01 JanDiary Of A Week In The Life of a Regency Romance Era Chaperon Day Four Thursday

One Week During The Season: Taken From The Diary of a Matchmaking Mama From Early 19th Century England, and presented as written over a period of seven days.  Day Four, Thursday, In Which we receive unfortunate news and attend a dinner and a musicale.

Thursday.  I have determined that I shall not say any thing about Captain Lee to Emily, as he will soon be off to India.  Despite my sore throat, I was duty bound to go out early to return visits.  Several cards were left in my absence; amongst others those of Captains Fortescue and Granby and Mr. Carpenter.  Afterwards, I dined at Lady Caroline Elliott’s, and called for Emily to go to the concert at eleven. The dinner party consisted of twenty-four people, far too many to be agreeable.  Lady Caroline imparted the latest on dit to me—a shade too eagerly, I must say.  I listened to my great dismay, only to hear that Sir Horace had proposed to her good friend, Miss Stanby, last evening, at Almack’s, and that he had been accepted.  Who would have doubted that the Stanbys would have accepted six thousand a year?  When I made known the marriage to Emily, I could not help scolding her bitterly, for having so foolishly lost such an excellent chance.  She answered with the greatest pertness, that she thought she had come to an age when she could judge for herself, and that it was perfectly immaterial to her, who Sir Horace married. This insolence was insufferable, and I made her fully aware of my opinion.

We arrived at Cavendish House where Grisi and Rubini were singing a most beautiful duet from Anna Bolena.  Emily was almost instantly surrounded by an idle coterie of gay young men.  Much to my annoyance, it was quite the crush and there was no possibility of procuring a chair for love or for money.  I was forced to stand, first resting on one foot, and then on the other, till I was ready to faint from fatigue; so that the beautiful strains of Grisi, Brambillia, Ivanhoff, and Rubini, received with delight by the vast crowd, and encored with reiterated plaudits, merely gave a prolongation to my miserable torture.  I never was more relieved than when the unhappy evening was over.

I invited some people for Vauxhall Gardens on the morrow, as Emily is very anxious to see the fireworks of the “Fete de Versailles.” If they all should attend, our party will be Lady and Miss Talbot, Lord, Lady, and the Miss Vernons, Mrs. and the Miss Munfords, Lords Lovell, Bruce, and Arthur Tresham, Sir Henry Clifford, Mr. Carpenter, and the two Mr. Talbots with the party to assemble at eleven o’clock, and afterwards adjourn to my house for supper, and finish with dancing.

Officially, most historians will agree that the dates of Regency Romance Era England extend only from 1811 to 1820 when King George III was deemed unfit to rule by reason of insanity and his son Prince George IV-more familiarly known to all lovers of <strong>Regency Romance</strong> era novels as Prinny-ruled by proxy as the Prince Regent.  However, as I, and  most lovers of the <strong>Regency Romance</strong> era in general will quickly tell you, they don’t really care so much for the formal politics of the era as they do the culture, architecture, literature, fashions, and romanticized societal norms.  It is, in fact, the unique culture of the era and the romantic doings of the wealthy classes as most often presented by Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer that draw the Regency lover’s attention and hold our hearts.  Therefore, for these purposes, this most romantic of eras can easily be extended from 1795 when The Prince Regent wed Caroline of Brunswick, until his death as King George IV in 1830, and even beyond, until the death of his brother and heir William IV in 1837, when Queen Victoria ascended the British throne ushering in an era of change.

Teresa Thomas Bohannon
Author of the Regency Romance novel
A Very Merry Chase.

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