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  1. Sarah With Grace For Sarah this was much the same as the last performance given by Lady Toledo - too much of Everything! That the Lady was gifted was clear yet she supposd that this "Art" was a thing one had to grow used to. "What did you think of this?" She whispered to Grace. "I am still of my first opinion and so tis doubtful I shall ever have a likeness for this!' She then followed along with polite applause of her own.
  2. Sarah Grace and Henry She looked to him with concern naturally expressing her understanding. "I do hope nothing terrible has occured ..." She whispered to his retreating back before she turned back to Grace adding "I think that things are about to begin ....."
  3. (ooc: putting this back up for responses moving forward) IC Sarah, Grace, and Henry Sarah cast a look to Lord Grey wanting to speak before he did. "I am indeed selfish! I have, I believe, cast so much onto you Mistress Preston that tis no wonder you feel overwhelmed. Do not distress yourself over anything I have asked. It was an asumption on my part that you have come to Court because you seek to be taken up by some Peer into their Household. Most of our sex that comes has that desire and so if no Relative is at Court then introduction will be provided by a Lady who is known to the family and in some Standing herslf." "I do not know your own circumstance but if you need to give out those who you are already acquainted with you may use my name and I am sure Lord Grey could be persuaded for he is a kindly Gentleman I do believe." She twinkled at him with a smile. "I am but a small fish in this big pond but His Grace the Duke of York, as His Majesty's Brother, adds greatly to my own standings." "So please do not dispair. I do hope that this will be worth my coming - do you like this thing called 'Opera' Mistress Preston? Tis much like a cat screeching or so I think." Sarah was trying to ease the other by explination and then by topic change. She hoped it would help. She also hoped that Lord Grey would forgive her speaking out of turn.
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    Away & Here Notices

    I've returned from my Travels last night! Another day and I'll be up and running
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    Away & Here Notices

    Ok! I am leaving Sunday for my Vacation in Italy. I have only a few threads open so those with Sarah can be played around her and Frances is about to close with Sophia. Davina and Cordelia at Lords can also be played around. I will be back October 12 so will catch up probably the next day Take Care All!!
  6. Sarah, Grace, and Henry Sarah cast a look to Lord Grey wanting to speak before he did. "I am indeed selfish! I have, I believe, cast so much onto you Mistress Preston that tis no wonder you feel overwhelmed. Do not distress yourself over anything I have asked. It was an asumption on my part that you have come to Court because you seek to be taken up by some Peer into their Household. Most of our sex that comes has that desire and so if no Relative is at Court then introduction will be provided by a Lady who is known to the family and in some Standing herslf." "I do not know your own circumstance but if you need to give out those who you are already acquainted with you may use my name and I am sure Lord Grey could be persuaded for he is a kindly Gentleman I do believe." She twinkled at him with a smile. "I am but a small fish in this big pond but His Grace the Duke of York, as His Majesty's Brother, adds greatly to my own standings." "So please do not dispair. I do hope that this will be worth my coming - do you like this thing called 'Opera' Mistress Preston? Tis much like a cat screeching or so I think." Sarah was trying to ease the other by explination and then by topic change. She hoped it would help. She also hoped that Lord Grey would forgive her speaking out of turn.
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    The Art Of Friendship | 4th April, noon

    "There are so many possibilities and I hope that you can be happy with whatever the name for him might be." Aware that she had said 'him' she smiled at Sophia giving a small chuckle added "Well that is settled then! If tis one babe then its a son but if there are two ..... I do not know what to think!" She shook her head and raised her shoulders a bit to emphasize. Frances noted the gesture and refrained from looking as well. So far it had remained calm and she had no wish to make that creature become desires of getting better acquainted! She wanted to avoid it so the only thing she could do was to take her leave. "I am sure you shall Shine as you did afore and is it not better that you have company so that everything does not rest on you alone?" "I am curious to hear her. But now I am afraid I must take my leave - I would wish to remain longer but you will understand that the Duchess will be waiting? I am trying to NOT give any reason for scoldings and be the 'Duitiful Daughter' even more than I usually am." She could not obviously take herself off for Lady Toledo must lead the way first ...
  8. Sarah, Grace, and Henry A place was found and a warning provided about the rose upon each seat as they were then taken up by the Gentleman. Sarah smiled as she took a seat adjusting her skirts and then flicked open her small fan with its pale blue colors gentling waving it back and forth. This room was large enough but soon might well become heated once everyone was assembled. "Well I am far from being an expert on Court Lord Grey. You have asked a question that requires more time than what is allowed yet I shall try to answer." "Tis not a place for the fainthearted. It is the place to be for those that desire Royal Favor and High Office. Court sets the Fashion for every aspect of Life. Most who come seek employment - like myself for example. My elder sister was part of the late Duchess of York's household and because of that attention was given to me when a place was sought and so I was 'employed' and now have the Duke's Protection. Perhaps tis the same for you Mistress Preston? Have you come in search of 'employment'? Who, I wonder, is to Sponsor you - like an Aunt or perhaps a trusted Lady of your Mothers acquaintance? In whos Household have you an interest in?" Sarah made the assumption that Mistress Preston was as she had been seeking out a place for herself to better her Family's prospects. "Yet Court is also boring and full of routines. With much waiting and hanging about. But much is also given to Rank and Preference. If you observe this very room you can watch it ....." "As you see Lady Toledo has gone to converse with the Duke of Buckingham who is held high in His Majesty's esteem and thus to have His Grace here for this performance says much. Many will give him attention as is proper." "To answer the questions put - what 'matters' is to whom you give your Loyalty Lord Grey. The Faction that you will support. You have already experienced it at Lords have you not - where to sit or by whom or which Party to side with or not." "Court is much like a schoolroom where place is fought over - at least on the boys' side!" She did not add that it was oft times worse with those of her own sex! "Do not be disalusioned Mistress Preston or take my words for gloom - you are a new face and thus must find your way but I shall be happy to offer whatever I can. If you wish to see me just go to the Duchess of York's apartments - any servant will know the way and then ask for me." She smiled at the other girl. "And as for you Lord Grey I shall keep a most insterested eye. Now perhaps you might speak of this Event upon the morrow .... Watching the Moon you said? Where is it to be? What if there are clouds ...." Sarah hoped that the other two would understand that now was not the time nor place to have an in-depth conversation and what she had offered was only a small thing.
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    Via the Portrait Gallery | 3ish on the 6th

    it was just a small piece of parchment tucked away in the place all the others had been. Kept company by a spider or two that lingered but went away in disappointment as there was nothing of interest. It had been put there some days past now in the hope that it would be found by the person the writer missed the most. They too had stood before this very portrait and observed the sitter. Asked in a whisper if they were not being foolish to hold onto a thing that was now unattainable and the object of the affection seemed now disinclined for any further countenance. Did hearts really break? Did one 'die' from it? Alas one did not as they had learned. They both now the victims of Fate or Family. This then would be the last time anything of this nature was done. Would it be a thing treasured or tossed into the flames? A thing never to be known. Once opened there was but a few scribbled sentences and the lingering trace of the scent last worn. There would be no signature. None was needed.
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    The Art Of Friendship | 4th April, noon

    "Very well. Monday it is." She smiled happy at this turn of events. "I shall be eager for the Time to pass. It will be nice to have something of my own." "Yes. I am sure I shall indeed provide a son or two no matter how long it might take. Have you choosen names yet - for the baby I mean. Will you be allowed to have whatever you might like or must it be a 'Spanish' name even if tis a daughter?" She gave a gentle touch to one of the kittens then stood smoothing her skirts. She would have to take her leave soon. She wanted to remain and perhaps discover more about Lady Toledo but she knew that her Mother would be waiting to cross-examine. "Are you nervous about your performance? Will you sing alone?"
  11. Henry And The Ladies Sarah noted the gesture and knew it for what it was - Mistress Preston newly arrive at Court and trying hard not to flee - and so her next move was a calculated one. She turned back to Lord Grey her eyes amused saying "You are doing a disservice to yourself Lord Grey - I do not think there will be a need to 'fear' anything that You wish to obtain or do. You are in fact very Amusing! But I, as well as Mistress Preston, shall happily oblige ...." She had included the other on purpose drawing herself away from her thoughts with little chance to not agree. "Come then I shall take one side and you the other." She whispered to Grace. "And we three shall make a charming picture and lead Lord Grey to wherever he wishes to go amongst all these seats. And look! A rose on each. It shall make for a nice remembrance do you not think?" "But afore that we should make our own farewells ...." She added looking to Grace. She gave a nice curtsey to the Ambassador and knew that Grace would follow the example. Having someone to 'follow' in the beginnings was like as not a very welcomed thing! Sarah herself knew it to be true and she hoped Mistress Preston would as well.
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    The Art Of Friendship | 4th April, noon

    Frances was not a novice with cats but Sophia had a better understanding of how the order of things were. "Might I come once a week or if that is too intruding then every other week? They grow so fast and I wish to have them familiar so that we are known before they come to me." "I must be patient yet am eager to see how they will look in a few weeks time!" "I suppose it might be so. Do not most husbands want their wife to be pregnant as soon as possible? I do not think Dorset to be any different and certainly the Duke will expect that of me. I pray earnstly that I have no impediment that would cause me to not have a child. Now that I am soon to marry it seems all I think about is what if I do not have sons only daughters .... Dorset would send me away I am sure and take another but what is worse is not doing my Duty to my Family and how could I survive knowing I failed?" She gave a small sigh. "Will you tell me what day is best." She asked smiling down at the kittens reaching out a finger to gently touch one of the calico babies that was soon to be hers. She changed the topic on purpose. She had revealed too much .
  13. The sudden departure of Lady Toledo made her blink but it was perhaps understandable given the circumstances - perhaps it was nerves? Sarah smiled back as the Baroness introduced herself "I shall wish you Luck then Baroness in the Performance - I have guessed given what you carry!" Then to Lord Grey she extended her hand saying "How kind you are Lord Grey to put me at my ease! Looking at the Moon? What an interesting occupation - I should much like to hear more. Perhaps we might continue if more comfortably seated ...." She tossed out the hint she hoped Lord Grey and the other younger girl might pick up. Excusing themselves from the Ambassador was easily done besides which she guessed that others' might be waiting thier own chance.
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    The Art Of Friendship | 4th April, noon

    Frances followed her eyes taking in Everything. Pastel was again a Theme and she was beginning to think it was a deliberate move on the part of Lady Toledo for her coloring and that of decoration were a foil for each other. She would not be the first not the last woman who was ruled by Vanity! Upon entering the private apartments she stilled. There was That Creature pearched atop the canopy watching as its tail twitched. Were its eyes on her Frances wondered and she moved slowly towards the box. She was frankly scared but the desire to see the kittens overroad and once by the box she sank to her knees gathering her skirts to keep them from billowing out. "Oh! How marvelous!" She whispered not wanting to startle the Mother cat. "Why does their names not surprise me!" She smiled up at Sophia. "I should like to have two - sisters - for I agree it would be hard to seperate and I would see they are well cared for." She gazed into the box but did not reach out to touch. "How tiny they are. And soon you too will have a baby to fawn over. I am envious indeed. I hope to follow your example before the end of this year. Then our children will be close in age." She had quite forgotten about what lurked above. (ooc: no worries play on)
  15. There was a silence which held as if everyone was waiting for the other to move first. So Sarah took it upon herself and made a self-introduction "I am Mistress Sarah Jennings attached to Her Grace the Duchess of York. Tis a pleasure to make your acquaintance." She gave a curtsey first towards the Ambassador then another to the rest. "It is unconventional yet sometimes a needed thing so I think I shall be forgiven." She smiled at them and hoped that they would take the hint and follow her lead and then she would nicely try to draw them away for this was not meant as a place to linger overlong as others' wanted to approach.
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