< — Love, Understanding and Family — > (4)
The way to resolve this situation was clear. Damian had to be sent out of the party.
However, Lucia had no thoughts of doing so. The Countess of Wales had the wrong idea from the beginning. Lucia held no attachment to the high society. She already had her fill of acting graceful and conversational at social activities in her dream.
Lucia turned to face the crowd and declared in a cool voice.
“Everyone, I’m afraid we cannot have an enjoyable time today. This event is now dismissed.”
The ladies stirred.
“I won’t see you off, you don’t deserve it.”
Then she gave an order to the maids.
“Please show the guests out.”
The maids in the corner straightened up and answered resolutely. The confidence of their madam became the saving grace to the pride of the servants. When the maids began moving around in a bustling manner, the masks of the women broke and they started exchanging glances.
“Today, you have all deceived me, the Duchess and Lady of Taran. You will soon realize that this was not a wise move.”
Lucia’s cold threat did not conform to the rules of the high society. The expression of the older women in particular sank inwardly. However, no one revealed their discomfort.
Even if the Duchess had no influence over the high society, if you were to commit an act that disregarded her rank openly, you had to be fearful of the later consequences.
“Someday, your son or grandson will have my son as their master. I can see that the saying of ‘parents ruining the future of their child’ refers to a case like this.”
Lucia thundered icily then turned around and headed straight for the central tower, abandoning the crowd. After the Duchess disappeared, the buzzing of the ladies grew louder.
“Ah? What in the world is this?”
“Tell me about it, I didn’t think of the aftermath and just followed.”
“The Duchess is not usually the type to get angry. It’s scary when a normally gentle person gets angry. What should we do?”
The criticism was concentrated on 10 elderly women including the Countess of Wales who led the party-break. Ignoring their faults in following along, they shifted the blame to another; despite this pathetic behavior, they didn’t dare to voice their criticism to the Countess of Wales.
“Keu-heum.” (TN: Clearing of throat)
As the recipients of those uncomfortable gazes, the leaders were the first to leave with sour expressions.
The Countess of Wales’ expression stiffened.
‘It shouldn’t have turned out this way, why…’
The Countess had purposefully tried to calculate the probable outcomes of the party-break. Even if you were seasoned and experienced in socializing, when faced with an actual party-break, you would fall into confusion.
The Countess saw that the newly married young Duchess had little experience in high societal socializing and thought that she would be unlikely to know what a party-break was.
The Countess thought the Duchess would be flustered and would surely send the young lord out to fix the situation. After all, the young lord was not the Duchess’ biological son.
When the Countess heard one day, that the Duchess was going around with the Duke’s extramarital child, she thought it to be impressive.
To her, the ducal couple was only a couple in appearance. There was no doubt that the Duchess planned on securing her place as the Duchess using the young lord, therefore, Duchess’ comely actions to the young lord were not sincere.
After all, which sane woman would do something to block the future of their unborn child?
She was deliberately trying to figure out the Duchess’ hidden intentions, so using the fact that the Duchess was young and inexperienced, she spoke cynically. It made people think that the Duchess was unhappy with the act of bringing the Duke’s illegitimate child around with her.
It was amateurish to think that a relationship between one person and another could only be achieved through face to face meetings and intimate conversations. A true pro was one that knew the heart of another without meeting face to face.
When the party break happens, the Duchess would be unable to win and would have to take a step back first. Initially, her pride would be hurt and she would fume with anger, however as time goes by, she would realize that the incident was not too bad.
In the view of others, the Duchess would have done her best. She was humiliated in trying to defend an extramarital child, so no matter how one looked at it, she was a generous mother with ample tolerance.
When the Duchess’ mind calmed down, the Countess would then lessen herself and secretly swoop in. After which the hurt pride of the Duchess would be restored and they would be able to cultivate a close relationship. This was all the Countess of Wales had calculated inwardly.
However, the Countess’ biggest mistake was not properly understanding what kind of person Lucia was. No matter how often the two of them met, the Countess and Lucia could not fully understand each other. The thoughts and beliefs of the two were inextricably parallel.
The tycoon of the northern high society who seemed to have shot herself in the foot by taking it a few moves too far, was now putting her brain to work.
“What should I do? If my husband finds out about this, he’ll give me a hard time.”
“Look at the place to lie before stretching your legs. You know very well what kind of person the Duke of Taran is, so why did you do it?”
“It’s a social thing for women. It’s not the case for a man to meddle.”
“Does everything always follow the same principle? Rumor has it the ducal couple’s conjugal relationship is pretty good. If a woman whispers coquettishly, can any man can resist?”
“Ah, I don’t know. I’ll have refuse any outings and stay quiet for a while.”
“Why in the world did Countess Wales flare up over the Duke’s heir like that?”
“Did you not know? The Count of Wales took in an extramarital daughter and went around with her. In the end, the extramarital daughter was married off to the Count.”
“Oh my, then the Count and the daughter of the in-laws…”
“The funny thing is, the Countess of Wales squeezed out some tears from her daughter-in-law and then not long after, two extramarital grandsons were entered into the family register.”
Damian watched with cold red eyes, saving the actions of the noble ladies with his eyes and ears. Today, the boy graphically witnessed the figures of those he had to step on to advance in the future.
It was a completely different direction from what Lucia had hoped for but it was a great lesson anyways.
Some women unintentionally locked eyes with Damian, causing them to flinch and turn away. After clamoring in groups, the remaining women began to depart from their seats.
When the number of people in the garden decreased a lot, Damian also left the event.
1) The Korean saying, ‘look at the place to lie before stretching your legs’ means only do something if you’re sure of it or if you can perfect it, otherwise don’t do it.
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