Larger context for LACK in Corpus USbrown_UKbncw/US_brown.txt
During a sojourn of slightly more than three months Chamberlain Littlepage sould see action on both elements.
As his second in command The Prince had Marshal Repnin, one-time Ambassador to Poland.
Repnin, who had a rather narrow face, longish nose, high forehead, and arching brows, looked like a quizzical Mephistopheles.
Some people thought he lacked both ability and character, but most agreed that he was noble in appearance and, for a Russian, humane.
The Marshal came to know Littlepage quite well.
At General Headquarters the newcomer in turn got to know others.
There was the Neapolitan, Ribas, a capable conniver whose father had been a blacksmith but who had fawned his way up the ladder of Catherine's and Potemkin's favor till he was now a brigadier (and would one day be the daggerman designated to do in Czar Paul 1,, after traveling all the way to Naples to procure just the right stiletto).
Then there were the distinguished foreign volunteers.
Representing the Emperor were the Prince de Ligne, still as impetuous as a youth of twenty; and General the Count Pallavicini, founder of the Austrian branch of that celebrated Italian house, a courtier Littlepage could have met at Madrid in December, 1780.
From Milan came the young Chevalier de Litta, an officer in the service of Malta.