Since I’ve been posting some snippets of my Victorian short romance Heart of Deception, I thought you might like to learn a little more about the heroine, Lady Celinda Graham. So I’m having a little chat with Celinda this morning over tea.
Jenna: Lady Celinda, how good of you to call this morning. I’m very glad you agreed to talk with me and my readers about yourself.
Celinda: Good Morning, Miss Jenna. I am always happy to accommodate you. This tea is excellent. And such delicious cakes. You must have a wonderful cook.
Jenna: I, uh, made these myself, Lady Celinda.
Celinda: Your cook is indisposed?
Jenna: My cook is non-existent. But I am glad you are enjoying them. I was hoping you could tell my readers a little bit about your plight.
Celinda: Well, yes, I am in such distress these days. You see, I’m in love with the most wonderful man imaginable, but my father refuses to allow us to marry.
Jenna: Why would he do such a thing? He does not approve of the match?
Celinda: No, he doesn’t! And for such a silly reason. Andrew, Viscount Hurston, the most handsome, most gentle, most loving man a girl could ask for, has unfortunate ancestors. His great-great-great grandfather was a scandalous man during the days of the Restoration. A very wicked man, indeed. He kidnapped my father’s great-great aunt and…*whispering* well, he ruined her, and *resumes normal voice* then refused to marry her. She died in disgrace and the families have never spoken since.
Jenna: Well, that does sound like a valid reason not to want you to marry into that family. Such wild streaks run in families sometimes.
Celinda: But not in Andrew! He would never consider dishonoring a woman.
Jenna: You’ve known him long?
Celinda: For three months. But I know Andrew. He is above reproach. He has only ever treated me with the utmost respect.
Jenna: What makes Andrew so wonderful, Celinda?
Celinda: Oh, he’s very tall, and handsome, and looks divine in his evening dress! And when he waltzes with me, with his hand on my waist, I feel quite…quite…
Celinda: *gasps* Miss Jenna! How could you say such a thing?
Jenna: But you admit you are attracted to the man?
Celinda: *blushes* Yes, of course.
Jenna: And he is extremely good-looking? With a well-built body?
Celinda: Ah…yes, Andrew is a handsome man.*fans self with hand*
Jenna: And when he dances with you, you are quite overcome by the feelings his touch excites in you?
Celinda: *voice rising to a squeak* Excites! *takes a fan from reticule and fans herself rapidly* I believe it is time for me to go, Miss Jenna.
Jenna: I’m sorry if I’ve upset you, Celinda. But I feel I must advise you to take caution where Andrew is concerned. Your deep feelings for him may lead you to actions with grave consequences.
Celinda: You mean his plan to allow us to wed?
Jenna: *suspiciously* He has a plan, does he?
Celinda: *proudly* He does, indeed. A plan that’s a bit…scandalous he says, but that will make Papa insist that we marry.
Jenna: What is his plan, Celinda?
Celinda: *rises* I’m sorry to have to rush off, Miss Jenna, but I’m to meet Andrew you see, this afternoon. We’re finalizing his…our plan.
Jenna: Celinda, please, you mustn’t do anything rash. What if Andrew really isn’t the man you think he is? What if he’s just like his ancestor?
Celinda: I’m sure you’re wrong, Miss Jenna. Andrew loves me. And I’ll do anything to assure that we can be together always.
Jenna: Anything? Celinda, just what is Andrew asking you to do?
Celinda: Thank you so much for your hospitality, Miss Jenna. You must call on me after my marriage, when I am Lady Hurston. Good morning.
Jenna: *sighs* I only hope that will be possible, Celinda.
Thanks for coming by to meet Celinda. I only hope everything turns out all right for the poor girl.