The Duchess rather excelled at putting people down a notch, a whimsy it sometimes pleased her to indulge. And thus she commandeered her nephew Julian, Duke of Charlesworth into escorting the daughter of the bird-witted Mrs. Farnham to Dorsey. How could she have known that the ungainly Mrs. Farnham had a daughter as beautiful as the morning and with a spirit as clear as a brook?
And as it happened the Duchess' visit to Dorsey, with the London beauty, Evelina Pride, as her companion, coincided with that of the dashing Brandon Russell. A few hints from the Duchess helped Evelina overcome her shyness — a trait quite unknown in the elder lady's personality. Who could have foreseen what forces the good lady would marshal!, whether intentionally or not, as she steadied Cupid's shooting arm and helped ring out a two-part harmony of Regency Belles. Characters: Julian, Duke of Charlesworth and Miss Anne Farnham Mr. Brandon Russell and Evelina Pride
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