“Please do call me Mary, Rebecca. The Scott family and mine have been close since before I was born. Our fathers planned that our families would be joined by marriage. So I consider myself a member of the family. And I understand you are a relation as well?”
“Claire at least believes so and of course we are delighted,”Aunt Abigail added passing a cup of sugary tea to Mary.
“The Lord works in mysterious ways. Who would have thought that George Woolcott’s efforts to find dear Andrew would have yielded such a delightful surprise.”
“Yes, but until we are certain, we are making no announcement. Daniel, of course, confided in you, but —
— “my lips are sealed.”
The statement was followed by a stage like grin.
She smiles with her mouth but her eyes are cold. It is as if she is estimating the weight of a chicken before buying. I must be careful. She is not an innocent like dear Patty.