* * *
Jaimes found Dr. Whitewood and Huddleston a short time later.
â€œI hope you set her right, Jaimes,â€ Dr. Whitewood said.
â€œYes,â€ the other man replied. â€œAnd luckily I did not have to show her my violin.â€
Dr. Whitewoodâ€™s eyebrows rose up.
â€œDespite her earlier demeanor, I sensed something off,â€ Jaimes said. â€œAs you know, I went and spoke with her. She doesnâ€™t seem to like it here. And a curious thing. She isnâ€™t seen in the painting. But she told me that she didnâ€™t want to sit for it because she calls her family here, she thinks of them as the same as pigs. Not that I wouldnâ€™t blame her. She also relayed to me, and like I said Iâ€™m not very fond of her earlier demeanor, but she has let me know to not consume the meat.â€
â€œOkay,â€ Huddleston said. â€œDid she tell you anything about anything else?â€
â€œShe didnâ€™t. She did not seem to want to talk anymore. Make of that what you will but something isnâ€™t right.â€
â€œWell,â€ Dr. Whitewood said. â€œThat much is obvious.â€
â€œWell,â€ Huddleston said. â€œSheâ€™s part of a noble family that appears to be dying. Maybe sheâ€™s just upset that the family fortune is being lost.â€
â€œIâ€™m not sure sheâ€™s after the money,â€ Jaimes said. â€œIâ€™m not sure she really cares.â€
â€œI think we should find our other companions,â€ Dr. Whitewood said.
* * *
Lady Susan Loddington soon arrived at the kitchen door where Hawksworth and Godfrey waited. She seemed a little taken aback to see people there, stopping for just a moment before she continued towards the doorway.
â€œMore friends of my husband, I see,â€ she said.
â€œYes maâ€™am,â€ Godfrey said. â€œI see you have met our companions already.â€
â€œYes, I do apologize for their behavior. Their manners are lacking at times.â€
â€œI would hope Iâ”€â€
â€œOur servants have left us as we have fallen upon hard times. My husband says â€¦ Mr. Godfrey?â€