By Barbara Cartland
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She says to me, she says: "When the young woman comes bring her straight to me, James," and who am I to argue? ' 'Her ladyship's companion has nothing to do with Mrs. Miller,' Dorcas snapped back. 'That's gammon and you knows it,' the footman said; 'and as far as I'm concerned, I wishes to keep this 'ere job, so into Mrs. ' He walked across the landing and opened a door almost directly opposite where Caroline and Dorcas were standing. He swung it wide as if to usher in Caroline with ceremony; but even as he opened his mouth to speak her name, the words died on his lips, for it was obvious to all three people standing on the landing that Mrs.
Dorcas knocked and a soft voice bade them enter. Dorcas opened the door. For a moment Caroline was dazzled. The room was light and lovely after the ill-lit passages and the heavy gloom of the Hall and the Grand Staircase. The sun was streaming through two long windows and everywhere there were flowers—big bowls of hot-house blooms whose perfume filled the air. While Caroline was conscious of the fragrance of the flowers, she was also aware of the sound of twittering voices, the rustle of wings, the sudden little squawks and tweet of song birds.
She went out and slammed the door after her. Caroline gave a little laugh, then stood considering Mrs. Miller's words. 'So she intends to be mistress of this house,' she thought. ' It was possible, but not probable for Caroline was sure in her heart of one thing—Lord Brecon was not interested in Mrs. Miller. 6 Caroline opened her eyes and stretched out her arms. 'Lud, but this is an uncomfortable bed,' she said to Maria who was drawing back the curtains. ' Tis not the only thing that is uncomfortable in this house,' Maria answered.