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By Georgette Heyer

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A earlier dispute ...
When the irascible Lord Darracott's eldest son dies suddenly, the noble relations needs to settle for their estranged Yorkshire cousin as inheritor obvious. they're confident he'll turn out to be a unfortunately vulgar individual, yet not anything may have ready the beleaguered kin for the arriving of significant Hugo Darracott ...

A current deception...
His shrewdpermanent and lovely cousin Anthea is certain there is extra to the light monstrous than Hugo's blameless blue eyes and vast Yorkshire brogue could lead one to think. yet even she does not bet what he is able to, till a kin obstacle arises and basically Hugo can look after the family's honor, prime every person on a merry chase within the approach ...

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Not to mention my father used to be Quality-make, he was once an excessive amount of of a care-for-nobody for Granddad: caper-witted, he known as him. Shutful along with his brass, too, which used to place Granddad, via what I’m instructed, right into a infrequent ardour. yet Granddad’s bark used to be worse than his chew, and he got here around to the wedding in any case. It’s a pity you by no means met him: you’d have agreed jointly greater nor you're thinking that. ’ Lord Darracott, nearly surprised, sought in useless for phrases with which to dispel this phantasm. prior to he may possibly locate them, Hugo had additional thoughtfully: ‘You placed me in brain of him now-and-now, quite in case you begin ringing a peal over anyone. even though, you didn’t ship for me to discuss Granddad, so most probably I’m wasting precious time, sir. ’ ‘I desire to pay attention not anything approximately your granddad, as you name him, or your mom, or the lifestyles you led if you happen to have been a boy! ’ declared his lordship, his face nonetheless alarmingly suffused with color. ‘Understand me, that interval is rarely to be pointed out! i like to recommend you to place it from your brain! It shouldn’t be tricky: you’ve been a serving officer for the previous ten years, and should have different issues to speak of. I gather that there are not any longer any ties binding you to Yorkshire, and that situation i will not yet regard as lucky. I’ll be undeniable with you: considering I can’t preserve you from succeeding me I suggest to work out you licked into form prior to I stick my spoon within the wall. ’ ‘Nay, we can’t inform yet what I’ll holiday my neck over a rasper, or burst off within the smallpox,’ interposed Hugo, in a heartening tone. ‘Where the satan did you learn how to hunt? ’ exclaimed his lordship. ‘In Portugal. ’ ‘Oh! ’ His lordship sat for a minute or digesting this. ‘Well, that’s greater than I was hoping for! ’ he stated almost immediately. ‘You’ll have the capacity to hunt from the following: it’s humbug state, yet you’ll see lots of recreation. I used to seek within the shires, yet I’m getting too previous for it now. bought my inn in Leicestershire a few years in the past. simply besides I did! I must have had that neck-or-nothing boy of mine coming to grief over these fences, yes as a gun! ’ ‘I’ve a complicated to seek within the shires myself,’ confessed Hugo. ‘In truth –’ ‘Oh, you might have, have you ever? Then you’d most sensible rid your self of it! ’ interrupted his lordship sardonically. ‘Behave your self, and I’ll make you a decent allowance, however it won’t run to the Quorn or the Pytchley, so don’t imagine it! ’ ‘Nay, I wasn’t pondering it! ’ spoke back Hugo, having a look a bit startled. ‘Nor of your making me an allowance neither, sir. I’m a lot obliged to you, yet I don’t wish that: I’ve lots of brass. ’ Lord Darracott was once amused. ‘Ay, your wallet are well-lined simply because you’ve simply had the prize-money for the Peninsula and Waterloo paid to you. i do know all approximately that, and without doubt it sort of feels a fortune to you. You’ll switch your rules a bit while you’ve learnt the methods of my global. ’ ‘My grandfather left me a few brass too,’ acknowledged Hugo diffidently. ‘What you decide to do along with your different grandfather’s mark downs isn't any challenge of mine: spend them as you would like!

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