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 continued Alice’s formal introduction to Sir Roderick – who she had chased through Bristol and Bath while she thought he was a French spy. Neither of them is overly keen on the other right at this moment.
Roderick objected, “Sir, she had me arrested in Bristol, and then in Bath; I’d rather not say, Sir; it still hurts; she assaulted two militia-men and … What a tangle.”
“So I understand … why didn’t you give her the recognition signal?”
“I did, or has it changed since I’ve been out of the country?”
Alice asked, “What recognition signal, Uncle … I still can’t-”
Lord Grey laughed at the idea, “Nonsense; Alice my dear, Roderick is an accomplished agent; One of the best, ever; I can’t imagine a better mentor for you. Besides, whether you like him or not, his re-emergence into society will provide an excellent cover story; you only have to dance with him, once or twice a night at diverse assemblies. Surely, that cannot be too objectionable; it’s not like I’m asking you to accept his hand.”
Alice’s expression suggested it might be, but she remained silent.
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The dates are off by a few months but one of the things Roderick brings with him is correspondence with Aaron Burr, the then vice-president of the United States.
Most people remember Burr for his duel with Alexander Hamilton. However he was in contact with the British ambassador Anthony Merry (who appears earlier in this sequence). He, Burr that his, offered to bring part or all of the Louisiana purchase to the British for the measly sum of half-a-million dollars. That and an naval fleet. Jefferson found out and had him tried for treason. The evidence was inconclusive, but Burr joined people like Benedict Arnold in the anti-hagiography of American history. Foreign involvement in American politics goes back a long time.
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20 thoughts on “The Art of Deception 44”
It looks like Alice’s education may have been incomplete? What a ‘tangle’ indeed!
It gets damned tangled indeed (following Twain’s advice about using very). Thank you for reading.
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Always my pleasure
Love the dialogue and the dilemma! Poor Alice!
Thank you. It’s only begun to get complex.
I feel for Alice! She wasn’t told something, or maybe several things, I’m guessing. What other surprises might pop up? We’ll have to wait to find out 😉
Thank you for reading. No one is quite a reliable narrator in this story.
Enjoyed the snippet, these two are clearly meant for each other but only after a lot of travail! Which the readers will enjoy…
Thank you. That’s the idea.
Sounds like the start of a major complication.
The first of many. Thank you
Fun snippet! She has better self-control than me, for sure!
Thank you. She’ll need every bit of it before the story is finished.
It would seem that Alice, who doesn’t remember the recognition signal, could use some mentoring.
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She has a lot to learn. If she didn’t there wouldn’t be a story. Thank you for reading.
Hah! What a miscommunication they had! Love the wounded ego in his first lines of dialogue. Very ‘woe is me.’
They just spent the last few days/weeks thinking the other an enemy agent and trying to trip each other up. Bound to be a few wounded feelings. Thank you for reading.
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Now that’s an awkward situation, but I’m sure she’ll learn quickly!
Thank you. She’s a pretty quick study.
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