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Inside this Book – Eleanor Chivenham lay in the big bed and shivered. There was no fire in her room, and for late April the weather was unseasonably cold. The ill-fitting window rattled and let in a steady stream of chilly, damp air, but this was not what caused her tremors. It was the noises reaching her from the lower floors of her brother’s house. Crashes, raucous singing, and shrieks of feminine laughter told of yet another debauch. It had been the same nearly every night during the two months she had lived in the narrow house on Derby Square. The days were little better, for the house was constantly dirty and stale from the previous evening, and the staff were slovenly and impudent. Eleanor sighed for her home, Chivenham Hall in Bedfordshire. She had been left there in peace by her brother, Lionel, until he had finally sold the place to pay his debts. True, it had not been a life of luxury, for only three servants had stayed to receive Lionel’s niggardly wages. So little money had been provided to run the place that they had been reduced to eating only what they could grow themselves, and repairing and patching the old building as best they could.
Inside this book –An Arranged Marriage PDF Book by Jo Beverley – The next morning there were few places in London where Lord Stainbridge wanted to be less than Derby Square, where Lionel Chivenham had his mouldering house. That, however, was where his footsteps had taken him. His unease and suspicions about the events of the previous night pricked at him. He must know more. There were no gentry about so early in the morning, but servants could be seen cleaning steps, polishing brass, and making purchases from passing hawkers. None of this activity, however, illuminated the dreamlike events of the previous night. Chivenham had put him in a hackney, and once home his valet had seen him safely to his bed. He scarcely recollected any of it. He had awakened quite early with a sour dryness in his mouth but without an alcoholic hangover. Almost against his will he had been drawn back to this house. He stood for a while, leaning against the wrought iron railings of the small garden in the center of the square, worrying his chin with his silver-headed cane. He gazed at Chivenham’s tall, narrow house as if it could give him some answers to his bewilderment, partly convinced that what he remembered of the night before must be a dream produced by drugs. He knew there were some people who had a fondness for, even an addiction to, opium.
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