By Georgette Heyer
Georgette Heyer had a handful of unforgettable heroines, of which Arabella is among the so much engaging.
Daughter of a modest state clergyman, Arabella Tallant is on her method to London whilst her carriage breaks down outdoors the searching hotel 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 topics her to every kind 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 unearths he relatively 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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Saloon, indeed! ’ said Lord Fleetwood, when Brough had left the room. ‘You don’t deserve your fortune! ’ ‘I should doubt of their being Paphians,’ was all Mr Beaumaris found to say. ’ replied Lord Fleetwood. ‘What a singularly infelicitous remark! ’ Lord Fleetwood grinned at him. ‘Now, Robert, did you think – did you think – to come Tip Street over me? indd 58 6/10/09 2:20:56 PM Arabella Mr Beaumaris’s habitual aspect was one of coldness, and reserve, but sometimes he could smile in a way that not only softened the austerity of his countenance but lit his eyes with a gleam of the purest amusement.
And although your Papa would not like you to gamble precisely, there may be loo-parties, and naturally you would wish to play. ’ Sophia opened her eyes at this. ‘Papa does not like any of us to play gambling games, ma’am, does he? He says that cards are to blame for many of the evils –’ ‘Yes, my dear, very likely! ’ said Mrs Tallant, somewhat obscurely. She fidgeted with her reticule for a moment, and then added, a little consciously: ‘I should not tease Papa with telling him the whole history of our doings today, girls.
Said the Squire suddenly. ‘I’ll send Bella to London in my travelling carriage, that’s what I’ll do! No sense in wasting money on posting: it don’t matter to the girl if she spends some time on the road. What’s more, those post-chaises can’t take up all the baggage I’ll be bound Bella will have with her. ’ exclaimed Mrs Tallant, rather startled. ‘That’s it. Never use it myself: it hasn’t been out of the coach-house since my poor Eliza died. I’ll set the men on to furbish it up: it ain’t one of these smart, newfangled barouches, but it’s a handsome carriage – I bought it for Eliza, when we were first married, and it has my crest on the panel.
Arabella by Georgette Heyer