The Art of Deception 35

The Art of Deception

or Pride and Extreme Prejudice


This week continues a spy story set in late Georgian England, the year before Trafalgar.  Last week, General Dumouriez managed to corner Alice. He looking for one thing, she another. Neither succeeds in this week’s snippet.

Mr King rose and addressed them, “Signora Catalani must rest her voice, she will return after the supper break.”

As the hum of voices rose to a loud babble, Alice asked the General again, “What can you tell me about Mr Stanton?”

“You are most interested in him, are you not?”

“I have my reasons.”

“Then he can,” the general switched back to English, “Plow his own row; I think that’s the idiom.” He bowed his leave and went in search of more compliant companionship.

Alice shrugged, it had been a long shot, but worth the candle; she walked to the room where supper was laid.

On her way in, someone accosted her, “Miss Green, Alice!”

Alice turned; there was her best friend from back home in Easterly, Sally Willis; Mr Mapleton, Alice’s erstwhile fiancé, or at least fiancé want-to-be, stood next to her.


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My apologies for creative punctuation.



Assembly’s usually had a supper break. All important for socializing. This picture, from the national trust, shows the inside of the assembly r00m (after it was restored from a movie theater). As Miss Austen would say, there are too many women. Unfortunately for Alice, her past catches up with her at this one.

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Author: rharrisonauthor

International man of mystery. Well not really, although I can mangle several languages and even read the occasional hieroglyphic. A computer scientist, an author and one of the very few people who has both an NIH grant and had a book contract. An ex- booktrope author and a photographer.

19 thoughts on “The Art of Deception 35”

  1. Someone just threw a fork into it! Unexpected appearances always mean something’s afoot. Loved the ‘worth a candle’ thought–adds a great deal of delightful authenticity to historical pieces.


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