Here, Madeleine is called to luncheon by her Mother, Lady Parker.
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“Everybody? Has Father returned home?” Madeleine replied with some trepidation. She thought he had gone away on business.
“No, but we have a guest I am keen for you to meet with.”
Curious, Madeleine went in, however the spacious room, with quality furniture dotted around. A log fire burned in the hearth and a few ornaments adorned the Adams style mantle. Heavy wallpaper covered the walls and a patterned deep pile carpet was underfoot. The room could never be described as cold.
The first person Madeleine laid eyes on, however, as she went in was her younger sister Eloise, with her seventeen year old body draped along a chaise long. She was concentrating on some magazine that she held in her hands, and every so often pushed the long braids of her red hair back, that kept falling in front of her face. She barely looked up when Madeleine said, “Hello sister, it’s good to see you.”
Eloise looked up, smiled briefly, then went back to her magazine.
Lady Parker indicated to a man who sat with a china cup and saucer at his side.
He stood up from a seat where he had been sitting and touched his forelock.
Lady Parker said, “This is Mr. Reginald Wallace. I invited him to luncheon as he was keen to meet you.”
Madeleine scanned the stranger quickly. Tall, slender and clean cut, except for a pencil mustache that he kept stroking nervously. The man seemed to come from a good background, Madeleine could tell by his clothes. He wore dark trousers cut from good cloth and shiny black shoes. His tailored black lounge coat was open, revealing a gold, silk brocade waistcoat and white shirt.
He walked toward Madeleine and gave a half bow, taking her hand and kissing the back. “Hello, Madeleine, it’s so lovely to meet you."
He seemed to have something on his mind and Madeleine was not sure she liked him but did not want to upset her mother.