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By Georgette Heyer

Refusing her fortune-hunting suitors, Kitty Charing despairs of discovering a guy who would like her for herself and runs away, until eventually the hazards of town make her boldly suggest to the based Mr. Standen of London. Reprint.

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Mr Standen had no difficulty in appreciating this. He said 43 1/30/08 12:05 PM Page 44 georgette heyer with considerable feeling: ‘By Jupiter, yes! Not to be wondered at. You’d find him a dead bore. Handsome fellow, of course, but too mackerelbacked, if you ask me. Never saw anyone make a worse bow. Offered to teach him once, but all he did was to look down his nose, and say it was very obliging of me, but he wouldn’t trouble me. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t. ’ declared Kitty. ‘But I didn’t care for that!

It is not at all to be wondered at. ’ ‘Very true,’ Hugh concurred. ‘I have frequently observed to my uncle that the indulgence of some degree of rational amusement should be granted to you, Kitty. Alas, I fear that his 25 1/30/08 12:05 PM Page 26 georgette heyer habits and prejudices are fixed! ’ Biddenden said. ‘And so it must always be while you remain under this roof, Kitty! ’ From his lengthening upper lip it was to be deduced that this sketch of the future made little appeal to the Rector.

He announced bitterly. The white tops of these, which incontrovertibly proclaimed his dandyism, were hidden by the folds of a very long and voluminous driving-coat, lined with silk, embellished with several shoulder-capes, and secured across his chest by a double row of very large buttons of mother of pearl. Upon his brown locks, carefully anointed with Russian oil, and cropped à la Titus, he wore a high-crowned beaver-hat, set at an exact angle between the rakish and the precise; on his hands were gloves of York tan; under one arm he carried a 1/30/08 12:05 PM Page 34 georgette heyer malacca cane.

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