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By Eloisa James

A duke needs to select properly . . .

Leopold Dautry, the infamous Duke of Villiers, needs to wed fast and nobly—and his offerings, unluckily, are few. The Duke of Montague's daughter, Eleanor, is exquisitely appealing and fiercely clever. Villiers betroths himself to her with out additional ado.

After all, no different lady quite qualifies. Lisette, the outspoken daughter of the Duke of Gilner, cares not anything for garments or decorum. She's engaged to a different guy, and doesn't supply a fig for prestige or identify. part the ton believes Lisette mad—and Villiers is vulnerable to agree.

Torn among good judgment and keenness, among intelligence and mind's eye, Villiers unearths himself attracted to the very fringe of impropriety. however it isn't really until eventually he's in a duel to the dying, battling for the attractiveness of the girl he loves, that Villiers ultimately realizes that the best chance will not be within the dueling box . . .

But within the bed room. And the guts.

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Schleppte er sie zum Arzt? Befahl er ihr, auf ihre Gesundheit zu achten, sich zusammenzuneh­ men, aus ihrem Zimmer zu kommen und auf die mit Synthol getränkten Waschlappen zu verzich­ ten, auszugehen und sich mit anderen Menschen zu treffen, »Aktivitäten« zu entwickeln, ins Kino zu gehen oder sich zu einem Töpfer-, Zeichen-, Patchwork- oder Seidenmalereikurs anzumelden, wie sie im Gemeindezentrum angeboten und auf den Plakaten beworben wurden, die an die hölzernen Telegrafenmasten mit den auf den Leitungen 42 Klippen hockenden Vögeln geheftet waren, zu deren Füßen sich vom Regen aufgeweichte alte Papierschnipsel häuften?

An den Onkel, der, von seiner entrüste­ ten kleinen Familie gefolgt, zu seinem Renault 18 60 Klippen ging. Wir betraten die Kirche, und während wir schweigend auf den unbequemen Bänken saßen und auf unsere eiskalten Hände bliesen, warteten wir, dass der Sarg zu den Klängen einer piepsigen Orgel hereingetragen wurde. An mir tropfte alles ab wie Regen an einer Fens­ terscheibe. Ich war nicht dort, wusste nicht, wovon die Rede war, fragte mich, wo meine Mutter sein mochte, was diese längliche Kiste aus lackiertem Holz enthielt, wann sie wiederkam, wann das alles hier vorbei war, dieser böse Traum, dieser üble Scherz.

Und plötzlich sackte er schlaff wie ein Lumpen zusammen. Sein Kör­ per hatte sich im Innern lautlos aufgelöst und nur eine dünne Hülle ohne stützendes Gerüst zurück­ gelassen. Von seinem Gewicht mitgerissen, stürzte auch ich. Der Pfarrer unterbrach seine Ansprache. 61 Olivier Adam Eine Welle des Raunens schluckte mich. Die Leute sahen uns an, ich lag verständnislos am Boden, mein Bruder mit geschlossenen Augen bewusst­ los neben mir. Mein Vater beugte sich über uns, und noch heute sehe ich deutlich den Ausdruck auf seinem Gesicht, sehe ich die Wut, die daraus sprach, als hätten wir uns einen dummen Streich erlaubt.

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