Things at the school have been quite hectic lately, with my young ladies marrying at a dizzying pace. Poor Lucy Seton, however, one of my favorite graduates, has had a most difficult year ever since that scoundrel Peter Burnes broke her heart by choosing a rich heiress for his betrothed. To keep her mind off the matter, I asked her to step in when one of my less reliable teachers quit without notice. So Lucy will be teaching drawing at the school for now.
I can only hope that keeping her busy will distract her from her troubles. At least now she fully understands what I have been drilling into my students from the beginning: Any man who puts his purse above his heart is not worth the having. It is very important for these young ladies to separate the fawning fortune-hunters from the genuine gentlemen. Young women are so easily swayed by flattery that they can overlook the glint of avarice in a young mans eye.
I do wish Lucy hadnt had to learn this lesson the hard way, however. She is such a passionate young womanI would hate to think that dreadful Burnes has broken her spirit. If anyone deserves to find love, it is young Lucy. Her loyalty to her friendsand to my schoolspeaks to her fine character. I only wish I could find a man good enough for her.
Perhaps I should ask Cousin Michael, my anonymous benefactor, for help in that regard
or perhaps not. His letters have been rather sharp of late. I dont know quite what to make of him.
But one way or the other, I intend to see Lucy Seton happily settled. What sort of friend and instructor would I be if I did not?
Most sincerely yours,
Owner and headmistress
Mrs. Harriss School for Young Ladies
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To my wonderful Puerto Rican sister-in-law,
Erika Martin, who helped me with the Spanish in this book.
Thanks for being such a doll!
Late April 1824
How thoughtless of your drawing instructor to quit just before the Easter term begins! At least you have Miss Seton to help you until you can replace the irresponsible woman. Though I do hope she has grown out of what you called her inability to think before speaking.
Your friend and cousin,
ucinda Seton needed an impressive suitor, and she needed onenow.
A prince would be her first choice, but shed settle for a duke or even a marquess, preferably one who was filthy rich.
Not that she cared about riches, oh no. Expensive phaetons tearing neck-or-nothing through town made her retch, and hothouse roses made her sneeze. Jewels were rather nice, but a lot of trouble to watch out for when strolling with ones maid in the parks.
No, she wanted an impressive suitor for one reason only: to make Peter Burnes eat his words.
Tears stinging her eyes, she paced the bedroom at Mrs. Harriss School for Young Ladies that would be hers for the next few weeks. Fie on that wretch! She jerked a shawl from her half-unpacked trunk. How could she still be crying over him? And how could that heartless blackguard choose some milk-and-water miss overher?
The memory of their humiliating exchange at last Saturdays ball made her cringe as she tucked her shawl into the chest of drawers. Bad enough that shed foolishly asked him how they stood. But his answer
Given my new position in society, Lucy, I require a more suitable wife. Someone of a settled and responsible disposition, not a hot-blooded hoyden who says the first thing that pops into her head.