Time of Grace
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Caroline Singleton, nineteen years old and going out into the unknown to Ireland, to work as a governess in what might be a futile attempt to gain some independence for myself—but
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glowing with health and exuberance,
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“You say either too much or too little,” Ralph had told me. “Either you don’t give them enough to go on, and they think you aloof, or you embarrass them with detail.”
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I blamed the government.
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I must be brave now, I thought, but I must not just accept mindlessly the soothing words handed down by the politicians.
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Kingstown, a fishing village south of Dublin.
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The man, who introduced himself as Carter, the chauffeur,
Jane
Ooh fancy 😏 rich people are the best to babysit for 👌
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the car purred down the road.
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“Loch Lomond,”
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I had the strangest sense of familiarity, as if I knew her from somewhere long ago.
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portly
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There was a coziness about the room for which I was grateful, and I sat down on the bed without thinking.
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four-poster with a firm mattress.
Jane
??
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and soft, almost sensual lips.
Jane
Girl, you gay 🤭
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inane
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romp
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incredulous.
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gentry
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A sense of rebelliousness that occasionally welled up inside me prevented me from apologizing.
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an edge to her voice.
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impassivity
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“You haven’t been exposed to many of the Irish, I imagine?”
Jane
What kind of prejudice even is this
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distance.
Jane
Typo - forgotten end quote
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many
Jane
Another typo - may
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And of course you will attend church with us in Drogheda, the nearest town.”
Jane
Pretentious woman, this Lady
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tempted to tell her that I no longer went to church, but I did not dare.
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She was an imposing woman. I was not.
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opulence,
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The smell of beeswax had never seemed so sweet.
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prattled.
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All the Irish are Catholics.
Jane
So thats what prejudice this is
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plaintively,
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her golden locks framing her stolid little face.
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Amelia’s nurse,
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cried gaily
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If I’d had a strong and loving maternal figure, if my father had not died, I would not be here in a strange house, taking care of someone else’s child.
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my heart contracted,
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serous
Jane
Oops
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had no doubt
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I thought that trying to be as unobtrusive as possible was probably a wise decision.
Jane
???
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Our boots crunched firmly into the gravel.
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lowing
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deep in the countryside.”
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I’m going to show you my favorite spot.”
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careworn
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‘paid court’
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Yet I knew that, impossible as it seemed, I was falling in love with Grace. And I knew that I could not prevent myself. It was too late.
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Lady Wilcox was holding her annual garden party.
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Dublin Castle, the center for British administrative rule in Ireland,
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Thornley was like a rest cure in comparison to the deadening hours spent caring for her in Camden Town.
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