Last week Lord George found his observations of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet entertaining, particularly the lady of the house who was quite aghast at the amount of his bogus wager. We left with Mrs. Bennet speaking... "Ten pounds!" Mrs. Bennet gasped out loud, her hand fluttering to her chest. "You must have a great deal of money if you can bet such exorbitant amounts."
If only he were in this part of England for such a whimsical reason. While Mrs. Bennet nattered on about placing bets and how she'd heard that some of the men in the village were known to play cards for money, George mulled over the true reason he was in the vicinity of Hertfordshire.
After his dinner at White's with Max and the snide comment made by the Viscount Stanhope, George realized that the man Evangeline shot was non other than Stanhope's valet. He recollected the surprised expression on the valet's face when he first entered the room, which convinced George that his presence at Evangeline's home was not expected. As the valet died with that information there was a good possibility Stanhope was still in the dark about George's covert activities.
Then again, Stanhope might not be involved at all. Servants heard and saw the underbelly of London Society and a cunning one could use that information to upgrade their station in life. However, George was convinced the valet was not one to willingly get his hands dirty, which led him back to taking a closer look at Stanhope.
He planned to reconnoiter Stanhope's estate and see if anything, other than a very dead valet, pointed to his involvement with the French. Running over a beautiful young woman on the road was not part of the plan and with that one small diversion, his hope of remaining incognito had gone up in a plume of lavender scented smoke.Thank you for participating in this weekend writing exercise. Please feel free to leave a comment and don't forget to check out other author's selections for this weekend HERE.
This background information makes him even more of a hero for stopping to help her and spending so much time with her family.ReplyDelete
More interesting developments afoot here. Excellent excerpt!ReplyDelete
Great background info!ReplyDelete
You managed to reveal so much in this small excerpt. Very nicely written, Sue! :)ReplyDelete
Sue, your snippet is so well written. Thanks.ReplyDelete
Well done. Mrs. B. acts like the wager was much higher. I'd bet men of Lord George's station bet far more on cards or horse races. I love how you dribble out tidbits of info. So intriguing.ReplyDelete
Such a fascinating and intriguing excerpt, thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
He may not be able to remain incognito, but this may give him a better in with the family to learn the information he needs.ReplyDelete
Nice excerpt. You told us a lot.ReplyDelete
LOL - well at least it wasn't just any old smoke- lavender scented smoke is so much better.ReplyDelete
Ooh, lots of intrigue! If your plans are going to be destroyed, at least they might as well be destroyed by someone interesting. :DReplyDelete
I sense she is going to be more of a snare in his plans.ReplyDelete
Interesting snippet. I'm intrigued.ReplyDelete