I got an idea the other night to do a post where you get to guess if something is true or false about some of my Regency characters. I thought it might be fun. 🙂 If you decide to play this game, let me know how well you did!
I’ll pose the statement in the top portion of this post, along with pictures of the characters and a quote from them.
Then, at the bottom of the post, I’ll give the answers.
Without further ado, let’s get started…
1. True or False: Nate (Lord Roderick) and Christopher (Mr. Robinson) will be friends someday.
It’s no secret the two end up making snide comments to each other whenever they’re in the same room, but will this always be the case?
Memorable quote from His Reluctant Lady: “If Christopher gives you any trouble, just have him clean out the stalls,” Lord Roderick said. “Or better yet, the chamber pots.”
Memorable quote from The Earl’s Scandalous Wife: “And last, but not least, is Claire whose kindness extends to the ends of the world, which explains why she can bear to be married to the world’s biggest grouch, Nate, who is sitting next to her.” Nate scowled at him, so Christopher added, “See what I mean? If it weren’t for her, he’d never smile.”
2. True or False: Agatha is as sexually enthusiastic as Christopher claims.
Christopher tends to have a big ego, so he has no qualms about making himself sound far more impressive than he really is. But when it comes to bragging about his sexual prowess, is he being honest, or is he exaggerating?
Memorable quote from Christopher in Ruined by the Earl: “It was a long night,” Mr. Robinson replied then stood up, making a great show of stretching and yawning. Then, with a wink, he added, “My wife is so demanding. Sometimes she won’t let me out of her bed.”
3. True or False: The Duke of Rumsey and Ethan (Lord Edon) will get along some day.
The worst day of the Duke of Rumsey’s life was when he saw his daughter marry Ethan. He could barely eat or sleep for weeks afterwards, and it’s reported he religiously practices fencing in case Ethan breaks his daughter’s heart. But will he always be fencing with Ethan in mind, or will he some day learn to accept his son-in-law?
Memorable moment while the Duke is fencing with Ethan in A Most Unsuitable Earl:
“There may be a law against duels, as you pointed out, but I’m afraid accidents happen while fencing, despite the protective gear,” the Duke of Rumsey said, barely out of breath.
Gasping for air, Ethan managed to ask, “But there are no defects in your fencing clothing, are there?”
“I hope not.”
Memorable quote Ethan made in Make Believe Bride: “Everyone thinks my father-in-law is a wonderful gentleman. They think he’s incapable of doing anything bad. I’m the only one who knows the truth. Beneath the surface lies a beast.”
4. True or False. Miss Wilmington is as horrible a dresser as Celia claims.
Celia (Lady Erandon) prides herself on her fashion know-how. But is she as knowledgable as she claims, or is she letting her hatred of Miss Wilmington get in the way of her objectivity?
Memorable moment when Miss Wilmington accused Celia (Lady Erandon) of wanting to copy her fashion taste in Taming the Viscountess:
After she took a sip of the tea, Celia gave Miss Wilmington a smile. “Thank you for allowing me to visit you. I’m having trouble picking out a gown for Lady Eloise’s next social engagement, and I was wondering what you plan to buy.”
“Why? So you can get it first?” Miss Wilmington asked.
Surprised Miss Wilmington would deduce that, Celia said, “No. I have no desire to wear the same gown as you.” And that was the truth. Miss Wilmington had horrible taste in gowns. Everything she wore made her look like a frumpy old hag.
5. True or False. Lady Eloise’s motive for visiting Stephen was money that day she fell down the stairs and died.
The butler said he saw Lady Eloise fall down the stairs, thereby clearing Mr. Stephen Bachman of any guilt associated with her death. After everyone found out the Duke of Silverton wasn’t really Lady Eloise’s father, the Duke of Silverton ran off to another country, and he withdrew all money from her and Stephen. Stephen slowly built up his wealth, but she relied on lovers to support her. Were her lovers giving her enough, or did she want more?
Memorable quote by Stephen in The Marriage Contract: “A lot of people think I did, even though the butler saw her fall down the stairs all on her own. I lived here, and she lived in London. Well, on that particular day, she came here demanding money, and when I said no and locked myself in this den, she went upstairs. I’m guessing she was looking for something to sell.”
Now for the answers:
1. False. I know some of you want them to bury the hatchet at some point, but it’s never going to happen. Nate is too serious of a person to ever get along with someone as whimsical as Christopher. Their personalities clash far too much.
2. True. Once Christopher helped Agatha become comfortable with her sexuality, she became a very enthusiastic bed partner.
3. True. The Duke of Rumsey and Ethan care very much for their children, and when Ethan’s first child, Audrey, enters her first Season, Ethan is going to appreciate why the Duke worried so much about Catherine. The Duke will see how much Ethan is fretting over her and will assure him that everything will turn out fine. The two will finally understand each other in a way they never did before, and, because of that, they will get along.
4. True. Miss Wilmington is as ghastly at fashion as Celia thinks. In fact, in The Perfect Duke (which will be out next month), Miss Webb’s brother confirms this when he tells her, “I don’t know why you’re letting Miss Wilmington bother you so much. Who cares what she thinks? She can’t even figure out how to dress so that she doesn’t make people want to vomit.” Evidence of her awful fashion sense will be presented in the course of this book.
5. False. Lady Eloise wasn’t looking for money. Yes, she loved money, and she never did feel like she had enough of it. But on that particular day, she was hoping to chase Stephen into his den, which is what happened since he often made it a habit of hiding whenever she was around. (He did this after she disfigured his face. Before then, he didn’t run from her.) Anyway, she was going up the stairs because she wanted to sneak a couple of killer bees into his bedchamber. She had them secured in her reticule. Why were they never discovered? Because as she fell down the stairs, she squashed them and no one thought to look in her reticule when they hauled her body off for burial.
So how did you do? Did you get them all right? Were there any you missed? Do you have any True or False questions you’d like me to address in a future post?
This post took me about three hours to do, but I had a lot of fun doing it and would enjoy doing more.
Photo Credits of the pictures above (in the order they are presented):
- Nate: ID 11891305 © Aleksandar Todorovic | Dreamstime.com
- Christopher: ID 7819189 © Vanessa Van Rensburg | Dreamstime.com
- Christopher 2: ID 3516542 © Vanessa Van Rensburg | Dreamstime.com
- The Duke of Rumsey: ID 1383393 © Nick Stubbs | Dreamstime.com
- Ethan: ID 43285214 © Subbotina | Dreamstime.com
- Celia: ID 37446998 © Salome Hoogendijk | Dreamstime.com
- Lady Eloise: ID 74179106 © Alena Redchanka | Dreamstime.com