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As a brief sample, here is my favorite outtake from Crimson Rose. In fact, these are the first paragraphs I wrote when I began working on Crimson. Since both Mary and Vaughn tend to command the public eye, I originally intended to begin each chapter with letter and newspaper excerpts talking about their doings. This excerpt below consists of two letters from Miss Lucy Ponsonby which were originally meant to head up Chapter One, one about Mary, the other to Mary:
“…of all things the most wonderful! I nearly Burst with Laughter when I heard the news. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t had it from Percy, who saw them together—Letty and Lord Pinchingdale, that is—with his own two eyes! It’s a pity Letty caught him (such a freckled little thing!), but I can much better stomach her as Lady Pinchingdale than our Miss Mary…. If you were Mary, wouldn’t you simply Expire of Shame? Balked at the altar by her sister! Perhaps now she won’t be so high in the instep….”
— From Miss Lucy Ponsonby to Miss Myrtia Debenham, 2 July, 1803
“My dearest Mary, I want you to know that all my best wishes are with you in this Most Trying time. I think it absolutely appalling the way Letty behaved, and I cannot understand Lord Pinchingdale at all. He always seemed so devoted. But then Men are such Fickle Creatures, unlike the True Friendship to be found between women. With all the fond and outraged outpourings of my Deepest Heart, I remain your most loving, most loyal LUCY.”
— From Miss Lucy Ponsonby to Miss Mary Alsworthy, 3 July, 1803
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