Above her, on the orlop deck, animals rattled and stamped in their cramped pens.
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When the taverner was gone, Deseluse took the quilt from Elizabeth and laid it carefully across the back of a wooden settle.
If such a fate was preferable to the future that had beckoned her in Saint-Denis, married according to the arrangements of her aunt or confined to repeat forever the same dreary day behind the counter of the mercer's shop, there was poor comfort in it.
She had gazed in wonder as her aunt took down the heavy bolts of silk and velvet and gossamer mousseline, billowing them out so the customers might appreciate their fineness, the grace of their fall.
It was a little cold for the shantung two-piece costume I had acquired from the famous actress Oona Sheehan while working on an assignment for her, but I was prepared to shiver a little to make sure I looked right.A Book for Today: In a Gilded Cage by Rhys Bowen
He took the kettle from the hob and filled the teapot.A Book for Today: In a Gilded Cage by Rhys Bowen