National Geographic : 1915 Jan
Photo by Emil P. Albrecht IN THE MARKET-PLACE: TER GOES hung thick with fruit. Like Jacqueline's story, Jacqueline's tree seems immortal and Goes does its best to keep both green. The poor old trunk, with its clefts and crannies, is carefully covered to protect it from weather. It has a patched-up look, as of a man with limbs in splints and on crutches; but feeble as it is, Goes rejoices in its possession, for is it not the tree which Jacqueline planted, and be neath whose shade she sat watching and waiting the coming of the knight who should set her free. Just how both tales can be credited is a little difficult. Jacqueline must have planted the tree in extreme infancy if she sat beneath its shade within 30 years; but then mulberry-trees grow rapidly, Zeeland soil is fertile, and why spoil a good story with too many questions? The knight came and she married him; but the fairy tale closes there, for the proper ending, "and they lived happily ever after," is wanting. "A bad promise is better broken than kept," the fair lady thought, when she married without ask ing consent of that cousin who had ex torted the pledge to do so and to whom, as a consequence, she forfeited her lands; but the broken promise and the new hus band (lid not bring the power or peace she craved, and freedom from sad mem ories was not hers for the asking. Poor disappointed Jacqueline found it only far from her dear Goes, in her tomb at The Hague.