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Cotillion by Georgette Heyer
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Oct 27, 11

Read in October, 2011 — I own a copy

One of the most charming of Heyer's Regency romances. This one has it all: a heroine's introduction to London and Society, not one or two but three frustrated relationships, a slew of repellent relatives all around, much yummy fashion, and a handsomely orchestrated happy ending.
This book also has a good demonstration of the use of dimwittedness in a protagonist. A resolutely stupid character is annoying. If he is clueless from beginning to end it makes the reader want to slap him. ("How can you be so dumb, can't you SEE that she meant well, stabbing you in the chest with a steak knife?")
Here, Freddy is a social butterfly and an acknowledged dimbulb. But under the lash of necessity he rapidly improves, saving the day for everybody at the final crisis. By the end his fiancee is commenting upon his wisdom and his parents are marveling at his perspicuity. The ability to rise to an occasion is highly admirable, exactly what is called for in a hero.
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