Georgette Heyer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 He came to her rescue, anxious to make amends for his previous ill-humour. You were so kind as to invite Lydia to town to see all the lions go in procession to be fed. I think you said your father could procure a window for us. Has he done so?
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Georgette Heyer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 He came to her rescue, anxious to make amends for his previous ill-humour. You were so kind as to invite Lydia to town to see all the lions go in procession to be fed. I think you said your father could procure a window for us.
Has he done so? Lydia will be thrown into transports! I had a letter from Lydia yesterday. So Lydia comes to us?
She laughed, but shook her head. Do you think it would answer? Pray, why should you be expected to spare your dresser? I should think not indeed!
It will be the most delightful thing imaginable, to have her company, and to take her to see the sights! Do, pray, let me offer to send Martha! She saw Martha when we were at Fontley, so she will know that Lydia will be perfectly safe in her care. The Dowager, replying with the utmost graciousness to her letter, could not reconcile it with her conscience to permit her young and inexperienced daughter to face the hazards of travel without male protection.
Only a mother, she added, could enter into her sentiments, or appreciate how much it cost her to be obliged to deny her dearest child the offered treat. Depend upon it, this is nothing more nor less than a determination to keep Lydia dancing attendance on her. It is too bad! Am I to go down to Bath to fetch her? Is that what you wish? What a bore! No doubt it will be best to take her by surprise.
Mr Chawleigh took a hand in the affair. Try me! They were too strong: he gave a gasp, and burst into laughter. Oh, if only I were there to see it! From what I know of your father I confidently expect to see Lydia within the week!
Here I am! Oh, Jenny, there you are! I do think your papa is the kindest person in the world! Mr Chawleigh, Mr Chawleigh, come up, pray! They are both here! How do you do, sir? I am very much obliged to you! You should know her better! Fetch up the sherry, Kinver! As good as ever twanged, she is. Ay, and a real pleasure it is to set her down to a nuncheon! Did you — did you find it hard to persuade my mother? There was never anything like it! Though I must own that the lobsters helped.
They were in a rush basket, and one of them kept trying to climb out. Well, you know what Mama is, Adam! And then Mr Chawleigh mended the handle on the drawing-room door. It has been most troublesome, but he said he could set it to rights in a trice, if we had a screwdriver. Particularly when he came back, and read her a scold about the damper in the stove. He said it was being quite wrongly used, and told her exactly how it should be. And this I will say: she behaved beautifully, and even invited him to stay to dine with us, which was truly noble of her!
And though she said nothing would prevail upon her to let me go with him, she did let me, because she was persuaded she would have one of her worst spasms if she had to see him again! It seemed to him a great piece of nonsense that she could not go with her brother and sister to parties, and he was much inclined to take Jenny to task for not presenting her at Court immediately. She has so much zest, besides being full of drollery!
As for amusing, I think you very amusing, Jenny! Did you ever? Still, there will be plenty more to look at, I daresay. She was attired in black velvet, with a black wig on her head, supporting a diamond tiara, and she presented such a striking figure that she attracted the attention of nearly everyone but her Royal husband.
The anthem ended; and as the Grassini, whose rich contralto voice had led it, curtsied deeply to the Royal box, a storm of clapping broke out in the pit. It was directed pointedly at the Princess, but she took her seat without making any acknowledgement, only smiling wryly, and saying something to one of her suite.
The Regent, meanwhile, had been applauding the Grassini, but the prolonged clapping made him turn, and bow graciously — but whether he bowed to the audience or to his wife was a question hotly argued but never decided.
Before starting work on it, Heyer wrote to a friend that she wanted to write a new kind of novel that would be neither farcical nor adventurous. Kloester p To be honest with you, I do not want to write this book. Or any other book. All of this means that Adam cannot marry his beloved, Julia Oversley. In order to save the family estate, Adam agrees to contract a marriage of convenience with plain and practical Jenny, daughter of the fabulously wealthy but vulgar merchant, Jonathan Chawleigh, who wants his daughter to achieve the social status that marriage into an aristocratic family will bring.
A Civil Contract
Georgette Heyer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Mr Wimmering looked rather struck. Well, never mind! In a flash of enlightenment he had recognized his late patron in the present Viscount, and his heart sank like a plummet. He shuddered to recall the number of times the Fifth Viscount had yielded to the compulsion of an inner and too often lying voice, how many times he had been confident that his luck had changed.