Lady Glencora M'Cluskie is young, beautiful, quite rich and madly in love with Burgo Fitzgerald. Although he is her social equal, her elders think she can do better and set their sights on Plantaganet Palliser, nephew and heir to the Duke of Omnium. Palliser is an active member of Parliament and can only be described as a bore, even if a well-meaning one, whose greatest interest seems to be to convert British currency to the decimal system. With the Duke's agreement and assistance, a marriage is arranged though not without some objection from the parties involved. Glencora tries to find a way to spend time with Bungo but her cousin Alice Vavasor refuses to help her. Alice has her own problems. She was was once engaged to her cousin George Vavasor but he set off for the colonies to make his fortune. Five years have elapsed and he's now returned. She however is engaged but seeds of doubt have now been planted and George seems to be set on getting her back. Written by
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The Duke of Omnium
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