By Barbara Cartland
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Caroline felt her heart give a sudden leap. So she was to see Lord Brecon. What would he say to her? She closed the book she held in her hand and looked at Lady Brecon. ' 'Tis certain she has made mischief,' Dorcas said in her deep voice. There was no need to ask who 'she' was. All three women knew to whom Dorcas referred. ' Lady Brecon said to Caroline. 'Please tell him that I have engaged you as my companion. I would like you to start immediately at a salary of twenty pounds a year. Dorcas will see that your trunk is fetched from the Vicarage.
Yes, but go on about Mrs. Miller,' Caroline interrupted, knowing how easily Maria could be side-tracked from the main point of a story. 'It appears,' Maria went on, 'that Lady Augusta fair dotes on her nephew, Mr. ' 'Mrs. Miller's husband served with Mr. Warlingham in the Army and was killed, so I understand, at the Battle of Waterloo, and Mrs. Miller, being left with only a tiny pension, gets Mr. Warlingham to introduce her here when his lordship was away on the Continent. Lady Augusta was in charge then, but she doesn't care for housekeeping and so she gives Mrs.
I ask only to be allowed to live in this room in peace alone with my thoughts. But do not remain standing. Take off your bonnet, Miss Fry, and I would like you to read to me. ' Caroline laid her bonnet down on a chair, took up the book from a table beside the bed, and turning over the pages, came to one of her favourite poems. She knew she read well, for her governess had been most insistent that her elocution should be good. When she had finished the poem, Lady Brecon said quietly: 'That was charming!
A Duel of Hearts by Barbara Cartland