7 September 2012

Sweet Saturday Sample (8th-09-12)

Welcome back to Sweet Saturday Sample.  Today I am switching to my current Regency Romance WIP, Vidal's Honor.

        “What are you going to do when we reach the border?” she leaned forward and asked Consuela.
       "I go with Juan.”
       “He has agreed?” After his recent revelations, Honor wondered whether Juan would accept her plans.
        “We are discussing it.” Consuela tossed the words over her shoulder with an air of false bravado.
         Was that what they’d been arguing about earlier?
         “And if he refuses?”
         “Then I will come to England with you and find myself a new husband. The English, they have no passion. That’s acceptable to me, I do not want that. It is false.” She waved a hand at the scenery below. “Like that,” she said, pointing to the sinking sun.  Tranquil. “It looks so calm, and it is not. Deception comes in many guises.”
        Was Consuela warning her? If so, what about? Leaning forward Honor risked another question. “Was your marriage not a happy one?”
        “For a Spanish woman it is not the same as it is in your country.”
         ”In what way?”
         “Our parents arrange our marriage when we are children. Sometimes as soon as we are born.”
          While she’d married for love, Honor knew many English girls were forced to marry men years older than themselves. “Maybe not arranged from the cradle,” she conceded, “but it has been known. Marriages are arranged for financial benefits.”
"In other words, you are sold to the highest bidder. Is that what you are saying?"
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Patricia Kiyono said...

I love this verbal exchange. I wonder what's going to happen to Consuela. And I wonder if she's going to be a friend to Honor, or a foe.

Elaine Cantrell said...

I was wondering the same thing as Patricia. Is she a friend or foe.

Sandy Nachlinger said...

I agree with Patricia and Elaine -- you've created doubt about Consuela's true intentions. I like their dialogue. It seems arranged marriages aren't so uncommon in either of their cultures.

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks, Patty, there was a time when Honor didn't know either. :-)

Sherry Gloag said...

:-) Elaine, thanks for coming by.

Sherry Gloag said...

I appreciate your company Sandy. For a while Honor didn't know either.

Carrie-Anne said...

I love their dialogue and what it reveals about their characters.

Jessica K said...

Nicely done, the way the dialogue gives a feel for the historical context as well as the character's frames of mind.

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks Carrie-Anne, I'm glad you enjoyed this.

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks Jessica, I appreciate your comment :-)