got seasick, but learned nothing clever.
He also had a few unnecessary adventures: he cut off the right hand of a famous fighting cet fisherman and, by a vague gentleman he had generously treated, allowed himself to be stolen bitterly. It would have been better if he had treated the czet fisherman and cut off the industrial knight.
Finally, after the Great Odyssea, circling half of Europe, he reached Vienna.
Her first thing was to ask for an audience with the queen. Maria Theresa received it very graciously and was aware that she was adding her highest consent to occupy the legacy of her uncle Frigyes Trenk, for the settlement of which a delegatum judicium had been sent.
Frederick thought he would be in Vienna as he was in Moscow. You just have to show yourself to him and with that all people will surrender to him. All the more so because you can perform here as a real Hungarian magnate, the heir of three estates and a famous treasury.
But his pride was greatly dashed by the chairman of Trenk’s forensic committee, who made him aware of the situation. First of all, the glorified testator left legatums in excess of eighty thousand forints for all sorts of merciful targets that cause a strong decline in his treasury; and then no less than sixty-three proceedings are instituted against the estate, until which the inheritance is not released, and if the plaintiffs’ claims prevail, the entire treasury is emptied to the bottom.-289-
It was the pastime that Ferencz Trenk could laugh so good even an hour before his death. What a picture my brother will take when he learns that he has to stand up to sixty-three lawsuits and, like the persecuted bear, has to defend himself against a whole pack of wear.
One million forints of heritage – with sixty-three procurers!
His very first thought was to throw the whole legacy at the foot of the tribunal and run from Europe to East India! – And that was a healthy thought! Although he would have stayed by it. There could have been a viceroy there.
But unfortunately, just then, his good friend from Moscow, Ambassador Bernes, who had business in Milan, arrived in Vienna. He again assured him that he would only accept the will of his brother Ferencz, as it is, for the time being; then he speaks to the Queen and frees Frederick from this awkward situation. He even went up to the yard and returned with the best promises. Then Frederick calmed down. Mr. Bernes promised him that as he returned from Vienna to Milan, he would go straight to the liberation of the Trenk Mass and not return to Moscow until he registered his young friend in the estates of Pakrat, Petrovac, and Pleternitz.
Then Frigyes only asked for Ferencz’s will, which he had not seen before.
Here came the new surprises.
The tradition of Ferencz Trenk was subject to three conditions.
The first is for the general heir to convert to the Roman Catholic faith. (The Trenkes were Lutherans.)
The second is to serve only as the Austrian monarchy.
The third is to turn all your wealth into an inalienable trust.
These conditions have weighed on the legacy of millions even more heavily than the sixty-three processes.-290-
And Frederick once again opened the way for the offspring of his good fortune to escape this labyrinth.
Barely Mr. Bernes had left Vienna, when Frederick met the Prussian ambassador on the evening of the Ambassador of Palatinate, who summoned him to a window with gentle gentleness and began to speak before him about King Frederick’s changed temper for Trenk. The ambassador took out all his persuasive talents to persuade Frederick to return to his homeland. He granted him the amnesty of the king, bound his love for his homeland to his soul. Frederick remained adamant.
Then he spoke to his ambition. King Frederick will appoint him commander of a cavalry regiment; a bright military track opens up in front of him in his own homeland; while here you can wait in your new homeland, while you get stuck in an unnecessary place, you get stuck there. You can see from his brother’s example what the reward is for the merits he won on the battlefield in Austria. “It didn’t start Frederick either.”
He finally attacked the most sensitive part. He told her about his love. About his only love. About the guardian angel who still includes him in his prayers. – It didn’t even beat him!
That damn million kept his soul locked up.
Frederick refused the ambassador’s offer, the king’s mercy, and thereby openly confessed himself to the enemy of his homeland.
It was his biggest mistake and his biggest sin. On this broke his fate in the waist.
He himself admitted later and accumulated heavy self-accusations in his old age that at that time he did not accept this turn of destiny and made his whole youth and vitality nullified by it.
Because of a million!
But the executors of that million inheritance demanded that the condition of the will be enforced. First of all, the conversion to the Roman Catholic faith.-291-
Strange contradictions emerge in the character of Frederick Trenk. He was reluctant about this one.
He, who could deny his patriotism for the seduction of that one million, could ignore his ambition, could renounce his love; He couldn’t change his ecclesia. He could have been weak in three-quarters, strong in a quarter.
But that, nevertheless, because of this, not to lose that ghostly million, he made the joke of bribing a cappuccino to give him a certificate that he had passed into the bosom of the Catholic Church. And with that, he was quite exposed to formality. But such deception could not remain a secret. So then everyone hated him and chased him. Hypocrisy, the comedy pursued by the creed, is equally condemned by both parties. “With that, Frederick Trenk made Siberia around him in human hearts.”
And Ferencz Trenk’s mockery flew around him on his roads.
Didn’t this leprechaun take Mr. Bernes with the aqua toffana that killed him on his way to Italy? The dear brothers invented this way of friendly compromise: they poisoned him.
Bernes’ sudden death simultaneously deprived Frederick Trenk of his only true friend, who had influence in the court.
He was replaced by sixty-three enemies, the same number of litigants who attacked his inheritance, their insidious procrastinators, the bribed judges, the embezzling stewards, the deceitful industrial knights, to whom he had obtained the enemies of the zealous priests, the deaf-fearing court.
It really took the courage of a fairytale hero and the ease of a child for Frigyes Trenk to enter this cave of monsters.
Here he then slowly grew up into the hateful and ridiculous figure of what a Viennese perpetrator -292-it runs from door to door, to courts, dicasteries, chancelleries. He knocks, bangs, begs, swears, bribes Janitors and where he can’t get in, lurks at the gracious lord at the gate, grabs it, complains to the lord-fool about the unworthiness of the victim on the way, travels, allegals, replicates, appeals, concerts he quotes laws, scolds priests, courtiers, gets into the hands of the police, closes him, frees him, demands satisfaction, he doesn’t get it, he turns to grass and wood: everyone runs from him and closes a door-window when he sees it.
And during this time he also neglects himself in his outer attire, he no longer has a military uniform, he wears the cheapest civilian clothes, lest he come into conflict with the laws of the Kleiderordnung.
In this form, women have no luck either. It’s not even worth thinking about love adventures, because every day you have a term at some judge, if you don’t compare, you’re condemned in contumaciam. He can’t write poems now, before him the Hungarian Corpus juris: he learns it without a book, he’s more at home in the maze of the Tripartitum, edicts and curial decrees than a tabular fiscalis and even mortificates Viennese judges by fear of Hungarian law give them a prelection.
And he walks this infernal death dance for three years! He wastes three of his most beautiful years of his youth with litigation.
Miracles are finally happening. The lawsuits will be heard in three years. You can hardly believe it! Three years! Believe this infancy is a process out of life. During this time, our treasures were in his uncle’s home in the Slavonian castle, they were simply stolen. Every man who was sent there as a supervisor stole something from them. If there was a checker, the two of them stole. They left nothing there: they did a clean job. “Well, these treasures were robbed by Ferencz Trenk, the pandur leader himself, with a curse on them.” Let them run.-293-
Half a million there!
At last, however, the lords were just liberated. And they are worth a million, too. Their income went up to sixty thousand forints, even after the management of the time. You can even play gentleman out of this.
It was then, however, that higher jurists emerged. They said it wasn’t like that! Ferencz Trenk was able to testify his estates to his nephew; but as a stranger, it is not possible to occupy a property located in Hungary. The foreign heir belongs only to the monetary value of Trenk’s Hungarian and Slavonic estates.
The Queen, by a separate edict, ordered that the Trench Revolutions be sold.
They were also bought by the then royal person, Antal Grassalkovich, who was promoted to the rank of count in the same year, for one hundred and fifty thousand forints.
So the legacy of one and a half million shrank to one hundred and fifty thousand forints.
But if he had stopped here!
But then came the merciful institutes to whom he had left the glorified legates, who were soon satisfied.
After the operation, Frigyes Trenk still had sixty-six thousand forints left.
When he then wanted to touch the handle of the mad ax, he was made aware that this inherited sum would remain a commission of faith, according to the testament. Only Hungarians can take possession of a faith commission. Frederick still had to pay six thousand forints for the indigenate. “That’s what he should have started with if he hadn’t been so stubborn.”
So he came out of his great campaign of inheritance, broken and softened.
The queen, to apply balm to her aching wounds, appointed Frederick Trenk to the regiment of a Küririr captain.-294-
Frigyes Trenk thanked him graciously for the gracious donation, and by obtaining his uniform and the necessary paripas, he took his place in the close-up regiment, whose accommodation was there in the beautiful Hungarian Great Plain, in the town of Kecskemét.
There, after all, Frederick Trenk could feel quite happy. In addition to Hungarian hospitality, they were taken from one pigsty and guest to another. Housing, name day, emmaus did not fall without him. They also loved it very much. Although she didn’t get diamond cans from the beautiful ladies, she got better turtle liners.
And he would have done it wisely if, by achieving this beautiful goal of life, he had stayed with him and had not disturbed the water around him anymore.