This is by far my favourite of her Regencies. This delightful Regency romp opens up with a hilarious scene of three cousins sitting in a drawing room at Arnside, waiting for their eccentric great-uncle to put in an appearance and formally tell them why they invited them except that we know, early on, that one of them, Lord Biddenden, was NOT invited!! Her choices are: 1. The poor man had me laughing every time he said something!
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This is by far my favourite of her Regencies. This delightful Regency romp opens up with a hilarious scene of three cousins sitting in a drawing room at Arnside, waiting for their eccentric great-uncle to put in an appearance and formally tell them why they invited them except that we know, early on, that one of them, Lord Biddenden, was NOT invited!!
Her choices are: 1. The poor man had me laughing every time he said something! Reverend Hugh Rattray, a very stoic and straitlaced man, although handsome, he means to offer for Kitty simply out of pity, and to give her the protection of his name and his "education" he promises to educate her!
Jack Westruther, the rake Kitty has been in love with since childhood. He does not, however, answer the summons to go to Arnside. Last but not least, Freddy Standen, who is on his way to Arnside, but has no idea of the trouble looming ahead of him.
She is innocent and seems even more so because she has never been outside of the country. Freddy and Kitty have known each other all their lives and have a very friendly, cousinly relationship. The tale is soon poured out to him, and he finds himself very glad to have encountered her before reaching Arnside, as he had no plan at all to offer for Kitty.
Dash it, Kit! Instead, he is a much more simple, yet much more loveable character. He is said to be "less intelligent" than the norm and repeatedly states the he "has no brains", but in truth he is very down-to-earth, and it is just the way he speaks that make him sound less smart than he really he is. He is described as not being particularly handsome, but as having an exquisite style of fashion; he is not in the petticoat line, yet is the friend of everyone; he prefers dancing to sporting, and his manners are always graceful and elegant.
He may not handle his team with the utmost perfection, but at least he knows how to tie his cravat! Moreover, Freddy is the nicest, most kind-hearted person on the planet. Of course I fell in love with Freddy!! He was downright adorable!!! And, of course, Freddy accepts the counterfeit betrothal and agrees to whisk Kitty off to London! But I mean to apply myself!
You are as fine as fivepence! And that, let me tell you, is what Lady Jersey says! Freddy as the reluctant tourist was hilarious!!! So Kitty, being new to London, naturally wants to see all the famous London sights, which Freddy has absolutely no interest in! And poor Freddy is all "No, really, Kit! Not yourself! Nice pair of flats we should look, going all over town with a dashed guide book! Shall we? He said that he had never seen such a set of rum touches in his life, and represented to Miss Charing in the strongest terms that another five minutes spent in the chapel would make them both feel as blue as megrim.
A pretty set of bubble-merchants they must be, the fellows that look after place! They have been damaged. I should rather think so! And just look at this, Kit!
REVIEW: Cotillion by Georgette Heyer
Foppish Pink of the Ton? Long-suffering but pleasantly surprised father? Beautiful but vapid beauty in distress? Like an audience at a concert that has been performed in other music halls, we are interested in how this new orchestration of a well-known arrangement will compare to the others. The rich uncle hopes that by bequeathing his entire estate to his orphaned ward, Kitty, he will force his favorite nephew, Jack, to vie for her hand in marriage. Enter the Honourable Frederick Standen. The reader first meets this Exquisite in typical Heyer style: The young gentleman who alighted from the chaise must have been recognized at sight by the discerning as a Pink of the Ton, for although his judgment, which, in all matters of Fashion, was extremely nice, had forbidden him to travel into the country arrayed in the long-tailed coat of blue superfine, the pantaloons of delicate yellow, and the tasselled Hessian boots which marked him in the Metroplolis as a veritable Tulip, or Bond Street Beau, none but a regular Dash, patronizing the most exclusive of tailors, could have presented himself in so exquisitely moulded a riding-coat, such peerless breeches, or such effulgent top-boots.
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Its cognomen was derived from the style of its architecture, which included inclined pilasters ornamented with hieroglyphics. It was an imposing edifice, but it had not previously tempted Mr Standen to inspect its many marvels. Nor, when he had penetrated beyond the vestibule, did he waste time in studying the exhibits tastefully arranged around the walls. The only object in which he was interested was found seated primly upon a chair, a catalogue in her gloved hands, and her gaze fixed thoughtfully upon the model of a Red Indian chief in full panoply of war. First the fellow brings you to devilish place like this, and then he dashed well leaves you here!
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