By Georgette Heyer
At the eve of conflict, passions are operating high... ''A outstanding achievement...vivid, actual, dramatic...the description of Waterloo is magnificent.''-DAILY MAIL ''My favourite ancient novelist.''-MARGARET DRABBLE in the summertime OF 1815, with Napolean Bonaparte marching down from the north, Brussels is a whirlwind of events, balls and soirees. within the swirling social scene surrounding the Duke of Wellington and his noble aides de camp, nobody draws extra consciousness than the gorgeous, outrageous younger widow woman Barbara Childe. On their first assembly, speeding Colonel Charles Audley proposes to her, yet even their betrothal does not calm her wild habit. eventually, with the conflict of Waterloo raging simply miles away, civilians fleeing and the wounded pouring again into town, girl Barbara discovers the place her middle fairly lies, and prefer a real noblewoman, she rises to the party, and to the calls for of affection, existence and war... ''Wonderful characters, stylish, witty writing, ideal interval element, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the remainder of us in simple terms aspire to.'' -KATIE FFORDE
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Said Judith, smiling with a little amusement. ‘I had no idea that she was back in Brussels! ’ breathed Miss Devenish. ’ Miss Devenish made no reply to this observation, her attention remaining fixed upon the two ladies who had come into the salon. The elder, Lady Vidal, was a handsome brunette, whose air, dress, and deportment all proclaimed the lady of fashion. She was accompanied by her husband, the Marquis of Vidal, a fleshy InfamousArmy Internals 2 4 7/20/07 G E O R G E T T E 3:18 PM Page 24 H E Y E R man, with a shock of reddish hair, a permanent crease between thick, sandy brows, and a rather pouting mouth.
There does seem to be something about Bab which drives quite sensible men distracted. ’ ‘Yes, so do I,’ said Georgiana regretfully. ’ Judith could not help laughing, but she assured her vivacious young friend that she was very well as she was. ‘All the nicest men pay their court to Georgy,’ she said. ’ ‘Yes,’ sighed Georgiana, looking pensively in the direction of the Count. ‘Very true. As his carriage conveyed him and his ladies home to the Rue Ducale he said in a peevish tone that he wondered Bab could bear to have that foreign fellow for ever at her elbow.
And when have I ever been behind the mode? Consider, too, the range of possibilities! Only think of the Guards positively massed in the neighbourhood. I have only to drive to Enghien to find an eligible parti. InfamousArmy Internals 7/20/07 3:18 PM Page 33 An Infamous Army 3 3 The cavalry, too! ’ ‘That means we shall have George here, I suppose,’ said Augusta, without any appearance of gratification. ‘Yes, but never mind that! What do you say to a gallant hussar? The 10th are coming out and they wear such charming clothes!