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  1. Cordelia Lucas

    EASTER 1678 | Good Friday Service (8th all day)

    Cordelia, Lisa, and Margaretha Cordelia was calculating on her feet and made the assumption that this girl had had her wardship bought and that was no matter unless Lady Basildon was making use of it as a sweetner to up the anti in the husband pool selection. She saw the swift glance made by the Countess and the apprisal done and thought that there was perhaps some truths in her own assessment - Lady Basildon was intent upon a course that would be self fulfilling as were all Courtiers - and so Cordelia must now discover what THAT was before deciding on the best way to procede. Ambition was a fine thing yet it could easily destroy those that did not understand that one had to temper it and oft times add in a healthy dose of Patience. She offered another smile and a nod of acceptance to the curtsies. The younger girl then deferred to the Countess and Cordelia wonderd just what lay beneath that red head and mild manner. Would this girl be like the Cavendish daughter cleverly hiding her true manner as she said and did what was expected but all the while schemed inside or would she, due to her foreign birth, be the opposite and thus far easier to handle and mold? Cordelia refocused on the Countess and paused as if in thought then said "I see no reason why such things can not be arranged now. Can we agree upon Wednesday the 13th - late morning?" She did not add a at your connivance simply because she wanted to be the one that set the tempo from the start. Lady Basildon was clearly a woman of no nonsense who was used to having her own way so Cordelia was curious as to just how far she could push her.
  2. Cordelia Lucas

    EASTER 1678 | Good Friday Service (8th all day)

    Cordelia and Lisa Interesting. So she had been right but the pace must be set to HER liking not the other way round. The Countess was straightforward in her approach as well yet there seemed to be a lack of warmth in the telling of it. The younger girl was obviously uncomfortable and Cordelia would start with her first by trying to make light of this beginning and in so doing hoped to win confidence from the other which would make it easier for Cordelia to make changes and changes there must be. That she was a ward meant that the Countess might have bought the wardship which was not uncommon but not in England as of 1660 when the Court of Wards had been done away with but clearly still so in European countries. That might be an issue down the line but it was far too early to worry. "How clever of you Lady Basildon to seek me out. You have stated it all very precisely yet perhaps it has made your ward uncomfortable ..." She turned her smile all soft and gentle to that person adding "I am pleased to make your acquaintance and you must not think anything of this conversation being spoken of here. It is how things are done and I have no doubt you will soon grow accustomed." "How charming you are and I suspect quite accomplished as well? We shall naturally not discuss this further here but at a time chosen to fit best ..." She spared a glance to Lady Basildon. "Perhaps in the coming week? And I shall not require you to attend if you are unwilling." "As you can see I am quite harmless. I think you will find I am most understanding."
  3. Cordelia Lucas

    EASTER 1678 | Good Friday Service (8th all day)

    Lady Lucas Gets Company She had given up looking for her son and was making her way out when her name was called out. She turned her brow raised slightly wondering who it might be .... If she was surprised she hid it well. "Lady Basildon." She offered a greeting her eyes then going to the young girl at her side where she acknowledged that greeting with a nod of her head - she would not attempt trying to say that name! "You have sought me out Madam and so how might I be of help?" Her mind was already busy formulating plans as it was clearly of a matchmaking encounter and so she appraised the red-headed girl with more interest. That she had spoken in English was providence indeed.
  4. Cordelia Lucas

    EASTER 1678 | Good Friday Service (8th all day)

    Lady Lucas Seated within nearness to the 'Family' she was content with her position. Dressed in a pale yellow brocade gown that had once been of another design she continued her observations of those about her. She knew that most every Courtier would be in attendance and it was therefore a good opportunity not just for her but others' as well to catch a glimpse of faces not often seen or to examin and chew over what was worn. Really this was no different than any other Court Function save for the location. She stood and made her reverance as was required her eyes assessing the Queen's figure with interest but she was not close enough to gage the size and shape of her belly and the clothing also was a hinderance. It was assumed everywhere that naturally she would birth the Kings Heir for all the Broadsheets about the City proclaimed it thusly and she thinks that it will figure its way into a Sermon no doubt with offerings of "Praise To The Lord" ringing out from the Congregation. Her gaze traveled about looking for the face of her son. She could not imagine that he would not be here but a mere Baronet would hardly be missed amongst all the higher Peers. Not much had changed between them and it was still a sense of sadness to her. They shared a house but little else. When it was time for a prayer she bowed her head and silently asked for what she wanted. How else was God to know unless directly told?
  5. Cordelia Lucas

    Newcastle Residence, the 6th, 2pm, Matters of Marriage

    "Than I shall call Wednesday at the same time as today." Cordelia smiled and nodded to more tea content to remain and talk of other things if the Duchess preferred. (ooc: lets let them talk and pick this up again at some point)
  6. Cordelia Lucas

    Newcastle Residence, the 6th, 2pm, Matters of Marriage

    Cordelia watched the play of emotions from the Duchess secure that everything would go to Plan. "I am glad that you think my words were good Council. It is a most trying time for you - with planning Frances' wedding and all. Is there a date yet? Will you hold it at Court ...." A nice change of topic yet still within their purpose of meeting. "Let me think. I have some appointments ...." She said falsely. "Let us agree upon Wednesday? Shall I come here again - it is no trouble." She smiled and rose to retake her chair sitting calmly one hand reaching for her cup only to find it had gone cold.
  7. Cordelia Lucas

    Newcastle Residence, the 6th, 2pm, Matters of Marriage

    "Well as careful as you may have been girls are clever and THAT is a thing not changed even in our times. Tis an easy thing as I have said for books or even notes to be passed under even the most watchful of a chaperone's eye." "Perhaps you are in need of a new set of 'watchful eyes'? The one you employ could have too soft a heart and easily complies. It happens." She hid her smile. Well Well! It would seem her actions might be starting to pay off. And they must continue. "You flatter Your Grace. I am hardly such a Paragon!" She smiled and quielty rose from her seat and went to take the empty chair beside the Duchess. "How kind your words are and how could I not help? We are, as you say, Kin and so naturally I shall do all I can." She laid one hand softly on the other womans' arm in a gesture of Sympathy. "Let us work together and given Time I firmly believe that Lady Margaret will indeed become an asset." "She is young and tests the waters to see how far she can go. She has had her answer today and after she has spent time in quiet reflection then I shall begin again." "I shall leave my list of those I think suitable. Read thru them at your leisure and then let us meet and discuss. The Season has yet to begin in full and after Easter things will be lively again!" "We can conspire and plan out our Campaign - for it will be much like a Battle I think as your daughter is strong willed despite her claims otherwise." Cordelia was satisfied. The Duchess would fall in with whatever she suggested that much was clear. Manipulation was so much easier that way.
  8. Cordelia Lucas

    Newcastle Residence, the 6th, 2pm, Matters of Marriage

    Cordelia remained silent but watchful. Lady Margaret was not yet to be fully believed and she also needed to be brought back under the thumb of her Mother - daughters were the property of Fathers until marriage then they belonged to Husbands - this lesson needed to be enforced to prevent future outbreaks. She was rather amused by the leave-taking of the girl but nevertheless gave a small nod of her head to signify she had heard. Silence. The Duchess then began to self-blame and Cordelia heard her out. "You must not do that Your Grace - for tis clear that every effort has been applied as to her teachings in General and yet how can a Mother know all?" "Why think back to Times Past when WE were of this age and all that was offered up for our study!" "Books. Trubados Tales and Stories .... All manner of things that tempted. Even I was swayed by books and and the words of others' as is Lady Margaret yet recovered. Perhaps you as well?" "You might also look amongst the Company she keeps - those girls she frequents either here or at some other place?" "Such a gathering naturally includes gossip and tales and who knows what - tis easy to slip a book in and learn all manner of things that she has no business to know. Yet." "A new Tutor with 'Ideas' from the Continent perhaps or even a Dancing Master! No matter how innocent it may appear a Man left alone with tender blossoms breeds troubles. Especially one that is not known to Your Grace." As for the request she did not at once answer back her but held the others' gaze. "It will be a great under-taking Your Grace." Said with a slow shaking of her head. "Lady Margaret indeed needs Guidance as you say ...." She would wait for the Duchess to reply then give her answer. Drawing it out served her own purpose better anyway.
  9. Cordelia Lucas

    Newcastle Residence, the 6th, 2pm, Matters of Marriage

    Cordelia watched the little Tableau being played out half believing and half not. She let some moments pass before she answered. "Silly girl - all that to now reduce yourself to tears and pleadings - and what are We to think hmmm? You are far too young to have developed any real Talent in acting yet show promise in the abality to change emotions. As for being deceitful, well, that is a thing best left to Your Lady Mother to handle." "You assured that the Company you kept was above reproach so I am curious as to how you came by those ideas? From what books or persons?" "Even if you do not answer truthfully it will still be found out - The Duchess is more than capable of discovery using resources at her disposal. Of course it would be faster to just question all in your Circle ..." She looked across to the Duchess catching her eye. "Your Grace I am not entirely convinced but for the moment I do not see the need in having your daughter 'examined'. If you might investigate first - to see who influenced and to what degree of familiarity - then I shall naturally do as you wish." "I would spare your daughter that." "It is too early to ask me for forgivemess Lady Margaret. Her Grace and I shall speak privately. I think some quiet time spent in reflection would be in order." "Use it wisely Madam. Put truths together so that next we meet THIS is all avoided." "Do not further shame your parents." "Your Grace I would suggest this ... " "She is not my child. But if she were I would confine her to her set of rooms. Remove everything from there - books, papers, things of that nature. No visits. No trips outside. No Court Functions." "Allow her to be in solitude for however long you wish but not without food naturally. Say a week or two? She must obey after all. Her display here today has shown what she is capable of and that must be broken." "Let us see just see if her 'promise' to answer truthfull from now on is an honest one or just another turn of emotion." Cordelia's manner still had a chill about it but she had relaxed her words. That Margaret was being truthful was probably correct for her palor could not have been faked and her reactions to being checked to prove she was a maiden still were also too real. But it would do no harm to have her confined and if that aided in getting the Real Margaret to be finally revealed so much the better. Plus the Duchess needed to exert her Authority over her daughter to cut off any further ideas of rebellion.
  10. Cordelia Lucas

    Newcastle Residence, the 6th, 2pm, Matters of Marriage

    It was becoming clear that Lady Margaret did indeed have a mind of her own and one that was filled with nonsense. Cordelia directed her responses first to the Duchess. "So your daughter has been allowed to educate herself - either alone or in the company of those that share this foolishness - to the extent that she parades it unashamedly?" "Her speech is full of words that someone of her inexperience should have no knowlwdge of let alone their meanings. To speak of having 'skills' that would tempt a husband to stay by her side and not seek a woman outside of the Marriage Bed gives rise to her own virtue - or lack thereof." "Had you no idea Your Grace?" "You must have her examined as soon as possible. There must be NO doubts. I will not be a part of any type of 'trickery' or falsehoods." Cordelia doubted that Margaret's maidenhead had been touched and much of what she said no doubt came from what she had read but one had to be absolute. The reputation of Newcastle was at stake as well as her own. "This is indeed a problem and now we must change course. She can hardly be offered as a suitable wife as she is. It might be possible to beat it out of her but I fear unsuccessful and would only encourage further disobedience. Her affectation of self-praise is hardly commendable." She turned back to Lady Margaret giving a small shake of her head her gaze running over the girl. "And I thought you had promise. What Prince would look at you? What Gentleman will align himself with a wife who has no shame and carrys an inflated idea of her own worth?" "But I shall not give up. A husband will be found. One that can be 'persuaded' perhaps by the addition of more coin or some parcel of land that will not be missed by the Duke. But it will be a challange nonetheless." Cordelia was laying on the Dramatics to further provoke responses that would revel more of the girls true character the better to ascertain how it was to be handled. If she was no virgin then she and the Duchess would have to leave off and have a private conversation as how best to proceed - or not.
  11. Cordelia Lucas

    Newcastle Residence, the 6th, 2pm, Matters of Marriage

    Cordelia smiled as she answered the Duchess. "Indeed I do think so. Lady Margaret herself has set forth the example she wishes ALL to see her and I did not mean some country Parson Your Grace. There are many second and even third sons who have gone to The Church - from Great and Noble Fmilies - who hold Positions that are substantial. And to align Cavendish to one would be most advantageous to both sides." "If His Grace might be persuaded along those lines, well, then I should expect offers quickly." Her gaze returned to the younger girl who showed no outard signs of agitation or any emotion actually. Yet Cordelia was not fooled. Underneath that oh so prim and proper exterior was someone who very much wanted to have her own way. "Lady Margaret - in your description of your elder sister you had stated the very things that you seek to emulate - or was that description just for my benefit? Your words now betray another direction. Let me be clear so you have no misunderstandings." She set her cup down without a sound and her words were firm in their saying. "Your marriage will not be equal to either of your elder sisters nor will it be higher. Nor will your marriage outrank your Brothers' for HE is the heir." "You are a third daughter and under old times would already have been marked for The Church and a life of solitude and prayer. A Bride of Christ." "Luckly that is no longer required so you need not fear that." She paused to let her words sink in. "Opinions? But my dear you yourself have made it clear that that is a road you have no interest in so this expressing of it is most confusing. You can not be two people so perhaps now might be the best time to make your True self known." "Say it simply. No harm will come to you for doing it." "Things will go much smoother if you understand that. And you will, naturally, be included in the process as I have already said. But the final decision belongs to the Duke." "Mysterious? Enticing?" Her eyes narowed a fraction as she leaned a bit forward in her chair to ask "Who has spoken such words to you? Do you keep Company with those not known to your family? Do you see yoursef than as some Siren who is desirious of tempting men?" Cordelia then looked to the Duchess clearly wanting an explanation of how such thoughts had been allowed or even fostered.
  12. Cordelia Lucas

    Newcastle Residence, the 6th, 2pm, Matters of Marriage

    Cordelia smiled. "You have expressed what you have been taught and memorized it well. Your manner of presentation gives that away. I must say tis rather a dissapointment." Here she paused and gave a small sigh. "I was hopeful that you would not only be well presented as a daughter of a Duke should be but also have some Spirit about you. For no husband wants a wife that only quotes what she has read and has no words that are her own. How could she be a true helpmate?" She looked to the Duchess then her tone a bit sad as she continued "It must be a worrisome thing indeed Your Grace. But do not be disheartened. I am certain that a husband can be found for this daughter. Perhaps, since she has described a Paragon of a Wife that she seeks to emulate, might His Grace be persuaded towards a Gentleman of the Cloth? Oh a well placed one naturally and Lady Margaret, as his Wife, would be perfect in that Role. There are many Parishes outside of London after all. What do you think?" She sipped her tea. Sometimes one had to resort to shocking right off the bat. She wanted to see just how far this girl would go.
  13. Cordelia Lucas

    Newcastle Residence, the 6th, 2pm, Matters of Marriage

    Cordelia hid a smile and thought that this was going to get interesting. She waited until Lady Margaret had poured the tea watching her movements thinking that she was indeed well-rehearsed. She took a sip then answered back "Why all four naturally. Let us start with the one that YOU think is of the most import and I would know the reasons why."
  14. Cordelia Lucas

    Newcastle Residence, the 6th, 2pm, Matters of Marriage

    "I prefer it if you remain Your Grace. I want there to be a 'relaxed' presence. Far better to ascertain that way." Shrewed eyes watched as the girl entered taking note of her attire and how she carried herself. A brow raised slightly as there was no curtsey that accompanied her greeting. Was it intentional or was she nervous? Doubtful that her education had overlook such necessary formalities even if nerves were involved. Interesting indeed. Her own reply came quickly said on a smile. "You have indeed blossomed Lady Margaret since the last I saw you - of which you have no memory I am sure. You have an aire of delicateness about you. Tell me, are you stronger than you appear?"
  15. Cordelia Lucas

    Newcastle Residence, the 6th, 2pm, Matters of Marriage

    Cordelia nodded her head as the Duchess spoke of her thoughts regarding a marriage for her daughter - anything was possible she knew but the trick was in the understanding of just how Probably it might be. "I would very much like to meet her." She smiled then and in a more serious tone added "And after she is announced and paid her respect I would ask that Your Grace allow me to speak in a manner designed to provide me with what I need to know." "There is no slight intended." She hastened to assure." I could not help but hear how you spoke of her 'attributes' and that is to be expected but as her Mother you are perhaps too inclined to favor." "If she looks to you for guidance you needs must say that she has to answer as I have asked and in a Truthful manner. You are not to provide an answer to whatever I have asked." This was always the sticking point. Too many mothers felt the need to ensure that daughters were pumped fuller than they actually were and thus they, eager to make a contract, felt inclined to be the voice rather than risk a daughter who sprouted nonsense. "I have assumed that she has benefited from an education by her parents but also from male tutors as well as gentle-women of your household and perhaps a governess?" "I must hear from Lady Margaret herself as to how she judges her own Skills and Accomplishments. If she believes herself capable enough to handle her husbands Household in all manner of ways in which I shall ask." "I must see her nature and judge what needs to be changed or improved." "It is also important that she understands that she has the right to speak but in the end the decision will not be hers to make but that of the Duke. She would naturally not be forced into a marriage." "if plans go well then I see no reason why a contract can not be negotiated come Fall - there must be time to check each candidate once we have decided on the short-list - so six months ahead is easily reached." "Will you be supportive Your Grace as I have outlined?" Much was riding on the answer and so Cordelia hoped that the Duchess was able to understand and take her meaning. "And after some time with your daughter let us two then put heads together and read thru the names that I have compiled and we can cross out those not suitable and select the ones you wish to pursue."
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