"Encouragement, A Regency Tale of Love and Romance", Ch. 7 (PG): Waltzing Apologia,
September 28, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #975)
(An original Regency romance copyrighted by Gratiana Lovelace; all rights reserved) [(1) story cover, left]
[From time to time, I will illustrate my story characters with: Emma Hamilton as Lady Madeline Sinclair, Richard Armitage as Lord Christian Blount Earl of Sussex, images of Emma Lady Hamilton as Lady Madeline Sinclair, Dame Maggie Smith as Lady Lucretia Beckham Knott, Polly Mabrey as Lady Elizabeth Blount, Crispin Bonham-Carter as Lord Harold Blount, Dame Judi Dench as Lady Catherine Blount the Dowager Countess of Sussex, and others as noted.]
Authors Content Note: "Encouragement" is a frothy love story with sometimes humorous and sometimes dramatic themes of love and relationships. It will mostly be at the PG and PG-13 movie levels. Specific chapters or passages may have a further rating of: D for dramatic emotions, and LS for love scenes that are tenderly sensuous and not explicit. And I will rate the chapters accordingly. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide for a chapter, then please do not read that chapter. This is my disclaimer. And as is my habit, I will summarize the previous chapter's events at the beginning of each chapter.
Author's recap from the previous chapter: Lady Madeline's and Lord Christian's early Saturday mornings began separately. But their paths will soon converge as he seeks to apologize for his appalling behavior toward her at her ball and then woo her to be his bride—for her dowry to have funds to dower his own sister, Lady Lizzie. Yet, that is not his only motivation, were he to examine his heart more closely. And Lady Madeline not thinking to aspire to a match that would make her a countess, instead focuses upon what her heart wants—the ends, of which, are one and the same.
"Encouragement", Ch. 7: Waltzing Apologia
Almost as soon as Lady Madeline and her Grandmama Lady Lucretia Beckham Knott arrive at Sussex House at Lord Christian's invitation, Lady Lizzie Blount quickly spirits Lady Madeline up the stairs to her bed chamber for a private chat. As they walk into Lady Lizzie's bed chamber—a suite of rooms really, with a sitting room, bed chamber, dressing room and bath—Lady Madeline notes the beautiful grand style of the room, while also noticing its fading grandeur in worn rugs and faded bed hangings.
Lady Madeline: Smiling diplomatically, Lady Madeline compliments her hostess. "Oh, Lizzie! This room is gorgeous! And so large! Do you ever get lost? Ha ha ha ha ha!"
Lady Lizzie: "Ha ha ha ha ha!" Lady Lizzie giggles with pride at the compliment. "It was my Grandmother's bed chamber while Grandfather Earl lived. But when he died, she removed herself to the Dowager Countess quarters, while she insisted that I take this larger room to enjoy until Christy marries. So I have not changed a thing, in her honor."
Lady Madeline: "Of course. How sweet." Lady Madeline smiles. Then a thought freezes Lady Madeline's countenance as her eyes dart glances around the sitting room.
Lady Lizzie: "Are you feeling unwell, Maddie? You look a bit flushed." She touches her friends arm in concern.
Lady Madeline: "I, well, I ... These are the Countess' apartments?" Lady Lizzie nods. "So that means ...." Lady Madeline can hardly speak for wondering which door leads to the Earl's apartments—to Lord Christian's sanctum sanctorum. Though she realizes that her youthful musings are running away with her. And her glancing gaze betrays her thoughts.
Lady Lizzie: "Yes. Christy's bed chamber suite connects to this one. Would you like to see it?" She asks sweetly, her not realizing the trembling emotions it is creating in Lady Madeline.
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"Encouragement" (Book 1), A Regency Love Story, by Gratiana Lovelace, 2016Historical Fiction
Lady Madeline Lucretia Sinclair's very proper maternal grandmother Lady Lucretia Beckham Knott advises her that all a gentleman needs from a lady to offer for her is a little encouragement from that lady. But then again, it is encouragement that a l...