By Georgette Heyer
Georgette Heyer had a handful of unforgettable heroines, of which Arabella is without doubt one of the such a lot engaging.
Daughter of a modest nation clergyman, Arabella Tallant is on her strategy to London while her carriage breaks down outdoors the searching resort of the rich Mr. Robert Beaumaris. Her satisfaction stung whilst she overhears a comment of her host's, Arabella pretends to be an heiress, a pretense that deeply amuses the jaded Beau. To counter her white lie, Beaumaris launches her into excessive society and thereby matters her to all types of fortune hunters and different embarrassments.
When compassionate Arabella rescues such unlucky creatures as a mistreated chimney sweep and a mixed-breed mongrel, she foists them upon Beaumaris, who reveals he really enjoys the position of rescuer and is quickly given the chance to end up his worthy within the individual of Arabella's impetuous younger brother...
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The Squire seemed satisfied with this, asked jovially after the health of his godson and namesake, and set about pressing cold meat and wine upon his guests. indd 35 6/10/09 2:20:51 PM Georgette Heyer He stared, first at her, and then at Arabella. ‘Eh? What’s that you say? ’ Mrs Tallant, frowning reprovingly at Sophia, explained the matter. He listened very intently, nodding, and pursing up his lips, as his habit was when he was interested; and after turning it over in his mind for several moments, began to perceive what an excellent thing it was, and to congratulate Arabella upon her good fortune.
Those who had never seen it were inclined to think him a proud, disagreeable sort of a man, though only the most daring would ever have uttered aloud such a criticism of one who, besides possessing all the advantages of birth and fortune, was an acknowledged leader of society. Lord Fleetwood, no stranger to that smile, saw it dawn now, and grinned more broadly than ever. ‘How can you, Charles? ’ Arabella entered the room to find both its occupants laughing, and thus had the felicity of seeing Mr Beaumaris at his best.
She commanded the houseboy to summon the ubiquitous Joseph Eccles up to the Parsonage, and desired the pair of them to fetch down from one of the attics two formidable trunks. Joseph, who had been employed by the Vicar since the first year of his marriage as the farm-hand, considered himself the mainstay of the establishment, and was only too ready to oblige the ladies; and he lingered in the dressing-room, proffering counsel and encouragement in the broadest of Yorkshire dialects until kindly but firmly dismissed.
Arabella by Georgette Heyer