The Gamble

By Joan Wolf

Georgiana Newbury and her sister Anna are left penniless by way of the unexpected loss of life in their father--a felony who blackmailed 5 males for dishonest at playing cards (or on their wives). the one manner she will be able to now live on, and shop her sister, is to gamble herself at the dicy prospect of marriage. utilizing her father's blackmail records she compels Lord Winterdale to offer her through the relationship season in London. yet unknown to her, the previous Lord is dead--and the Winterdale Lordship has now handed to his younger nephew, Philip. For his personal purposes, he consents to Georgiana's plan. either will prove with greater than they gambled on.

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I know how worried you're of wasting your place, and that i wish you to understand that that might by no means occur. ” I gave him a radiant smile, which he didn’t see as his eyes have been dealing with entrance. It happened to me as I checked out his grave profile, that during this fashion Philip was once now not very diverse from me. in the end these brief years, I didn’t imagine that he desired to lose his domestic both. * * * * As we drove round the property, i used to be struck by way of how renowned Philip together with his humans. males laboring within the box may cease and take off their caps as we drove via, and that i may see the grins that lit their weatherworn faces. a couple of times, whilst there has been somebody operating in a plowed row that used to be close to the facet of the line, Philip might pull up and the guy could come over to be brought to me. a standard alternate ran anything like this: “Is the recent roof entire but, Grimes? ” “That it really is, my lord, and it’s that grand. not more pots for the spouse to place out each time it rains! ” “Heavens,” I stated, as we grew to become for domestic, “I imagine we had larger stay with the shabby curtains for a number of extra years. you actually are spending a fortune at the land. ” He laughed, and once again I felt that stab of enjoyment that I had made him chuffed. He had talked to me this morning as he had by no means talked to me prior to. He had really confided in me. Deep in my middle, I knew that it was once due to what had occurred among us final evening. I knew that the actual becoming a member of among us was once what had brought about this different form of closeness, and that if i wished to maintain this type of a bond, then i might need to permit the opposite. He had instructed me it wouldn’t damage after the 1st time, I reminded myself bravely. maybe the second one time wouldn’t be so undesirable. I hadn’t spotted the foodstuff at dinner final evening simply because I have been in such an emotional knot, yet i spotted it this night. If one have been being style, one could name it mediocre. After I left Philip to his port, I despatched for the butler, Clandon, and requested him what the prepare dinner intended via sending up such an ill-cooked meal. Clandon’s face used to be wood as he spoke back, “The dowager woman Winterdale took the previous cook dinner along with her whilst she got rid of to tub, my girl. The undercook took over whilst he left. ” “Well, the undercook isn't enough, Clandon,” I stated. “His lordship can't be anticipated to devour overcooked roasts and undercooked potatoes. He left part his meal on his plate this night. ” “Yes, my lady,” the butler stated. “Find one other cook,” I steered. “The current cook dinner may well remain on in his unique ability. ” “Yes, my girl. ” “Did the Dowager girl Winterdale abscond with any of the opposite servants? ” I requested interestingly. A glimmer of enjoyment got here and went within the butler’s eyes. “No, my woman. She merely took the prepare dinner and her cloth cabinet. ” Philip got here into the room as Clandon used to be leaving, and that i instructed him approximately searching for a brand new prepare dinner. “Haven’t you spotted how dreadful the food are right here at Winterdale? ” I requested. “Actually, i've got spotted. I simply have had too many different issues on my brain to do something approximately it.

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