She was one of the Nereids, and distinguishable from the others only by her queenly attributes.
queenly role that Alva envisaged for herself, and also the Vanderbilt servants in livery.
Her own life was by choice, and as far as her position would admit, one of almost austere simplicity and homeliness; and her subjects were proud of a royalty which involved none of the mischiefs of caprice or ostentation, but set an example alike of motherly sympathy and of queenly dignity.
However, they perfectly complemented the queenly role that Alva envisaged for herself, and also the Vanderbilt servants in livery.
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