―Yes, and you‘ll be pleased to know that I had my ear to the door the whole time." She took a sip and let out a contented sigh. ―Your grandfather forgot to mention anything about your family in Gloucestershire, so I took it upon myself to intercede."
―Call upon her."Sebastian turned to Harry, who was still pretending to read his newspaper. ―Didn‘t she just say that all of London thinks I plan to seduce her?"
―She did," Harry confirmed.―Good God ," Olivia blasphemed, with enough force to cause both men to blink. ―The two of you are so obtuse."They both stared at her, their very silence confirming her statement.
―Right now it looks as if both of you have abandoned her. The earl apparently does not want her, and by all appearances, neither do you. Heaven knows what the society ladies are tittering behind their hands."Sebastian could well imagine. Most would say that Miss Winslow overreached, and society loved nothing more than to watch an ambitious female brought low.
―Right now people are calling upon her out of curiosity," Olivia said. ―And," she added with a meaningful narrowing of her eyes, ―cruelty. But make no mistake, Sebastian. When all this is over, no one will have her. Not unless you do the right thingright now ."
―Please tell me the right thing does not involve a proposal of marriage," he said. Because really, delightful though Miss Winslow was, he hardly thought he‘d behaved in a fashion to warrant it.―It‘s silly of me to even ask," Olivia said. She turned to Sebastian with a hint of sly mischief in her eyes. ―You‘ve been introduced to everyone, haven‘t you, Sebastian?"
―Almost," he said dryly.―Oh, do forgive me," Lady Louisa said. ―May I present my, er—" She coughed. ―Excuse me.
Sorry. It must have been dust in my throat." She motioned to the woman at her side. ―Lady Olivia, Mr. Grey, this is Miss Winslow."―Miss Winslow," Olivia said. ―How nice to meet you. Are you new to town?"