Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell, Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia - Part 2: The Khatun, Chapters 33, 34, 35 and 36 Summary & Analysis

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Part 2: The Khatun, Chapters 33, 34, 35 and 36 Summary and Analysis

With King Faisal established now on the Iraqi throne, Gertrude turns her attention to romantic thoughts of Kinahan Cornwallis, Personal Adviser to the King and Chief Adviser in the Ministry of the Interior. The king becomes their mutual interest and a perfect opportunity to initiate flirtations as the pair spends much time together in both business and social situations.

The next chapter finds the new Iraqi government floundering with Ministers resigning and King Faisal floating along and ignoring British advice. Gertrude manages to retain influence with the king but worries that the day is rapidly approaching when that will not be the case. Gertrude and Kinahan find every possible opportunity to spend time together while also serving King Faisal. Gertrude also assumes the position of Director of Antiquities in preparation for the establishment...

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