Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the elder and ducal branch of the Saxon house which descended from Ernest (German Ernst), Elector of Saxony (1441–86), who in 1485 divided with his younger brother Albert the territories ruled by them in common. The Ernestine and Albertine lines thus founded still continue. The latter wrested the electoral title from the former in 1547, and became the royal house of Saxony in 1806. The Ernestine line now holds the grand duchy of Saxe-Weimar and the duchies of Saxe-Meiningen, Saxe-Altenburg, and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
“Ernestine, "he whispered -- breathing into her name all that was in his heart --" _Ernestine! _ ”
“I say, because '– Vida nodded at Lord Borrodaile –' you must know Ernestine is a beguiler. ”
“When Ernestine is ready to begin she stands up on that chair, in the open street and, as if she were doing the most natural thing in the world, she begins ringing that dinner bell.”
“As small girls, we were playing with these cans," recalled Ernestine Gopher.”
“It was highly refreshing to think those Government blokes couldn't take in Ernestine.”
“Ernestine," he began, "do you ever think much about the _oneness_ of the world?”
“Ernestine," he whispered, dwelling long upon the name, his voice a voice of wonder, "you did that -- for me?”
“Ernestine," -- with an affectionate little laugh -- "is there _anything_ you don't understand?”
“Ernestine," he said, in a low voice -- there was something not just natural in Karl's voice, a tiredness, a something gone from it -- "will you do something for me?”
“Ernestine," he said again, gently, laying his hand upon her shaking shoulder.”
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