Foppish Pink of the Ton? Long-suffering but pleasantly surprised father? Beautiful but vapid beauty in distress? Like an audience at a concert that has been performed in other music halls, we are interested in how this new orchestration of a well-known arrangement will compare to the others. The rich uncle hopes that by bequeathing his entire estate to his orphaned ward, Kitty, he will force his favorite nephew, Jack, to vie for her hand in marriage. Enter the Honourable Frederick Standen.
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Foppish Pink of the Ton? Long-suffering but pleasantly surprised father? Beautiful but vapid beauty in distress? Like an audience at a concert that has been performed in other music halls, we are interested in how this new orchestration of a well-known arrangement will compare to the others.
The rich uncle hopes that by bequeathing his entire estate to his orphaned ward, Kitty, he will force his favorite nephew, Jack, to vie for her hand in marriage. Enter the Honourable Frederick Standen. The reader first meets this Exquisite in typical Heyer style: The young gentleman who alighted from the chaise must have been recognized at sight by the discerning as a Pink of the Ton, for although his judgment, which, in all matters of Fashion, was extremely nice, had forbidden him to travel into the country arrayed in the long-tailed coat of blue superfine, the pantaloons of delicate yellow, and the tasselled Hessian boots which marked him in the Metroplolis as a veritable Tulip, or Bond Street Beau, none but a regular Dash, patronizing the most exclusive of tailors, could have presented himself in so exquisitely moulded a riding-coat, such peerless breeches, or such effulgent top-boots.
Freddy, though fond of Kitty, is not in love with her, and he is out of his depth when it comes to countering her will. Heyer takes her time setting up this fun plot, but knowing the particulars will be important, for when she sets events in motion they roll along seemingly of their own accord and with some unexpected twists that are sure to delight. Can Frederick successfully introduce his faux Intended to his family and Society without having to submit to the Shackles of Marriage? Will Jack be able to forgive Kitty for unsuccessfully trying to make him jealous?
Will Kitty, a total Innocent when it comes to London Society, be able to stay out of trouble? As the plot thickens, we are treated to one priceless scene after another, including those of Kitty dragging Freddy to all the Sights of London.
Our fastidious Freddy is aghast when forced to enter the musty rooms of the Egyptian Hall , and feels downright incensed when viewing the Elgin Marbles. His sister Meg, whose taste in Fashion is questionable; his mother, who spends most of the novel tending to her sick children; and his father, whose encounters with his son are all too brief and rare, add to the deliciousness of this convoluted plot.
The title of the book hints at plot developments that are not so obvious at first, for when dancing the Cotillion, partners must switch and change within the dance formations. If you are looking for a book to read during the Thanksgiving holidays, I cannot recommend Cotillion enough, for its conclusion is as satisfying as its very promising beginning.
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This is by far my favourite of her Regencies. This delightful Regency romp opens up with a hilarious scene of three cousins sitting in a drawing room at Arnside, waiting for their eccentric great-uncle to put in an appearance and formally tell them why they invited them except that we know, early on, that one of them, Lord Biddenden, was NOT invited!! Her choices are: 1. The poor man had me laughing every time he said something!
The story is set in Uncle Matthew expects that Kitty will marry Jack Westruther, his favourite great-nephew, and Kitty would be only too happy to comply: she has adored Jack for years. Confident that Kitty will not accept any of his cousins, Jack declines to attend the family party at which Uncle Matthew intends for his great-nephews to propose to Kitty. Kitty, greatly upset by the absence of Jack and by the possibility of becoming destitute should she not accept one of the great-nephews, is further dismayed by the proposals she receives. Then there is Reverend Hugh Rattray, who assures Kitty that he is very fond of her, and that she will make a very suitable wife when her youthful levity has been tempered, for he pities the fact she is a destitute orphan, to her scorn. When another great-nephew arrives, Kitty hails him with relief.