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I am about my correspondence one morn when comes Hector to say Mrs D- K- is at the door, seems somewhat agitat’d, am I at home to her. Why, says I, send her in, and go desire coffee and any buns or so that Euphemia may have about.

Enters Mrs D- K- that indeed looks exceeding agitat’d. I wave her into a chair and go sit down vis-à-vis.

Arrives Celeste with coffee and some fruitcake.

I pour coffee and desire Mrs D- K- to help herself to cake.

Well, says I, what’s ado?

There is a silence and then she says, she scarce knows how to begin upon what has fallen out.

I put on my listening face.

'Twas only yesterday, she says, and yet - She takes a drink of coffee – I had gone out, she goes on, about an errand for the old b---h, and as I came back thro’ the square, there was Lord K-, that goes about dogging my heels, and I am so weary’d by this pursuit that I went be very short with him and said somewhat about finding him underfoot wherever I go –

And he became very strange in manner, declar’d that he had offend’d me, was a wretch’d fellow should be punisht, I was in some concern he would make a publick spectacle by falling to his knees and begging forgiveness –

And I quite ran back to the house, in a considerable state, and arriv’d just as Captain C- was about to go out, for is us’d to go take a constitutional stroll in the Park at about that hour. He perceiv’d that I was in a considerable taking, and drew me aside into the small parlour, that was quite desert’d, to ask me what was ado, and whether some fellow had insult’d me. Sure I was in such upset that I commenc’d weep upon him and told him somewhat of how I am so beleagur’d by Lord K-'s attentions that I know not what to do.

So he rang for some tea, and made me sit down, and provid’d me with a handkerchief and said that has heard whispers that Lord K- has curious tastes and was in some concern whether he should go disclose the matter to me, or mayhap see could he discover more on the subject –

La, says I, is the cat out of the bag thus far, I will go say that has come to my knowledge that he is a patron of a certain lady not’d for the provision of special pleasures to gentlemen.

Oh, says Mrs D- K- with a somewhat bewilder’d look. But, as I became calmer, Captain C- said, he confid’d that the middle of the afternoon with the household in a bustle around us was not the time to discuss this business, and might we contrive to some occasion when we might be assur’d of a little privacy? So, we arrang’d that we might convoke at night after the old b---h was abed, and Sir B- and Lady W- would be out at a party.

And we therefore met together as had arrang’d, and –

She falls silent again and then says, o, what a very fine man he is. Said he was like to suppose that Lord K- was not like to make a wife happy, but indeed, sees that he is what is consider’d a very eligible match on account of his rank and position. Says he has come to great admiration for me, but consider’d that he is but an invalid’d officer, that is dependent upon his own efforts for a living, has an independence that would enable him live in reasonable comfort in Nova Scotia, but did not feel that he could offer -

So, she says, I know not how 'twas, but I felt myself able to ask him, had he not heard the gossip about me in my marriage?

And, she goes on, he spoke so very kind of what I must have suffer’d with such a wretch as my late husband, that none has a good word for, and should not like to see me make another marriage that might be equally unhappy tho’ he supposes Lord K-‘s defects considerable dissimilar. Dares say I might have come to an entire disinclination to marry at all, but, could I look on him with any liking, would be most delight’d to give me the protection of his name and a refuge in Nova Scotia.

She raises her head from where she has been gazing up upon her hands twisting together, and says, 'twas so decent, so honourable a proposal, that I felt I could not conceal the truth, and told him of how my husband’s death came about.

And o, he said that 'twas no more than the fellow deserv’d, and that he would hope that he would never put a wife into such desperation that she struck out blindly.

So, she says, the outcome is, that we purpose be marry’d and go there together, but we are both sensible that 'twould be prudent go about the business exceeding discreet.

I rise and go over to my pretty desk, and, concealing how I do so, open the secret drawer and take out the hatpin.

Here, says I, offering it to her, you may wish dispose of this yourself.

She looks upon it with a little shudder, and looks at me and says, might you do so, Lady B-?

I nod. I also desire her to consider me entire a confederate in making their plans for escape. Why, says I, perchance you might go stay in entire secrecy with Captain P- and his lady, that I apprehend are about gathering up the wherewithal for Captain C-'s purpost horse-farm, until such time as the two of you make take your passage to Halifax. (For Belinda knows a deal about having a bad husband.)

Might I so? she asks. For do I remain in Town I confide that Lord K- will still be about a-bothering me. And 'twill be hard to be about the W-s and not let anything slip as to how matters stand.

I say that I will write post-haste in the matter, and, sure, I wish her happy, Captain C- is an excellent fellow.

After she has gone – after sobbing a little upon my shoulder – I go at once to my desk to indite a letter on the matter to dear Belinda, sand it, seal it, and ring for Hector so that I may desire him to send Timothy at once to the post office. Sure I think this propos’d match will answer very well.

In the afternoon I go take my promist ride with the F- children in the Park, along with Milord that has desir’d accompany us. 'Tis the entire prettyest sight: Bess quite queenly upon Radegund, but holding very firm to the leading rein of Mouse, that my sweet Flora sits upon quite as if born to’t, and looks around at the company that is about, but minds where she is and that she should show attentive. I observe that there are some fellows that already mark Bess, that is become a fine well-grown girl.

Come trotting up to greet us Lady Louisa along with Em and Cousin Lalage, that says, are these all the F-s’ brood? At which Lady Louisa tells her that there is also Harry that is learning be an engineer in Leeds, and Bess goes say somewhat of how he does.

And then comes up to us Tom O-, that is still Bess’s devot’d boyish admirer, and there is some general exchange of gossip about how matters go among their dancing-class set. Milord shows an example of excellent ton by engaging Cousin Lalage in conversation, and she comes about to mind that Eddy and Geoff are ever speaking of him, and that is no doubt where they have had their manners polisht.

While all are engag’d in agreeable converse, Em brings Blackthorn up beside me and says in lower’d tones, might she come call upon me one morn? Indeed you may, says I.

We all return to R- House, where I have been bidden to come to family dinner the e’en, and I go to my fine reserv’d chamber where I have a change of clothes kept so that I need not go around in my riding-habit, and Williams comes along to assist me and to furbish up my hair &C.

I go along to the school-room, where I find Mrs L- alone about the task of marking lessons. She jumps up, saying, O, Lady B-, did not expect you here.

I wave to her to be seat’d again and say, just came by in order to give her these, that is cards for Mr L- and herself for my soirée.

O, Lady B-, she says, sure we could never have anticipat’d –

O, poo, says I, should have wisht to have invit’d Mr L- afore now, but consider’d that as he was not living in Town, might pose difficulties for him. And sure you have been about a deal in the scientifick set, and I have heard several of 'em speak very favourable of your columns conveying scientifick knowledge to the publick.

But – she continues.

Tush, says I, 'tis a free and easy occasion for my friends, among whom I hope I may include Mr L- and yourself?

O- ! she cries, blushing very pretty. 'Tis most exceeding kind.

'Twill be an entire pleasure to see you there, says I. O, hark? Is that Meg goes practise?

Mrs L- nods and I say I will just go have a word or two with her (for I have been askt to sound out how she considers this school proposition).

So I go to where Meg is very conscientious undertaking exercizes, and say, how now, and how do matters with her?

O, she says, has Mama told you this notion that I should be sent away to school?

La, says I, I do not think 'tis a matter of sending, but ‘twas thought you might like it.

She looks at me with a little quiver of the mouth and says, 'tis not to get me out of the way while Bess makes her come-out?

O, poo, says I. I daresay there may be some thought that Mrs L- now has a deal on her hands with the nursery-set – Meg nods – and that you might find it agreeable to be somewhere where you are not the middle F- sister but Meg F- in her own right.

She jumps up from the piano-stool and comes hug me. 'Twould indeed be so, she says.

Date: 2017-05-08 09:27 am (UTC)
aella_irene: (Default)
From: [personal profile] aella_irene
O! Mrs D- K-, or, as we might soon call her Mrs C, I am So Pleas'd.

Date: 2017-05-08 10:11 am (UTC)
rymenhild: Manuscript page from British Library MS Harley 913 (Default)
From: [personal profile] rymenhild
Yes! She doesn't need or want a high position in Society. She can settle in Nova Scotia with a good man and some horses. Lovely.

Date: 2017-05-08 10:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nineveh_uk
Moreover, we can feel some confidence in the outcome of the match, as they have both seen one another a fair bit in a not entirely harmonious household.

Date: 2017-05-08 10:18 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
OMG, go Mrs D-K! And sure in Nova Scotia, she might be quite safe from any lingering worry that her husband's death might still bring harm to her.

Lord K: Ack ack ack ack. I don't even have a mental picture of him but he is thoroughly repulsive.

Date: 2017-05-08 10:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] arkessian
Pathetic, perhaps. Can you imagine the conversations when/if he is married to the Lady Rosamund (especially after she has fathomed his nature).

"I have transgressed. You must chastise me."
"Please correct me!"

And, if he remains true to his nature, he could not raise a finger to make her do so.

I foresee a continued income stream for Mrs O'C; and a life with the consequence she so clearly deserves for Lady Rosamund (plus the education she so badly needs from Lady T.)

Will felicity be maximised by such a match? Not for Lady T., I fear.

Date: 2017-05-08 10:31 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
LOL, what is that old joke? The masochist says "Beat me, beat me!" and the sadist says, that's not how it goes.

Will felicity be maximised by such a match?

Well, there's that old saw about some marriages being best because only two people are made unhappy instead of four. Or more.

Date: 2017-05-09 10:20 pm (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: hatpin time! (Comfortable Courtesan hatpin)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
Yeah--I have met such men before (in other corners of the internets, mostly), who seem to feel that their desire to be under some woman's heel obligates women to engage with them in that way. I am one who is exceeding fond of submissive gentlemen on the whole, and I certainly have sympathy for not being able to get one's kinks met. But I am firmly of the persuasion that that doesn't absolve one of the responsibility to be a decent person, not encroaching upon prospective partners, and so on. My sympathy disappears at such behavior as Lord K- has shown. Stalking and public scenes! Ugh.

A case where seeing a pro domme is probably best for everyone, really. And Mrs D- K- is well shot of him!

Date: 2017-05-08 10:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] swingandswirl
O, how wonderful! I had hop'd for this very thing for Mrs D- K-, and I am thoroughly delighted it has come to pass.

And what is ado with dear Em, I wonder?

Date: 2017-05-08 11:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ankaret
I did not see this coming at all, though looking back I should have done, and am delighted for Mrs D- K-. I wonder who will end up being the dreadfull crocodile's next companion?

I do feel for poor Lord K-, who should not be creeping women out by trying to engineer scenes in public, but who otherwise seems to be doing his best under unhappy circumstances. Doesn't Lady B- know any women who would enjoy playing Cruel Enchantress Circe or whatever?

Maaaaaybe Lady Rosamund would be happier when she wasn't totally at the mercy of the marriage market and would like to (ahem) take the reins, but I can't see her getting on with Lord K-'s mother, or taking hints from Mrs O' C- either.

Date: 2017-05-08 01:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brokenallbroken
I wonder who will end up being the dreadfull crocodile's next companion?

I was wondering this.

Over the side of a ship in the middle of the ocean seems like an excellent way to dispose of a murder weapon.

Date: 2017-05-08 06:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kore
who should not be creeping women out by trying to engineer scenes in public

That is EXACTLY what was creeping me out about him, thank you.

(Imagine him on The Bachelor....)

Date: 2017-05-09 10:23 pm (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Madame Nemesis (Comfortable Courtesan Nemesis)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka

Like I said, I have sympathy for his situation, but it doesn't excuse his behaviour at ALL.

(And the public has not consented to your scene, dudebro!)

Date: 2017-05-10 04:25 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
I saw at least a couple of dudebros who thought it was just great to start whipping out their scenes, so to speak, during parties, altho they usually wanted to dom (LOLLLL) and the palpable will you shut up and put that away air in the room. (It was not a scene party. Just a regular party.)

Date: 2017-05-10 08:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
Oh man the domly dudes are The Worst. The sub-ly dudes are annoying because they don't seem to realize that getting off on women being in charge =/= actually respecting women, and there's a fascinating but maddening conflict there when the sub guys are hugely sexist irl, but the domly doms, oh boy. Haha. "Shut up and put that away!" is about right. LOL.

Date: 2017-05-08 11:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] annotated_em
*claps hands* How delightful for the soon-to-be-former Mrs. D- K-. One feels a bit badly for Lord K-, but if he hadn't been such a creeper... well. I'm sure Lady B- will contrive something on his account.

Date: 2017-05-08 03:32 pm (UTC)
guinevak: forest archway (Default)
From: [personal profile] guinevak
Sigh. Lord K, we ASK before involving people in our kink! ESPECIALLY in public.

But YAY for a happy outcome!

Date: 2017-05-08 06:45 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
OTOH his let-me-humiliate-you-by-making-you-humiliate-me-in-public schtick has already resulted in one good marriage! Altho I doubt he would like knowing his role in maximizing the felicitation of others.

Date: 2017-05-08 04:23 pm (UTC)
thatyourefuse: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thatyourefuse
... odds that Milord is going to end up marrying Cousin Lalage?

Date: 2017-05-08 04:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] adrian_turtle
I want to know how the four* of them can arrange a safe and happy, yet respectable-looking, family life.

*Milord, Sandy, Emily, Cousin Lalage.

Date: 2017-05-08 05:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thatyourefuse

Right? And I mean: that solution would have the great advantage of being just unlikely enough to present as a shocking love match. (Open to accusations of fortune-hunting on her side, one supposes, but somehow that seems less likely with Lady B et al on the case.)

Date: 2017-05-08 07:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rymenhild
It's not fortune hunting if Em marries Milord and Lalage marries Sandy. Em may not be among the wealthiest, but she is an Earl's daughter, so marrying an extremely wealthy Viscount would be appropriate. And Lalage and Sandy are just about the same class.

But I don't want the Ferrabys to leave the east wing if Milord has a Viscountess and an extremely practical vicar's daughter to manage the household, so let's see what happens.

Date: 2017-05-09 12:06 am (UTC)
guinevak: forest archway (Default)
From: [personal profile] guinevak
Double rainbow wedding!

Date: 2017-05-09 10:25 pm (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Reality has a homoerotic bias (@ homoerotic bias)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
This whole thread intrigues me!

Date: 2017-05-08 06:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] movingfinger
What has happened to my monitor? It's all smeary.

Date: 2017-05-08 10:06 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
What a change from when we first met Mrs D-K too -- which is another thing I really like about this series. A lot of people are not as bad as they might appear at first, they're allowed to change and grow.

Date: 2017-05-09 01:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] adrian_turtle
I know! Look at how well Viola turned out.

Date: 2017-05-09 10:25 pm (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: epistolary mathematickal flirtation...and a wombatt (Comfortable Courtesan epistolary)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
I've been thinking this exact thing.

Date: 2017-05-09 01:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] castiron
Awwww! What a happy situation for Mrs. D- K-!

Date: 2017-05-09 10:27 pm (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: silence to the death! (Comfortable Courtesan silence)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
I'm glad the secreted hatpin has finally been resolved! And yesss to this matrimonial arrangement!

Date: 2017-05-10 04:26 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Captain and Mrs C- can solemnly fling it into the ocean together as a symbol of what they leave behind on their start to a new life. Or did she just leave it with Mme C?

Date: 2017-05-10 08:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
I think she took it? Agree about dumping it in the ocean, too! And I love that she told him and he completely understood (his response! "I hope I'm never so awful that a woman has to flail around and try to fend me off!" awwww <3). He's a good egg. <3

Date: 2017-05-19 04:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brigdh
Aww, Mrs D- K-! I'm so happy for her. And how far she's come from when we first met her!
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