One evening in autumn, his faithful companion in the struggle, Theodore Kolokotronis, convinced him to take a walk out of the city. A few others were with them, unknown to us, since he didn’t name them in his writings. The group tried to cheer the governor up. Kolokotronis always had some funny story or anecdote to tell. He listened to them, smiled bitterly but didn’t say a word. In the distance they saw an old man sitting down. Kolokotronis recognized him with his eagle eyes, “It’s the old man who knows the future!” he cried out. He ran there first and asked him a few questions. The “old seer” answered him. Everyone took turns asking questions. The governor stood quietly nearby. Kolokotronis came to him and said, “Governor, ask the old man a question!”

He looked at him questioningly. He did not believe in fortune tellers, but he didn’t want to disappoint Kolokotronis. He came to the old man: “Grandfather, I want you to tell me if I’ll ever see my beloved again before I die!” He looked at him lost in thought and worry.

“No governor because you will die!”

Everyone froze in his tracks. The group returned to the city in silence.

More about Papoulakos here.

The story is about Governor John Kapodistrias, first governor of Modern Greece.

From the book by Helen Koukkou John A. Kapodistrias – Roxandra S. Stourtza, an Unfulfilled Love.


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