Dear Interested Parties,
Today’s topic: The Betrothal of G— St . V—, the Future M— of S—, Part 3
In my last post, I recounted the gist of an incriminatory, private conversation between G—St. V— and his (hopefully) soon-to-be-betrothed, Miss Do—a W—e, as overheard via that most ancient and beloved of all past times: Eavesdropping.
Now, I must admit I found the implications of their entire conversation to be delightfully delicious, unlike my colleagues, yet as expressed previously, such a compromising conversation was utterly inconvenient for my plans as I desired them to unfold. As such, I thought I’d have my hands full redirecting my contemporaries away from such delectable gossip…seeing as they, regrettably, also overheard the aforementioned conversation.
Alas, I should have had more faith, dear friends, in my pick for Lord St. V—‘s future bride, for she handled the potential architects of her downfall with absolute grace and aplomb.
Or, at least, quite a bit of pluck.
Shall I recount the events as they unfolded?
But of course.
First, let me set the scene:
I interrupted the decadently delightful conversation by bursting through the library door with overabundant flourish (my forte, you know), my contemporaries right on my heels. St. V— was rather unfortunately—or fortunately, depending on who you ask—disheveled: his jacket dusty, his collar droopy, his cravat loose…y (I had to). Miss W— was not much better, but then her appearance appeared in such a sorry state as a general rule.
Both were seated on a red, velvet settee, entertaining a rock of all things.
And both stood with alacrity upon my glorious entry, Miss W— stating the obvious (or not so obvious, depending): “It’s not what you think.”
Of course, it wasn’t.
To the women on my heels, I added, “Well, it’s clear there’s nothing to see here.”
The rest occurred as follows:
Lady Str—n, sputteringly: “Nothing to see here! I think we can all agree there is quite a lot to see here. Besides, I know what I heard.”
Lady Led—r, enquiringly, “I expect you are prepared to do the gentlemanly thing, St. V—?”
It should be noted: St. V— was not the least bit ruffled by her pointed question, yet before he could speak…
Miss W—, challenging…ly: “Of course, we’re not going to marry. We’ve done nothing wrong.”
Lady Led—r, accusingly: “We all heard you.”
Miss W—, arguably: “Did you now? And what, precisely, did you hear?”
Lady Led—r, blushing…ly: “A lady does not speak of such things. Besides, you know what you said…”
Miss W—, confidently: “Indeed. I do know. I was looking at Lord St. V—’s engraved rock, offering him a translation of its markings. What did you think I was doing?”
Lady Led—r, dismissively (and with a very unladylike snort): “That still doesn’t explain the state of your clothes.”
Miss W—, defiantly: “I rather don’t know what you mean Lady Led—r. Besides, I am thirty years of age…”
St. V—, idiotically: “You’re thirty?”
Miss W—, pointedly: “Do you have a problem with that?”
St. V—, fortunately: “No…”
Miss W—, self-assuredly: “As I was saying, I am thirty years of age: far too old to be forced into marriage for the sake of my nonexistent reputation. Especially given we’ve done nothing wrong.”
Lady Led—r and Lady Str—n, jealously: “Harrumph…”
Me, happily: “Ahem. You see? Nothing to see here at all. Now, I suggest you all run along before you miss the morning’s events. I’m sure my nephew has many activities planned for his guest to enjoy. You won’t want to miss a thing, I assure you.”
Miss W—, relieved…ly: “Thank God that’s over.” (Once everyone had left, of course.)
See? Perfect for G— St. V—, isn’t she?
Soon, dear readers, soon…
*Hums the wedding march*
Lady Harriett Ross
I’m just an old woman with opinions. On everything.