< — Ducal Couple — > (5)
TN: All the thanks has been overwhelming! I’m glad you like it, I tried not to let down the author by translating to the best of my capability! Part 2 should not take too long. Like halfway but i gotta go do homework XD. If there are any mistakes, just comment and I’ll fix em~
“I have not learnt a lot of things. There are many things I lack to fulfill my duties as the Lady of the House so I asked the Duke to tell me about you. After which, I asked him to ask you to teach me. I hear you are a very busy person but please understand my reasons for interrupting your schedule. Ah, if my words or actions are not polite, please tell me.” [Lucia]
A smile appeared on Michelle’s tightly closed mouth.
“For manners, your Grace doesn’t have more to learn. The essence of courtesy is consideration for the other party. To learn how to sincerely treat the other person, and learning how to express that, is manners. your Grace already has those two things down, what else can I add?”
“You flatter me.”
Lucia’s face was tinged red. Michelle felt as though Lucia were her beautiful granddaughter and laughed heartily. She had thought that Lucia would be a very arrogant person since she was a princess.
She knew the duke was not really calling her for teaching but because Michelle was in a high position in the inner circle, to let the Duchess get a head start.
Michelle had never thought of the Duke of Taran as a good person. She didn’t want her son or her grandchild having the Duke as a role model. A competent man, yes, but not a good person. The duke was arrogant, unyielding, and regarded interaction with people as insignificant.
Still, she had to acknowledge that his eyes for people was outstanding. And now she sees that his wife’s eyes too, were also impressive.
‘The Duke found a good wife’
Some thought that because of the Duke’s extravagant tastes in women in the past, he would marry a remarkable beauty but they didn’t know what they were saying. The Duke was a very cold man and would not move without any benefits.
So, for a wife, he probably thought to pick someone who was good at listening, hassle-free, and suited his level. One day when she gets to see the Duke, ignoring the consequences, she would definitely tell him.
‘Show affection to the Duchess’.
Even if it is not romantic love, at least, to not throw away his existing feelings. A woman who receives no affection would feel anxious about her place and becomes increasingly nervous (1). So with only her pride alive and she’ll become full of thorns and increasingly picky.
Many people overlook the fact that if the mistress of the house is not comfortable, eventually the household will be shaken.
Though, Michelle had to admit that her predictions were wrong. She had seen a lot of people and could tell at a glance what type of person they were. The Duchess was obviously an innocent and clean person. She couldn’t see any signs of anxiety or depression. It was the appearance of a woman who received plenty of affection.
“I believe you’ve been married for about two months.” [Countess]
“Then, it is around the time to start outside activities. Starting with a light tea party would be good.”
“What size would be good?”
“Since it is the start, it is okay to start small. Invite around 10 people, mainly wives of Duke’s vassals. You can ask the head butler about whom to invite. The Duke’s head butler is a capable person”
Lucia nodded her head. Jerome was definitely capable.
“Actually, I have a lot of people to meet. Do I have to open something like a ball?” [Lucia]
“Just because you are the Duke’s wife does not mean you have to be a socialite. In fact, social activities and your aptitude must match. You can’t not do it all, but it has to be done moderately. Around twice a month, throw a tea party or a garden party, inviting only women. It’s also good idea to sometimes increase the number from 10 to 30 people. “
Countess Corzan’s way of teaching was to give good advice while conversing. In a conversation that spanned nearly two hours, Lucia learned what she did not know and got to learn interesting new facts.
Lucia sincerely admired the Countess who spoke elegantly without getting boring and spoke skillfully. It was the same for Michelle as her heart was also moved. The more they continued to talk, the more Michelle was attracted to Lucia’s mild and ill-will lacking personality.
It was pretty hard to find someone with such a character. Michelle was in a good mood because regardless of the age differences.she had found a good friend.
“If you needs someone to talk to, I would like to introduce you to my niece. Her conduct is not elegant, but her character is bright and not flashy. She will be a great help to the madam in finding enjoyment in your northern life. ” [Countess]
“I’m grateful but I am already adjusting well to my life here and I don’t need a friend who will be trying to watch my mood.”
“Ho-ho. You are very honest. Kate is, ah, her name is Kate. Kate does not possess the ability to try and please her friends. If Kate does not like you, she will not become friends with you. ”
“Hmm, I’m interested. I’m willing to meet her. She sounds like a charming lady. ”
“She is a person with many advantages and disadvantages. When her friend’s fiancé cheated on her and deceived her, she did not hesitate to embarrass him. If someone tells me her name, my head hurts wondering what incident she’s caused again. ”
“But you love your niece.” [Lucia]
Michelle smiled brightly. Her eyes were filled with affection for her niece.
“Because she’s a lovable child. But I am worried that there is no brave man that will marry her. Even though she hasn’t married, she attends to and counsels young girls who are in love. She can become a good counselor for you. ”
“But I’m already married.”
“Marriage is not the end, it is the beginning. Before marriage, had you been in a relationship for some time with his Grace?”
When Lucia thought about it, there was no relationship reason for meeting with him. As soon as they met, she proposed. At the second meeting, they signed a contract. At the third meeting, she was doing laundry then she got caught and got told off on something similar. Then she signed the marriage certificate.
“Umm…before marriage, I met with his Grace, three times.”
Michelle’s hand that was holding the teacup paused for a moment and she put down the cup.
“Can you tell me how his Grace treats you in the house? Actually, for me to talk about this would be considerable risk. It might be taken as slander against your husband to you, the Hostess. But Madam seems to have married his Grace without knowing him very well, it’s a little sad.”
“Tell me please. I promise not to keep it in mind.” [Lucia]
“Well, first of all, could you describe to me, honestly, what kind of person his Grace, the duke is?”
“Umm. He is… not fickle… but he acts as he pleases. Once he concludes and ends something. He turns his head and would never look back. He is an indifferent and cold person.”
“This. I seems to have said something pointless. Your Grace knows the Duke very well.”
The Taran Duke’s outer shell alone was the best thing about him. His stunning looks and body were the manifestations of women’s fantasies.
In fact, there were no single northern girls who had actually seen the duke once and not fallen into a one sided love, even though the duke never hit on them.
Daring girls actually threw their bodies at the Duke. Usually, the duke responded positively to their temptation. Then, the women fell into the illusion that he would soon fall for them. It didn’t take long for that illusion to break.
When the woman first gets hurt or falls for him and began to want a little more affection or love, the duke would throw them away with no hesitation. Many of the ladies Michelle had taught, had experienced this and were so hurt and would cry in front of her.
Thanks to that, even though Michelle had never properly spoken to the Duke of Taran, she knew more than anyone else about the Duke’s bedroom matters.
(1). Her place as in her place as his wife. It literally said her ‘seat’ but I think place fit better.