By Georgette Heyer
Refusing her fortune-hunting suitors, Kitty Charing despairs of discovering a guy who would really like her for herself and runs away, till the risks of the town make her boldly suggest to the dependent Mr. Standen of London. Reprint.
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Lord, no! ‘Stupid looby of a coachman forgot his orders, that’s all! Ought to have fetched Miss Charing an hour ago. She’s been visiting: obliged to walk back to Arnside. ’ If the landlord thought poorly of a story which featured a host so lost to propriety as to permit an unattached damsel to leave his house at dusk, on foot and unescorted, and which left out of account the modest carpet-bag, at present reposing in the passage outside the coffee-room, Kitty at least had no fault to find with it.
Nice cake I should make of myself if I went around talking about people out of history! ’ ‘Sun? ’ cried Miss Charing. ‘In that case, I’ll be dashed if I go back to London tonight,’ said Freddy. ‘Not that that’s what I meant, but never mind! ’ said Miss Charing, darting a glance of scorn at him. ‘Well, I ain’t going to offer for an heiress,’ said Freddy patiently. A thought occurred to him; in some concern he added: ‘Kitty, you haven’t got this infectious complaint, have you? Don’t know what it is, but it goes very much about, they tell me.
But—Said you wouldn’t! Remember it distinctly! ’ said Kitty fiercely. ‘There is no one for whom I have the least partiality, and I don’t wish to marry anyone in your odious family! I think Hugh is a humbug, and Claud has a cruel nature, and Dolph and Freddy are just stupid, and as for Jack I am truly thankful that he was not coxcomb enough to come here, because I dislike him more than all the rest of you together! ’ The door slammed behind her, causing Lord Dolphinton to start nervously. Biddenden said: ‘A ramshackle business you made of it, Hugh, with your damned, long-winded periods, and your fine talk of educating the girl!
Cotillion by Georgette Heyer