By Georgette Heyer

Refusing her fortune-hunting suitors, Kitty Charing despairs of discovering a guy who would really like her for herself and runs away, until eventually the hazards of town make her boldly suggest to the stylish Mr. Standen of London. Reprint.

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1/30/08 12:05 PM Page 24 georgette heyer you must believe that I share them! That my great-uncle would make me the recipient of his fortune was a thought that has never crossed my head: if I have ever indulged my brain with speculations on the nature of his intentions, I have supposed that he would bequeath to his adopted child a respectable independance, and the residue of his estate to that member of the family whom we know to be his favourite great-nephew. ’ repeated Kitty, as though the word were unknown.

Demanded Kitty. ‘Jack,’ said Mr Standen. ‘Mind, I thought it was a dashed smoky thing! In fact, I settled it with myself I wouldn’t come. Well, what I mean is, I ain’t such a green ’un as to fall into one of Jack’s take-ins! But, you know, Kit, this is a devilish business! Why, if I hadn’t chanced to meet you I should have found myself dished-up! ’ ‘That’s it. Met him at Limmer’s last night. Told me he let Scott make it for him. Pity! ’ interrupted Kitty. ’ ‘Well, that’s it. ’ demanded Kitty.

He smoothed his sleeve carefully, and was inclined to think that no irreparable damage had been done to it. ’ announced Kitty. ‘At least, I suppose I must for a little while, but I won’t remain there, meekly waiting for—for some obliging person to marry me! By hook or by crook I mean to go to London! Ever since I was seventeen I have yearned to go. Uncle Matthew will not let me. He says it would be a great waste of money, and that it is not to be thought of. It is useless to argue with him upon that head: in fact, it is much worse than useless, because the last time I begged him to let me go with Fish, for one week, only to see the sights, he went to bed, and stayed there for a fortnight, and would do nothing but throw things at Spiddle and poor Fish, and groan in the most affecting way whenever I entered his room!

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