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  1. Cordelia Lucas

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker | Wednesday morning

    As the Countess stood so did Cordelia nodding her own head in agreement of what the other had said regarding her ward. "It is my pleasure Lady Basildon - and between the two of us I hope for a conclusion that pleases all parties involved - especially Margaretha." "From all that you have told I think something that will help to ease some of those burdens and allow for her to begin anew would be a kindness." She would wait for a servant to see her out as was expected. Offering a nice curtsey she would take her leave her eyes now more focused on everything that she would see on her way out. It never hurt to take note of surroundings for oft times they had a way of telling more about a person and the circumstances. It would appear that Earl Basildon was indeed doing quite well for himself. But this was not the time to rest on ones Laurels. It would be difficult to make a contract with this girl but then again it could be said that things might change suddenly and a surprise or two would be tossed in.
  2. Cordelia Lucas

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker | Wednesday morning

    "Well I am thus encouraged and shall not give that another thought." She smiled across at the Countess privately thinking that she was very good at presenting the picture of a woman in Charge. It will be interesting to see how things progress - the Countess against the Duchess of Norfolk in that direction if it was successful that is. And how well this 'long at Court' Lady would deal with other obstacles and Cordelia was sure that with this matching there would be. "Childbirth is a trip to Hell for Us but the result can not be measured." "I think that ALL of court prays for a son .... there is much talk about Town in this regard and the betting, so I have heard, is high for an Heir. Either way Prince or Princess born safe and Her Majesty as well is paramount. She is young and there are many years ahead to have children and provide the King with sons." "Daughters are fine and will be married off in due time for Alliances. Sons, as we both know, are expected and yet oft times so very hard to provide. I hope that for the Queen's sake she proves her fertility early on. It would be a shame to waste her youth great with child year after year." "Since this was but the first of many meetings I think we have covered what needs to be. Let us take your suggestion and once an Event is made known and we think it appropriate let her be introduced. In the mean times if there are things that you think need improvement or learned then I encourage you to continue in the fashion you already are. Her skills and attributes will be studied and her Family connections ensure that it will be expected they are Superior. How else can she beat out an English girl?" She would not have another cup unless the Countess herself did. This meeting had proven fruitful and Cordelia had a better picture of the Countess. How, she wondered, was the Earl and how much weight did he carry in this matter? She had no idea if he was easily swayed and deferred to his wife or if he Ruled. That too would be made clear as things progressed. She expected that the Countess would keep her husband informed as was right. The meeting was now close to being complete and she was of a sudden rather tired and her tummy had a dull ache that was a bother but nothing she could not deal with.
  3. Cordelia Lucas

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker | Wednesday morning

    Glad that they were, for now, on the same page Cordelia nodded her head in agreement with what Lady Basildon wanted to do. "She will indeed. Her's is a new face and you are right - that will provoke an interest but we must take care that nothing interferes or rather no one unsuitable. She can naturally establish 'friendships' but in that she will need to be guided." Left unsaid was the fact that Cordelia expected Lady Basildon to be the one to do that. "She must not be a target for those that would seek to cause the Earl problems. I have seen it happen - a jealous man who covets what he can never have so he disrupts by means fair or fowl." "But I doubt such would be the case here. Lord Basildon is well enough known about Court and You Lady Basildon are of an equal measure I think." "I do hope so yet until the Queen is brought safe to bed of her child I suspect that there will not be much to attend. But yes let us plan for that." She took another sip of her now tepid tea not allowing it to show. Her thoughts skipping ahead to those names on her list of 'eligibles' and wondering just who amongst those Peers had a 'natural' son he'd agreed to match. And how she was to find that out.
  4. Cordelia Lucas

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker | Wednesday morning

    "I was not just speaking of sons of Kings Lady Basildon." "A Ranking Peer is more in my line of thoughts - none below a Viscount. A Baronage is nothing shameful but that would be a waste of her skills as her husband has no real like to advance further nor will he inherit as a 'natural' born son." "But that holds true no matter to whom she is married. A natural born son, even one recognized by his father, cannot inherit under English Laws. That is why it would be sensible to find someone who enjoys a 'connected' life to their half siblings and thus Margaretha would be ensured to be included and the couple would not fear that they must navigate on their own without help - beyond what you and the Earl could assist with." "I am sure with a bit of digging it will be easy enough to then determine just WHO would be willing to work with Lord Basildon on a marriage contract that is beneficial to all sides. And your husband holds an Official Position which has influences does it not?" "I am glad to know that you are receptive of a foreign match. But that will take more discovering on both our parts." "As for the Duchess of Norfolk - what you say carries merit and if she is turned down by others' that will make her less .... strict in who she would accept as a daughter-in-law." "Shall we then each separately begin to compile a listing? And at some future time return to compare and remove or add?" "Or do you wish to focus solely upon Norfolk? If so then a campaign needs must be started - one has to know the Field afore going into battle."
  5. Cordelia Lucas

    To the Tower with Her?

    There was no malicious intent or so I believe and after all one has to think about the times ahead ..... to ruin her so absolute that she is beyond repair and thus doomed to a Life of solitude and sadness seems far too harsh. ANY prospects she might have now or would have had are gone and just who would then align themselves to that Family I have no clue. Her Reputation is her livelihood and to drag her down for what was clear a bad miscalculation of the situation and to then be Tower bound I can not see what purpose it sends. Obviously there must be some 'punishment' for her not thinking it all thru clearly and what that means so perhaps a stint away from Court in the country? They have a Country Seat so I am told and tis far enough away for quiet reflections and self blame. Then say in six months or so she may be brought back. Wiser and tamed of that independent thought that caused all the troubles. (that is to be hoped) This is not to say that those who would plot such a thing needs must not be allowed to escape - and Lord Mountjoy has struck a good point - send young Langdon out to muster his men in secret and rout out all the Evil!
  6. Cordelia Lucas

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker | Wednesday morning

    "That is always a possibility - a Mother's Love after all seeks out only what Benefits the child the most. The Duchess, so I have been told, is no pushover and tis entirely possible that the House of Basildon will not come up to scratch when side by side with that of Howard." "And I have no sure way of knowing how His Grace will move and as for a father not wanting to give a daughter to an illegitimate son ..." She smiled a bit "You are wrong in thinking that a father will not give a daughter to an illegitimate son unless he is a heir - you are at Court long enough to see how it works. Many a Royal has acknowledged a natural born son and it is thru connections that a well made match is done." "But if you are set on a Howard alliance then by all means let us precede. It will be good however to have some waiting in the wings if it fails to happen." "I am not well enough versed in who, amongst all the Peers, has an illegitimate son or sons that has been recognized and thus able to make use of the Family name. And who would be interested in feathering a nest." "Are we to rule out those not English? There are about Court many Gentlemen who are in need of a wife and as your ward is foreign as well that may prove lucrative to think in that direction." "Having a thing in common from the start might well pave the way for other feelings as well."
  7. Cordelia Lucas

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker | Wednesday morning

    So it was to be High from the start then. "The 'best candidate' is perhaps jumping the gun rather early Lady Basildon. If Norfolk does as many surmise and disinherits his legitimate son for the one who isn't ...." "Then your ward, by virtue of her marriage, would be the next Duchess of Norfolk. And your husband has a powerful connection. And she, naturally grateful to you both, would be a willing source of information." "Yet you think that Norfolk would welcome it? A Dutch in-law who has no Political bearing as implied is not match for a girl that brings one." "The Duchess will be hard to convince - she will look for a home grown bride first. I have heard she is shopping and wants only the best for her son." "There are so many Benefits that move people in all directions. That is why to close any other matches off and stand for that one alone I think would be unwise."
  8. Cordelia Lucas

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker | Wednesday morning

    Lady Basildon was quick to again sing her wards abilities but that was to be expected. She watched the young girl with interest and gave a nod to accept her reverance adding "I assure you that we shall do nothing that will bring you harm to body or mind intentionally. You shall be included once Lady Basildon and I have a suitable list put together and investigations begin." "You will not be forced and are free to decline only IF some impediment is legitimately discovered." She smiled to reassure and hoped that it would be believed for it was all True - Lady Lucas had her principles after all and forcing a bride to wed had never had a place with her. She gave a small frown as that instrument - it could be problematic as some men thought it too independent an instrument and the motions use to play not ones a 'Lady' should use. As for herself she was inclined to agree somewhat and much preferred a Lute which was considered rather Old fashioned. Once alone she accepted the offered tea. "I am glad to hear that Time is not to be rushed. And it IS fortuitous that her face in not well know for that is an advantage over some of the others' her age who are also hunting." "Now. Shall we turn attentions to the matter at hand? Let us, at leisure, hear the names of those you think would be well received and how advantageous it is to Basildon." She blew a bit over her cup and inhaled the scent then took a sip. It was rather a fine taste. She ignored the platter of delights. Her mirror as well as her lacing of her stays had made it plain that indulgence was not to go further.
  9. Cordelia Lucas

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker | Wednesday morning

    Lady Lucas was not so cold-hearted as the other two might think. "I am sorry for your loss. And your father succeeded in his desires judging from this first meeting." "And I am impressed that Lady basildon has already begun instructions yet I would not be too worried managing a Household is not that different here and I suspect that you are a quick learn." "Is she? Persuasive I mean. Well Time will tell in that regard." "I think it best if just the two of us Lady Basildon continue the conversation." She addressed the younger girl with a smile. "It is simply that a discussion of 'candidates' is best left to us in the beginning and I assure you that nothing will be hidden - but you understand that the the final approval is the Earl's."" She spared a glance to Lady Basildon to include her in that. She would hope that Lady Basildon had already some names in mind to start and she would have to exclude those that were already being used by the Duchess for her daughter. As for the others, well, Peers with third and fourth sons even those with 'natural born' sons might well have an interest. They would have to test the waters so to speak for no matter how much Lady Basildon decried the involvement of 'Politics' it was there simmering beneath the surface. A relation to the Dutch King no matter born on the wrong side of the blanket would make a pawn for some Englishman who had designs or delusions of Grandure. Or for The Earl himself. "it will be a slow process so like until the next Season or even the New Year before a contract is sealed. Information must be gathered on all sides and that takes time." "There is, of course, the possibility that a match may be found quickly that holds mutual benefits."
  10. Cordelia Lucas

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker | Wednesday morning

    Aware that her words had hit the mark she watched the reactions of both women carefully. It would seem that the Dutch girl had taken umbridge at her words or tone and that was indeed a good sign. But it still needed further testing. "My question was not intended to cause hurts but rather to understand the situation between the two you. At sixteen year old is not a child but as you say she can only do so much with her given circumstances in her Country." She had changed her own tone to one more inviting and even made the appearance of relaxing her manner. She did not what confrontations nor did she want to lose what could be a very lucrative arrangement. "She is indeed lucky to have you Lady Basildon to guide her." She listened to what Lady Basildon wanted to achieve aware that it was not going to be easy. It would take some explanation to help both to understand. "So it will be established that she has the protection of Lord Basildon and regarded as a daughter of the house but of no blood relation. It is the desire to see her well placed within a noble house who seeks to further advance their own ambitions by making an alliance thru marriage. You want her to be 'happy' but that is a thing not guaranteed and can hardly be promised. It is better to match like with like and hope that with time it will be found. Of course there is no love match but that too may grow as the years pass." "As to which families would welcome the alliance .... that must be discussed between the two us." She returned the younger girls stare with some amusement nodding as she listed her own wants. "You have stated all the things that one should strive for in a marriage. But tell me - where did you learn those things? Who has taught you the ways to manage a household and all that it entails? All the duties of a wife are many." "If you are at a disadvantage in this then I would suggest that Lady Basildon help you to learn it. You cannot expect a husband to teach his wife what she must already have learned. Do not misunderstand my words. It is what every young girl from a noble house here would have learned and it will be assumed and expected that you have the skills as well. I am not saying this to cause you grief - in fact I have another arrangement on going where tis a similar thing but with a third daughter of similar age who needs to polish herself - it is beneficial to all parties involved and can greatly enhance the choices of suitable matches." "And you must also temper yourself my dear. It is well and good that you can articulate and converse with your husband but you must always match your thoughts to his yet be able to push an idea or thought if need be to be seen as one of his own making." She smiled as if she had said some secret that only wives understood. "Is this not so Lady Basildon?" She turned her gaze to the other woman with some expectation that she would find agreement.
  11. Cordelia Lucas

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker | Wednesday morning

    She nodded her head and returned the smile. "Even tho you have said there is no 'Politics' it will be assumed by some that there is. The House of Basildon seeks to align itself with the House of ______ and thus it will be implied that this marriage also brings Dutch Connections." "The fact that her Uncle made no refusal does not mean he has no thoughts to her. The fact that she has no parents but relatives that live also figure into this equation." "But for now let us lay those aside." "You have tolled her virtues but what of her faults hmmm? She is a paragon so it appears and begs the question - is she incapable of thinking for herself and thus relies upon you Lady Basildon for everything?" "There were no others there that took whatever poisoned rumors and looked beyond to see such a valuable Pearl and wanted to make an alliance?" She gave a small sigh. "How sad indeed if that is so that she must now travel to England and make a marriage." She was aware of the younger girl and that she had heard every word as well. Was she a mouse under Lady Basildon's thumb or was there Spirit hidden beneath? "Tell me then what your desires are Lady Basildon and I will say in return if they are attainable." "And then put that same question to your ward. Let me see what she has to say. For I will not continue if she is unwilling or is being forced."
  12. Cordelia Lucas

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker | Wednesday morning

    Lady Lucas went to one of the offered chairs noting that her Hostess chose to sit beside the younger girl - weather by design or comfort she hoped to discover. After setting herself she listened without interruption as the tale was spun out. and another who dreams HIGH yet offers up a gift without much promise "I am grateful for your directness for that is a trait I too prefer." She smiled at them both as she continued "I must admit I know little of Dutch Royals save for who sits on the Throne. You told of her family which seems well connected yet I have to wonder as to the reason why You have taken up her wardship." "Is it to mean that she is an orphan and her Uncle did not wish to be involved so she was given over to your care and brought here? Or there are no Politics involved just your kindnesses and wanting to see her placed well in a marriage?" "It is important to be clear for any prospective candidate's Father will ask it and I have no wish to be seen as foolish and unprepared." She was perhaps being a bit rough but she was also on foreign soil with this - she had no experience in dealing with a foreign girl and so had to ensure that she could well cover herself in the advent it all went astray. "You must pardon my own directness as well. No matter how well the initial intent may be we will progress no further if things are hidden."
  13. Cordelia Lucas

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker | Wednesday morning

    Having arrived she paused a moment allowing her quick eye to navigate the space taking note of firstly her Hostess then the other younger girl who was seated nearby. that hair Moving forward she gave a nice reverance to the Countess - for her husband held a Household Position after all. "Good morrow Lady Basildon. What a plesant room. Indeed I am quite well." She turned her eyes to the young woman who had stood and given her own curtsey and acknowledged it with a small nod of her head and a smile, naturally. Lady Lucas would remain where she was until otherwise directed.
  14. Cordelia Lucas

    Matchmaker, Matchmaker | Wednesday morning

    She had dressed with an eye for this other 'Client' meaning that what she had worn to talk with the Duchess was a step up from what she was wearing to meet a Countess. Nevertheless her gown was subtile and cut well. Changeable taffeta in the color of sage green and pear with the addition of scattered green glass beads (salvaged from another gown) and gold beads in a random swirling pattern decorated the bodice and some added sparkle down either side of her skirt opening. Her underskirt was a pale gold silk edged around the bottom with a narrow band of black velvet trim. Her hair worn up and off her neck was coiled prettily and some ribbon weaved in amongst the curls. Pearls and neck and ears. No lace edged her elbow length sleeves. Her carriage arrived and she was helped down but waited until her driver had rapped the door with the butt of his crop and then made her way up. "Lady Lucas to see Lady Basildon." He would announce. She present a calm and serene countenance and would follow whoever was tasked to bring her to Lady Basildon.
  15. Cordelia Lucas

    Newcastle House, Tuesday 2 PM, Marriage Talks Part Two

    Pleased with herself and the way she had managed to 'control' this meeting Cordelia was inclined to be generous. "I see that you are already a step ahead of me Your Grace in Lady Margaret's further educations." "Well tis understandable after all when one daughter is soon to be a wife while the other is not yet contracted." "You might wish to keep an eye out for any signs of competion between them - Lady Frances is, after all, soon to be a Countess and has presumably already demenstrated her skill at learnings." "Lady Margaret as we have both seen is prone to too much of a strong nature and the desire to have her own way. Not that that is a bad thing for she should have a mind capable of 'thinking' and not total dependance upon her husband." "Do not hesitate Your Grace to pull your daughter down with authority if she shows sign of slipping into how she was at our first meeting." She smiled and nodded to another cup of tea but would not over-linger. The Duchess was showing signs that this meeting was now done. Plesentries would be exchanged and she would wait to see if the Duchess had any responses before she took her leave. (ooc: thank you!)
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