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Edward the footman finds himself in a spot of bother after gossiping with fellow footmen at the local pub about the weekend he spent at Somemrby. His mention that he saw Lord Charles Gilmour leaving Lady Tewkbury's bedroom in the dead of night is overheard by an enquiries agent and Edward soon finds himself as the key witness when the lady's husband launches divorce proceedings. Richard learns of it all when it turn out that Sir Geoffrey Dillon, the family solicitor, is also representing Col. Tewksbury, the ladies aggrieved husband. Also on his mind is that Charles Gilmour is something of a protégé and a rising star in the Conservative party. Richard realizes that the only way to extricate himself and the household from their dilemma is to find a way to ensure the divorce proceedings never reach the courts. That proves easier said than done.
The very high-spirited Edward engages in footman gossip while enjoying a relaxing evening at the Crown and Anchor pub. Edward relates what he witnessed to his chums during his stay a few weeks before at Sommerby Park, that is that one Lord Charles Gilmour was romancing the very married Lady Tewksbury. A private investigator overhears Edward's chatter and the young valet becomes embroiled in a scandalous divorce case Lord Tewksbury is filing against his wife, citing Lord Charles Gilmour as her lover. Edward is the key witness. To compound matters, Lord Charles is Richard Bellamy's political protégé. Loose lips create many problems and the double standard of the world of the upper class is not lost on Richard nor the servants.
A leisurely evening out with his chums, a few beers and some downstairs gossip give Edward a bigger headache than any hangover ever could.
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