What my brothers are too lily-livered to tell you, Colin said derisively, is that they are terrified of my mother.
Violet’s brow wrinkled as she fumbled for polite words. Well, I simply wouldn’t have guessed you’d be interested in either of them, that’s all. But if you are, she added, her face brightening considerably, then I shall surely invite the dowager countess over for tea. It’s the very least I can do.Benedict started to say something, then stopped when he saw that his mother was frowning yet again. What now? he asked. Oh, nothing, Violet said. Just that... well...
Spit it out, Mother.She smiled weakly. Just that I don’t particularly like the dowager countess. I’ve always found her rather cold and ambitious.Some would say you’re ambitious as well, Mother, Benedict pointed out.
Violet pulled a face. Of course I have great ambition that my children marry well and happily, but I am not the sort who’d marry her daughter off to a seventy-year-old man just because he was a duke!Did the dowager countess do that? Benedict couldn’t recall any seventy-year-old dukes making recent trips to the altar.
No, Violet admitted, but she would. Whereas I— Benedict bit back a smile as his mother pointed to herself with great flourish.
I would allow my children to marry paupers if it would bring them happiness.Anthony glanced over at Kate and felt his stomach drop down clear to his toes. Her lower leg was crooked and bent, and more than obviously broken. He swallowed convulsively, trying not to let his concern show. Legs could be set, but he’d also heard of men who’d lost limbs due to infection and bad medical care.
What’s wrong with my leg? Kate asked. It hurts, but—Oh, my God!She didn’t say anything, just looked at him with a sympathy that made his heart break.
I stayed with him throughout the night, he continued, turning slightly so that he would not have to look into her eyes. He was dead, of course, but I needed a little more time. I just sat beside him and watched his face. Another short burst of angry laughter escaped his lips. God, what a fool I was. I think I half expected him to open his eyes at any moment.I don’t think that’s foolish, Kate said softly. I’ve seen death, too. It’s hard to believe that someone is gone when he looks so normal and at peace.