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Encouragement", Ch. 22 (PG-13, D): In Sickness and in Health, December 19, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1017) 

(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: After a lovely wedding and wedding celebration, Christian Lord Sussex escorts his new Countess, Lady Madeline, to their honeymoon destination—the one hour out of London located Sussex Family Hunting Lodge. However, it soon becomes apparent that Lady Madeline is very ill—and it is more than just her monthlies as she alternates between high fevers and low chills. Lord Christian is a bridegroom whose vows to love her "in sickness and in health" are being tested all too soon.

"Encouragement," A Regency Tale of Love and Romance—Ch. 22 (PG-13, D): In Sickness and in Health

Finding his new wife Lady Madeline intensely feverish after just lying down for nap in the afternoon on the cusp of their wedding night as they napped--and her not waking up-- Lord Christian pleadingly commands his wife's ladies maid to help her when he hops out of bed in distress and minimally covered in his thin fabric and short sleep pants to dash into the dressing room. Lord Christian is a bridegroom whose vows to love his wife "in sickness and in health" are being tested all too soon.

Lord Christian: "Trask! Your mistress is very ill! She has a high fever and is lethargic. I cannot wake her up! What can we do?"

Ladies Maid: "Oh My Lord Sussex! I was so afraid that she might take ill as she does. With such painful stomach cramping--though not usually with a fever. My Lady has forgotten about the dates, you see."

Lord Christian: "Dates? What have the dates to do with it? We must get her fever down! And perhaps call for a doctor."

Ladies Maid: "Aye, we need to cool her down. I know what to do. You need not worry." From time to time, Lady Madeline has taken ill with a fever over the years, and Trask had been the one to tend to her.

Lord Christian: "But I do worry. She is my wife, and my life!" He vows.

Ladies Maid: "We must pack her in cool water and ice in the bathtub to bring down her fever. Or better yet, use the snow from outside. It will not be as harsh to her skin as the ice would be—and we can place it about her head and neck more easily than ice in the tub. Then after she is cooled down, we must keep her warm when she gets the chills."

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