"Encouragement, A Regency Tale of Love and Romance",
Ch. 20 (PG-13): Providence and Fate,
December 04, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Blog Post #1010)

(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: Richard Armitage as Lord Christian Blount Earl of Sussex, Kate Winslet and Emma Lady Hamilton as Lady Madeline Lucretia Sinclair, Dame Maggie Smith as Lady Lucretia Beckham Knott, Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Elizabeth Blount, Crispin Bonham-Carter as Lord Harold Blount, Dame Judi Dench as Lady Catherine Blount the Dowager Countess of Sussex, Rupert Penry Jones as Lord Duncan the Viscount Lindsay, Corin Redgrave as Squire Sutton Sinclair, Amanda Root as Mrs. Russell, Hugh Griffith as Lord Christian's solicitor Mr. Rittenhouse, 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: Christian Lord Sussex vehemently objected to his younger sister Lady Elizabeth's suitor Lord Duncan the Viscount Lindsay—on the basis of Lord Duncan already being pledged to another by the Ducal Fathers' pact. So much so that that he imperiled his betrothal to his intended Lady Madeline Sinclair when she objected to Lord Christian's high handedness. But after much calming down—for both Christian Lord Sussex's overbearing nature and Lady Madeline's monthly fits of impatience and wrath—the betrothed couple mend their rift and still plan to be wed this coming Friday, February 23rd. Assuming, that is, that nothing else happens.

"Encouragement, A Regency Tale of Love and Romance", Ch. 20 (PG-13): Providence and Fate

The next day after the almost cataclysmic disagreement between Christian Lord Sussex and his betrothed Lady Madeline about his being overbearing to his sister Lady Elizabeth about her choice of suitor—Lord Duncan the Viscount Lindsay—that almost ended the Lady Madeline's and Lord Christian's betrothal, he wisely personally delivers a nosegay and a small love note to the Knott London Townhome. Though it was too early for Lady Madeline to have risen—especially these days, when she is generally in such ill humor—her Grandmama Lady Knott promised to convey both to her. Which Lord Christian thanks her for, then leaves to begin his busy day only three days before his wedding to Lady Madeline.

Though Lord Christian is sent on a commission to buy his Grandmother Lady Catherine, Dowager Countess of Sussex a packet of herbal tea from the apothecary to soothe her headache, Lord Christian Blount—the present Earl of Sussex, him having succeeded his Grandfather due to his father's early death—makes a detour to his solicitor to ascertain the state of the family's finances and how long they can hold on until his planned return from their wedding trip with Lady Madeline, two weeks hence to formalize her dowry transfer.

The façade of the three story stone building is weathered with age. What had been glistening light grey stone in its genesis is now soot darkened with time and the elements. However upon entering the old and distinguished law firm of Rittenhouse and Bean, Lord Christian finds that its interior furnishings have been kept up such that its sage green velvet draperies are merely twenty years old and in good condition—despite a few moth encroachments and the natural wear and tear from beating the dust out of them over the years.

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