The Art of Deception
or Pride and Extreme Prejudice
Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. This week continues a spy story set in late Georgian England, the year before Trafalgar. Last week Roderick caught sight of that blasted servant and followed her into a modiste’s. He bumped into a member of ‘the ton’ when he attempted to follow her. This week we see more of their conversation.
“I was looking for a servant, a girl; she turned into this shop.”
“She did; amazing, imagine turning into a shop; that’s not something you see every day.”
“No, I mean she entered the door.”
The young woman turned to the modiste, herself, “M. Fanchion, did you see a servant girl enter, I didn’t?”
“Mais non, Mademoiselle Green.”
The woman shrugged, “Sorry can’t help you; you will see that the gown is ready for me tomorrow?”
Lord Roderick peered inside; if the servant had entered the shop, she had vanished into the backrooms. He shook his head, “Lost the spoor …What has become of my manners?” He bowed, “May I introduce myself, Roderick … Roderick Smythe.”
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6 thoughts on “The Art of Deception 20”
Lots going on in this snippet. Sounds intriguing, with an emphasis on ‘intrigue’.
Thank you. They will be trying to intrigue each other for about a quarter of the book.
I can’t help but laugh at how much he underestimates the women. Excellent snippet
I learned a long time ago never to underestimate women. Roderick’s not quite as misogynist as he seems, but he is acting within the prejudices that were current at the time. (Almost, there were several that were patently ridiculous)
He’s kind of clueless but at least he remembers his manners! I think, based on the evidence so far, he should leave spying or catching spies to other people. But I’m really enjoying the snippets!
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