Copenhagen was then a whirlpool of diplomatic intrigue, for George I.
A short way down the Rhine is the Bingerloch, a famous whirlpool, while about halfway between it and the town rises on a rock in the middle of the stream the Ml useturm (derived from Muserie, cannon), in which, according to legend, Archbishop Hatto II.
In this manner powerful and numerous armies have been sunk in that whirlpool of destruction, and not a soul has escaped."
Closed in by mountains it flows past Linz in an unbroken stream - below, it expands and divides into many arms until it reaches the famous whirlpool near Grein where its waters unite and flow on in one channel for 40 m., through mountains and narrow passes.
He felt that sooner or later he would have to re-enter that whirlpool of life, with its embarrassments and affairs to be straightened out, its accounts with stewards, quarrels, and intrigues, its ties, society, and with Sonya's love and his promise to her.