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 time things came to an unseemly head on the floor of the assembly.
In the morning, Sally and her fiancé, Mr Mapleton strolled together in the lower Avonside garden, “Alice said she’d meet us here; I can’t believe she would be so rude, as cold as she was last night.”
“It certainly was unlike her; I suppose she’s jealous of us.”
“Even so, we were the best of friends; it was almost the cut direct; has she grown so high and mighty as to forget mere gentleman’s daughters?”
A servant girl approached them and curtsied, “Ma’am?”
“Yes, what is it?” Sally struggled to keep the annoyance from her voice; it wasn’t this poor maid’s fault that she’d had words with her former best friend last night.
“Ma’am, I was told to give you this,” She gave Sally a folded letter, “It’s from my mistress.”
Sally snatched it and broke the seal, “It’s for me; you may go.”
The maid stayed.
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Most of us don’t have servants (indeed many of our ancestors were servants). So one thing we tend to not appreciate is their ubiquity. A maid could go anywhere without much comment. They saw things that “polite society” would miss. Rather useful for a spy, don’t you think?
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17 thoughts on “The Art of Deception 38”
I was curious as to how Alice is going to manage her cover. The maid seems a little more assertive than usual.
Thank you. Had I 20 lines … but you’re right about the maid.
Hmmm, what is in that letter… Intriguing!
Thank you. It will be important and be part of bringing part 2 to a close.
Not good news, I’m sure. Nice scene!
Hmm, is she overstepping? Why is she lingering? Great snip.
Good point about the servants being everywhere and yet unseen. Interesting snippet – I really wonder why the maid lingers. So that’s quite effective!
Had I 20 lines … next week. Thank you.
Hm, I wonder if the maid expects a reply, or is supposed to report on the reaction to the message. You’re definitely right about servants being generally inconspicuous.
To quote Slartybartfast, “All will be made clear or at least clearer.” Thank you
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Intriguing. I wonder what was in the letter and why the maid was compelled to stay.
Ooo what’s in the letter?!
You know, we never actually find out – stay tuned. Thank you
You’ve raised some good questions with this snippet. Good job. Love the pictures.
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