To the shades of Georgette Heyer (Mrs Ronald Rougier) & Jane Aiken Hodge – GREETINGS
First, THANKS awfully to both of you for the way you have added to my joy of living, late in life. When I comment, I know you will both take it in the way of spirited debate, striving not to put anyone down, but to further the grand store of human knowledge.
Jane, may I suggest, in contrast to your comment p 52 of The Private World of Georgette Heyer (c 2011 Sourcebooks) (Thanks to Sourcebooks for permission to publish these media links and notes)
re: The Corinthian (in USA Beau Windham)
“Another new character, Lady Luttrell, the intelligent, strong-minded older woman …”
The role of the intelligent, strong-minded (not necessarily much older) woman who STEERS the MALE LEAD character to the ultimate MARRIAGE was first introduced by Georgette Heyer in her EARLIEST book, The Black Moth. There it is the BEST FRIEND’S WIFE, Lady Molly (“Asthore” “Alanna”) O’Hara who SEVERAL TIMES NUDGES the HERO into a situation which will further his progress toward the ESSENTIAL MARRIAGE.
The FIRST NUDGE is in Chapter 9 “Lady O’Hara Intervenes” = Loc 5376 in Kindle ed The Early Georgette Heyer Collection c. Spire Books 2020 ISBN 13: 978-1-5154-4304-9)
AND IT GOES ON DELIGHTFULLY
FROM THERE! THANK YOU BOTH!