Ch. 37 Epilogue: Our Loving Expectations

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"Expectations" (Book 2)--Ch. 37 Epilogue: Our Loving Expectations,
December 31, 2019 by Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1273)

(an original Regency romance copyrighted by Gratiana Lovelace, 2018 - 2019; all rights reserved); [(1) story cover art, left]

[As is my custom, from time to time I will illustrate my story with my ideal cast consisting of (in order of appearance/mention): Richard Armitage as Lord Christian Blount Earl of Sussex, Kate Winslet as Lady Madeline Sinclair Blount Countess of Sussex, 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, Corin Redgrave as Lady Madeline's father the Squire Sutton Sinclair, Amanda Root as Mrs. Russell her aunt, Rupert Penry Jones as Lord Duncan the Viscount Lindsay and the second son of the Duke of York, David Oakes as Lord Alfred the Marquess of Malten and the first born son and heir to the Duke of York, Emma Thompson as Lady Gwendolyn "Gwennie" Lindsay of York their sister; and Margaret Clunie as Lady Constance Knightsbridge daughter to the Duke and Duchess of Lancashire and betrothed of the late Lord Alfred; Hugh Grant as her brother Lord Robert Knightsbridge the Marquess of Wyre and the heir to the Duke of Lancashire, and others as noted.]

Author's story content and serializing scheduling notes: For the most part, my ratings for the chapters will be PG-13—for romantic interludes and dramatic moments. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with these ratings, then please do not read that chapter. This is my disclaimer. I hope that you enjoy this final chapter.

Ch. 37 Epilogue: Our Loving Expectations

Lady Madeline Blount the Countess of Sussex's Diary: "This is my Diary Entry #55, or #54. But to be safe, I'm labeling it #55. As you can tell, I have been infrequent in my journaling. But living one's life tends to take up most of our time.

It is the evening of December 31, 1816 and I feel like I should review the wonderful year that our extended family has experienced. So first my and my Dear husband Lord Christian's marriage in February 1816 and then in April discovering that we were to welcome our first child had quite engrossed us. And our Summer 1816 spent at the Sussex Hall country estate was glorious and filled with happy extended family wedding news that quite eclipsed my best intentions of diarying our lives.

My best friend and Blount/Sussex sister-in-law Lady Elizabeth was finally able to marry her longtime beloved Lord Duncan Viscount Lindsay of York—because his presumed to be dead brother Lord Alfred was found to be alive and returned to his wife of ten years Lady Constance (nee Knightsbridge of Lancashire) and their daughter Tamsin—which meant that Lord Duncan did not need to marry his sister-in-law as his parents wishes, afterall. Don't ask. The difficulties were quite convoluted.

Then most surprisingly, My dear husband Lord Christian Blount Earl of Sussex's formerly immature and irresponsible brother Lord Harold Blount happened again upon his long ago dream of love Lady Penelope who was in a loveless and abusive marriage in Paris—helping her to divorce the fiend, and they fell in love and he married her, also bringing her to Sussex Hall over the Summer, with her being newly enceinte. And finally, Lord Duncan's middle sister Lady Gwendolyn Lindsay of York was lately married at the end of Summer to Lord Robert Knightsbridge the Marquess of Wyre of Lancashire—which keeps all of the family relations and connections quite tidy.

And if the extended family marriages were not exhausting enough, what happens usually after marriage, occurred with all of us—with we ladies becoming pregnant and our children having been or will be born within six months of each other. And we hope that these cousins will remain as close to each other as we their parents are.

First, Lord Christian and my baby daughter Lady Eleanor Madeline Blount was born almost in the middle of the combined family weddings Reception in London in November 1816. The Ducal families kept putting back the date for the London Reception from September 1816 to accommodate each new pregnancy, thus putting me within a few weeks of my due date. Indeed, my water broke at the reception and My Dear husband Lord Christian spirited me back to our London home of Sussex House for the birth. Though I am told that my baby's birthing was not unusual—it was to me. Ten hours I suffered with birthing pains! But when they placed our little Lady Eleanor into my arms [(2) below]—after they had cleaned up both she and I, of course—I felt like it was all worth it. She is a darling—a most precious gift to we her parents. And we will cherish and nurture her throughout her life.

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