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The house of
Langcaster sounds very English doesn’t it? Perhaps you will see why that is if
you continue reading.
house is a very large house and affluence virtually oozes from all of the
inhabitants. Should I introduce you to members of this household both the elite
and the near peonies? Yes I think that would be apropos to our discussion.
Let me start
with the Dowager lady Barbra. I start with her for she insists she is the most
important member of the family. I should point out that I allow each member to
be what they see themselves as being.
principle I have established that I see them for what they really are but I am
paid by the former not the latter. If I should allow myself (which I don’t) I
would say that Lady Barbra is quite a piece of work. You must understand she is
from one of England’s
most notable families and she gets her identity from her generational past.
Due to her
marriage to Charlie Lancaster she has a vast fortune but her own net worth had
diminished over the years due to over spending and faulty management.
When she was
eighteen her family insisted that she marry an Earl thereby giving her the
title of Lady Barbra. Due to some
irregular actions a couple generations ago the family had lost their peerage
and no longer could sit in the House of Lords so this was an important step for
pressure she agreed to marry an Earl who was serving in the army. He was to
report for duty the next day after the wedding and on their wedding night she
refused to have relations with her husband until he returned from duty and they
could have a proper honeymoon.
he was wounded and died shortly afterward. For the next three years she was
known as; “the Virgin Lady Barbra.”
sold their estate in England
due to some financial reversals and came to America where the pressure to spend
large sums of money maintaining the estate and keeping up appearances socially
wasn’t nearly as expensive.
She met Charlie
after her family moved to America
and he had purchased a large estate. He liked the idea of her being The Virgin
Lady Barbra and pursued her relentlessly until she agreed to marry him.
Again it was
pressure from the family and because her own fortune was diminishing that
caused her to make up her mind. Love was
not an issue at first in the marriage. Her needs were met and as far as
Charlie, he got what he wanted from her which was regular physical contact and
the prestige of the family’s name.
marriage the Lady Barbra’s family moved into Charlie’s large home and sold the
one they had purchased. Charlie had made his fortune in the market. To some it
was obvious he knew things that were unlawful to know but no one could prove
anything. He was simply rich and getting richer.
Due to some
suspicions he hired some detectives to check on all of the family so he would
know what everyone was doing all the time. He wouldn’t allow any of them to do anything
that would reflect on his name or the families’ name.
detectives caught some of them both the men and women in compromising
situations and let them know in the strongest terms it better not happen again.
They convinced them that if they did there would be an emergency operation to
remove the source of the temptation. One warning was all it took to convince
the offender to walk uprightly and be faithful to their vows.
were called the house of Wynn but now here in America it is Mister and Mrs. Wynn
and the rest of the family. It was
either Mister or Master for the young ones and Mrs. or Miss for no one had
adopted the Ms. Characterization.
was the older sister of Barbra and she was still single. She was much, much
wiser than Barbra for she had amassed her own fortune while Barbra and most of
the other children had wasted theirs. Some
of them were on the verge of having to find a job.
several Bo’s but when they began to get serious she broke it off with them. She
knew much of her attraction was her money for there were a lot of penniless
Romeo’s floating around. She was still a couple of years under thirty so she
was in no hurry. She knew she could buy a husband anytime she wished to for
money speaks volumes to these guys who are broke. I will be talking more about
Miss Lenore later.
the rest of the family one by one. There are two younger sisters and three boys
in the mix.
The next in
line is a brother Ryan Wynn who was named after an Irish grandfather. The
grandfather was a semi-drunk meaning he was drunk most of the time. He managed
to stay sober enough to manage the family fortune successfully and didn’t let
his drinking and womanizing interfere with business.
rumored that he had several kids out of wedlock but his motto was; “Bastards
don’t count.” Being truthful there was a couple of the extracurricular boys he
liked and saw to it they made their fortune.
several of the debutantes but one night he got too friendly with one of them
and her father who was an expert shot strongly suggested a wedding before the
baby was born.
father took him to his gun room and clicked a couple of the empty guns at
Ryan’s heart the wedding took place shortly thereafter. The girl’s father took
Ryan into the family business and he is doing very well with a couple more
additions to his new family. Charlie
suggested that Ryan and his family move in with his new in-laws so there was
one less family living at Langcaster house.
The next we
should consider is George Wynn. He loves
cars. This began when he was around four when he got a pedal car for his
birthday. He scarred most of the furniture at Wynn house from running into it
at full speed.
As he grew
his father bought him an Austin
to drive around the estate. Since he was
only nine he was restricted to the estate but one day he went out on the road
in front of the place and the police pulled him over.
event where the father got a strong lecture from a judge little Georgie lost
his driving right for six months. During
this time George tore the Austin
apart and put it together again. He saved the left over parts and still has
them as well as his Austin.
He now races
cars as a hobby but also has a dealership for foreign cars. He was so caught up
with cars and speed he didn’t have much time for the ladies but one finally
managed to keep his attention long enough to accept her proposal of marriage.
said if she hadn’t proposed to him he might not ever have gotten married. So
far they don’t have children and still live at Langcaster house. Doris his wife is caught up with the all of
the society things so she doesn’t require much servicing and doesn’t care if he
spends so much time racing and at his dealership.
Now we come
to the last son, Mason. Mason was a child who loved to hide in the house and
the servants had to spend a lot of their time trying to find him. He discovered
places in their large England
home that no one knew about which only increased the time the servants had to
spend looking for him. This resulted in several servants quitting their job for
it was demeaning playing hide and seek when they had other duties they were
expected to do.
was five he saw a copy of the National Graphic magazine and the scantily
dressed natives. He demanded his father subscribe for the magazine for him. He
now would hide with his favorite copy of the magazine for hours and they
stopped looking for him. They knew he would appear when he wanted to.
speculated as to what his puberty years were going to be like as he looked at
the pictures in the magazine. They found several copies thrown into the garbage
that had no pictures in them of interest. He was sixteen when he was finally
allowed to go to the Dark Continent.
He secured a
guide and the necessary bearers to carry his goods. He discovered in order to
satisfy his romantic curiosity he would have to marry the object of his
affection. This required him to come up with some cows and other goods. With
the help of his guide he managed to secure everything required and the wedding
He was quite
active until her first monthly occurred which he wasn’t prepared for; he packed
up and left promising to return shortly. He travelled on and found another
tribe and repeated the same thing as with the first tribe. He only stayed a
week there and headed back home and to school.
arrival at home his siblings wanted to know how he fared and he said it was
interesting if not educational. He made
other trips using the same format until he couldn’t remember how many wives he
had some of which he spent an extended period of time. When it became obvious
they were with child he quickly departed.
all the wives he contacted several diseases and when he managed to get the last
one under control he decided his curiosity had been satisfied and has never
returned to the continent so far.
consider his marriages on the Dark Continent
to be valid so he pursued a girl of his ilk named Elsa and wed her. The doctors
believe his escapades may have rendered him unable to sire a child and so far
that seems to be the case.
wife of Mason
from Sweden and migrated to America with
her aunt at a young age. She is very comely with a caring personality. Due to
the fact she was young when she arrived here she is an all American girl with
just a trace of a Swedish accent which adds to her charm. She is very patient
with the Wynn family for some are a bit snobbish around her.
sister is eighteen and was still playing with dolls. She had a huge collection,
and would buy a new one every day. It has been quite a chore for mother Wynn to
get her to embrace the societal scene. She has just came out as a Deb and she
shocked everyone by being dressed as a doll. She tries to emulate a dolls
vocabulary which is considered to be gross by the other young ladies her age.
out of desperation took all her dolls and burned them in a funeral pyre. She
wouldn’t let her buy any more of them and sent her to a girl’s finishing school.
She was behind most of the girls and had to catch-up. The other girls put a lot
of pressure on her to shape up for they were judged as a group instead of as
first year she was talking normal and had blended in with the others. She had
become close friends with a young grounds keeper and some thought that might
have had something to do with her changes. By the time she returned home she
was ready for the dating scene and her mother now had to subdue some of her
Now we come
to the youngest, Linda who is quite studious. As soon as she obtained her
driving license she became even more independent and drove herself to
everywhere she wanted to go.
I as the
butler had hopes that at least one of the kids would show signs of intelligence
and it appeared the she was the one with the most potential. Outside of her
independence she was normal in every way except one.
overly fond of me. Although I was only six
years older than she, the social order placed us miles apart. I constantly reminded her of that but to no
She acted as
if we were a couple and in private she was a hand full. Her actions weren’t
unseemly just too familiar.
difficult moment was when she kissed me by surprise and I found myself kissing
her back. I told her that was not acceptable behavior and I apologized for my
part in it.
I told her I
would have to quit my job if it happened again and she said alright she
wouldn’t press the issue, but it doesn’t change anything it was just a matter
I felt I
needed to tell Charlie about what was going on for he had been good to me. He took me on while I was still in school and
gave me the top job in the household. I couldn’t do something behind his back
so I caught him with a spare moment and told him what the circumstances were
and I would leave should he want me to.
He said if I
hadn’t been intimate with her he saw no reason for me to leave. I assured him I
hadn’t and had no plans to.
He said it
was a testy issue because of the family’s social position. For one of the
family to marry a butler would be a black mark against all of them. He went on
to say, “You have taken some business schooling haven’t you?”
I said, ‘Yes
two years but I ran out of money and that was when I came to work for you. I
had hoped to finish when I saved enough money but I like my job working for
He said I
want you to finish your courses and you can work in my office part time.
see that you have enough money to get by on and if you promise to behave
yourself you can see Linda ever so often.
that will settle her down enough to keep her out of trouble. He said I could
continue to live over the garage in my small apartment and use one of the older
He said that
he would explain to Linda the rules and extract a promise from her to obey
them. I couldn’t believe what just happened. The reason he gave for doing this
was he said finding honest people to have around him was the hardest thing he
The fact I
came to him and didn’t try to hide what could have turned into a bad situation
showed what kind of a person I was. He
went on and said I was the kind of a person he wanted around him.
brief introduces you to the main family but now we come to the peonies better
known as the household staff for they are indeed part of the household.