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Re: A lurker's tale
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Elayne FitzJames warms by the fire, and asks some questions:
Thank you most gracious lady. The chill HAS gone straight through to my
bones today! I do hope spring comes soon!
I have heard the recent discussion regarding the pronounciation of your
name, Countess. However, my difficulty is determining how to address you....
<snip> I often wish gentles wore labels on their clothing to help me
recognize their rank. I am not at all skilled in the game yet.
The current fashion is to address Dukes and Duchesses as "Your Grace;"
and Counts, Earls, Jarls, Grafins, (etc.) and their female
counterparts as "Your Excellency." I follow this fashion of honor
when speaking of or to others. It however, causes me fits of giggles
when applied to me. I've been adequate at many things, damn good at a
few, but "Excellent" at none.
If you feel moved to formality, "My Lady Countess" is about all I can
stand with a straight face. "Countess Ianthe" is O.K. for everyday
wear. The majority of the time, (like now - sitting around a fire,
passing refreshment around) just my name is fine. If you're Henry,
"Hay-Yoo" is acceptable. Don Fernando calls me other things, but
these are situational and range from "Pearl of My Heart" to
"Moose-Cow". I would not suggest emulating his example. (He himself
has always preferred the simpler "Don" to either "Count," or "Sir".)
Although many wear tokens of their accomplishments, I cannot oblige
you with a label. Being of the less well-landed sort, with my ancient
estates just barely able to support themselves, I have had nothing to
spare to spend on coronets or fripperies that I have not stitched
myself. To recognize me, look for a tallish lady, dark haired,
wearing black (a frugal color) wistfully watching the lists, and
almost always embroidering.
I am afraid that I did not bring any embroidery with me on this jaunt,
since the needle does not usually suit me. So I wonder if anyone might like
to have their portrait sketched? I have brought charcoal and paper and can
By all means! I would point out that Sir Shinawassee has a certain
brooding depth about him as he sits over there sipping his draft. If
you wish to do a full figure sketch, Henry's ankles deserve
immortality (he's over there, leaning against the wall trying to look
Authoritative, as befits a Source).
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