By James Anderson
After which there have been 8 - Understandably, Lord Burford had a few misgivings approximately website hosting one other condominium social gathering at Alderley, his appealing nation mansion. in the end, the former might at most sensible be defined as disastrous. yet with relatives vacationing down for a relative's funeral, the Earl rather had no selection yet to supply them lodging. It did not take lengthy for issues to begin going flawed. one of many visitors claimed she had wisdom that may spoil the others' reputations, yet fortunately not anyone took her heavily sufficient to take offence. a minimum of, that is what they idea up until eventually her physique was once came across.
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Never made the West End, but might have done, if I hadn't got married. And I certainly don't regret that. People thought I was just Bertie's little bit of fluff and I craftily trapped him into marriage. Not so. It was a love match, even though he was a good bit older than me. And I worked hard to make sure he'd never be ashamed of me. In a few months I could speak and dress so you wouldn't know the difference between me and a Duchess. And I gave him a son. John was the apple of his eye. May sound shocking, but I'm always grateful Bertie died when he did.
Strewth, but this place was costing him a fortune. How long would he be able to keep it up? Or Poppy, for that matter? He was going to have to do something about it. But what? Poppy was such a clinger. And she wouldn't forgive easily if he just dumped her. He had to keep her sweet. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for that damned letter he'd written her. What a fool he'd been! Tipsy at the time, of course, and in those days he'd been really smitten by her, but that was no excuse. He had to get out of this entanglement soon.
You could get your divorce and never have to worry about who saw us. And it's not as though the salary is up to much. ' 'Yes, but you don't understand. I'm on the Board of six companies, five of whom only want me because it looks good to have an MP on their letter heads. I'm an adviser to two business associations, simply because the idiots believe I can influence Government policy, or at least know what it's going to be. Then there's the odd bit of journalism. I'd lose all that if I gave up my seat.
Affair of the Thirty-nine Cufflinks by James Anderson