|Cover artist||Arthur Barbosa|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
Sir Gareth is a noted Corinthian and has been a confirmed bachelor ever since his betrothed died prematurely, seven years ago. He decides for practical reasons to marry an old friend, Hester, who is unfashionable and plain, not to mention "on the shelf" at the age of 29. However, he soon meets a young, run-away girl and determines to resolve her problems satisfactorily. Unfortunately, this particular runaway is possessed of an extremely lively imagination, and gets them both into a little more trouble than he had bargained for.
The piece is reminiscent of Charity Girl, also about a wiser and more experienced man helping a young girl to find her feet while avoiding becoming romantically entangled with her.
Sir Gareth Ludlow - a Corinthian who never got over the death of his fiancée, Clarissa Lincoln seven years ago.
Lady Hester Theele - 29, eldest daughter of Lord Brancaster
Lord Theele, Earl of Brancaster - Lady Hester's widowed father, profligate member of the Prince Regent's set, country seat is Brancaster Park, Chatteris
Lord Theele, Viscount Whidmore - Lady Hester's brother
Cliff - Lord Theele's butler
Povey - Lady Hester's maid
Amanda 'Smith' - intrepid daughter of general, 17
Captain Neil - a brigade major
Mrs Beatrix Wetherby Sir Gareth's sister
Mr Warren Wetherby - Sir Gareth's brother-in-law
The Reverend Augustus Whiteleaf - Lord Brancaster's chaplain, aspirant to Lady Hester's hand
The Honourable Fabian Theele - Lord Brancaster's brother, a roué
Trotton - Sir Gareth's groom
Mr & Mrs Sheet - proprietors of an inn at Bythorn
Mr Joe Ninfield - a farmhand, godson of Mrs Sheet
Mrs & Mrs Chicklaid - proprietors of the Bull Inn at Little Staughton
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