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, after service, she escorted ‘her charge’ Lucy to visit Mr Spode and delivered the details of a proposed trip to Bath. Roderick and his companion await them in Bath. They’re staying in the Pelican, a “historic” coach inn even in the regency. The great Doctor Johnson had stayed there. Hopefully, they’d changed the sheets since then.
“Roddy, old chap, we can afford a much better place than this; it’s old and out of the way.”
“I know, which is precisely why I chose it.”
“But I can’t entertain Miss Haytor here,” Edward stated his real objection.
“True, hire a parlour at the York or the Bell if you want, or simply take her to the pump room.”
“Have you tasted the waters?”
“Thoroughly disgusting and therefore good for you.”
“You are not being helpful, Lord Fitzpatrick.”
“Seriously, Edward; this is for the best; you don’t know anything about the lovely Lucinda; if her companion weren’t so dashed smoky I’d gladly push your case.”
“She’s a sweet, lovely innocent-”
“Accompanied by a skilled French spy; I hope, for your sake, she’s been duped by the dashing Miss Mapleton or Miss Green … if either of those are her real name, which I doubt; because otherwise she’s for the drop.”
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My apologies for creative punctuation.
The Pelican was not fashionable. This picture, from the 1920’s, shows the stables. It was relatively inexpensive, and out of the way on the London side of town. Fashionable people stayed at places like “The York Family Hotel” or “The Christopher.” The Christopher was rebuilt after those dashed Germans bombed it, but is now out of business. You can still stay in the York. The Pelican survived into the twentieth century but was demolished before world war 2.
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10 thoughts on “The Art of Deception 25.”
Yes, the waters at Bath are a big disappointment, especially for something so famous.
I know. My brother-in-law lives about 15 miles away so I’ve been there a few times. They were using the Roman drains until early this century. (They finally clogged and had to discovered – that’s good plumbing.)
Love the dialogue. That was great! 😀
Interesting situation they’re in, staying at the less known inn. Enjoyed the snippet and the information on the various inns. Great stuff!
One of the very few errors in Georgette Heyer’s books is to have this inn with three points.
You have the dialogue down just right. Really enjoying this piece, thank you.
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I wonder what it was like to hire a parlour? Not like renting a hall and having it catered these days I’ll wager. Perhaps if one had high tea served. Interesting snippet.
Reasonably fancy pubs had rooms you could hire – away from the common herd. If you’ve seen the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice, there’s a scene where Kitty and Lydia hire an upstairs room to await Elizabeth’s return. That’s a parlour.
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