In the course of my writing I have stumbled across a newspaper article from the Arianople Argus and thought it might be of interest:
Madam G―’s Gossip Guide*
All of Society is aflutter after Sunneday’s Gallows Gathering which saw the Fashion Set out in force. In attendance were Mrs Med―, Th― Pasha, Mr Pel―, Ma― Pasha and divers others all in splendid attire.
I am reliably informed that nothing untoward occurred at the event, however perhaps that is because the whole assembly was most diverted by the presence of Fe― Pasha in his annual return to the city. Still this eligible gentleman is without attachment and I know of several women of distinction who wish to put their own daughters forward for the role! The young lady will have to be prepared for a life lived in partial exile, however, as the latest intelligence has it that the palace is showing no signs of easing up on the Pasha’s punishment. Of course, that would be an easy price to pay for the quality of the prize on offer!
Such gentlewomen will be disappointed (or perhaps relieved), then, to note that Fe― Pasha has expressed interest in no particular lady. Perhaps he is still pining for the ‘one that got away’…
My spies do inform me, however, that he made the acquaintance of the young Miss M―. This gentlewoman from foreign climes came to the City of Cities but one month ago and has quite set the town afire with her unusual beauty and charming modesty – she insists on being called ‘Miss’, when I hear that she is entitled to a far grander title owing to her status in the West, from whence she came.
At the Gathering she looked quite well indeed in a gown of periwinkle blue taffeta with, so I am told, three whole yards of Felham lace! Clearly this lady was out to impress and yet she managed to do so with her characteristic art – avoiding the excesses that mar true distinction in a Lady of Fashion.
I do hear, however, that her dignity was somewhat ruffled during a conversation with Fe― Pasha and others, about what I cannot say, but it did seem to pique the Pasha’s interest, even if for only a short while. Perhaps he is not pining so much as we might think…
Of course, I cannot speculate on such things, but if ever a gentlewoman were to capture the heart of a certain gentleman, then one could do worse than place bets on the latest toast of the town.
*The title is indeed a nod to Marie Antoinette’s Gossip Guide to the 18th Century and The Duchess of Devonshire’s Gossip Guide to the 18th Century – I love their pages!