By Jane Wenham-Jones
100 invaluable and hilarious advice for battling the flab and searching your most sensible from Jane Wenham-Jones, best-selling writer and columnist.
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Mary picked up another skein and began fumbling with the knot. After a moment I took it from her, freed it, and handed it back. “I’m sorry, Mary. I didn’t mean to accuse you. ” She shrugged. “Maybe it was meant to be. ” We lapsed into silence again, and then I remembered a question that had been nagging me all day. ” “Consumption. I suppose she picked it up on the boat from Europe. ” “Only rumors. According to those, their family were executed for supporting the White Army. Alexander was spared as a well-known musician; he and Tasha were away from home when it happened.
When the girls’ school term ended, the family moved to Eden’s Meadow for the summer. Here, finally, I uncovered the focus of my aunt’s flirtation and my mother’s discomfort in the photograph Mary and I had found. His name was Louis Ducoeur, and he was a relation to the couple who owned Joyous Garde, the former indigo plantation near Eden’s Meadow. He was several years older than the twins and had grown up with his widowed mother in France. The Ducoeurs of Joyous Garde were elderly and childless; upon their deaths, the estate would pass to Louis.
Though I imagine Maman had something to do with that, too. She would never say so, but I know that she is as wary of Louis as Elizabeth is, and of course Elizabeth is her favorite. How can they be so blind? I had not thought of it seriously before, but it seems now that I must go away to a conservatory when I am finished with school next year, and pursue a performing career, no matter what Maman and Papa say. I don’t know how I can bear another minute with all of this so close to me, let alone the rest of my life.
100 Ways to Fight the Flab: The Wannabe Guide to a Better Bottom by Jane Wenham-Jones