This is a repost of my interview with Elizabeth Black, Dowager Countess of Townson on her take on Liberty and Paul…
Hello again, today I have the ever-blunt Elizabeth Black with me. You may remember her as Andrew’s mother from Intentions of the Earl. She’s graciously agreed to meet with me today and I wager we’ll get no refusals to discuss certain topics today.
Quite right. I’ll tell you whatever you want to know.
I bet you will. I understand you’re going to be a grandmother soon, is that exciting?
Yes, very. I was a bit surprised when I’d heard Andrew had married, but shocked really to find Brooke was expecting.
Yes. When it was discovered she’d not conceived on her wedding night, like I had, I figured my chances of ever holding a grandchild had just evaporated. Apparently, my son was better at convincing his wife to share his bed again than my husband was. Not that he ever tried.
Quite likely. Enough on that. Tell me, do you like Brooke?
Of course I do! She’s the prefect daughter-in-law for me. See, like me, she seems not to give a fig about the rules of propriety. We get along very well, indeed.
Wonderful. I’m glad I could write two people who get along so well. But, I must know, does she do anything that gets on your nerves? Even just a little?
She has this habit of dragging out all her miniatures and regaling me with stories of her and her sisters. Not that I mind too terribly, mind you. It’s just, well, at times she reminds me of a ninety year old dowager showing off miniatures of her children and grandchildren. Most odd really.
Would it be safe to say you could identify one of her family members in a crowd.
Without a doubt. I could even tell you their interest, naughty deeds as children, even their most embarrassing secrets. I know it all.
Do you have any opinions about Liberty?
That girl needs to quit consulting books about manners in an attempt to find a husband. If she truly wants one of those annoying creatures, she needs to let her hair down and embrace the feelings I suspect she has for a certain individual.
You suspect she has feelings for someone?
Of course she does. No proper young lady gets driven to use the word ballocks by just anyone. Trust me, with all the information Brooke has poured out upon me, I have a sneaking suspicion Liberty has quite an infatuation with the man. Unfortunately, she’ll never admit it to anyone, particularly herself.
Hmm. Do you think she could be convinced to admit to such an emotion?
I suppose. But it doesn’t matter. From what I understand Brooke’s father has forbiden her to even go near the man after she elbowed him in the very same ballocks she accused him of not having.
Brooke told you that?
Not in quite so many words, but I got the general idea. Though I do get the impression she hadn’t intended to hit him there, but the result was the same, nonetheless.
Yes, well, I think that does it for today. Thank you for taking your time travel carriage to the year 2011 to talk to me, Elizabeth. Join me tomorrow for an exclusive interview with Turner, the family’s unusually unusual butler! Until then!