“Did you know Father offered George Crowninshield employment in his business? All he must do is marry me and refuse to work for his own family.”
The color drained out of Mrs. Derby’s face.
“No, Mary. I knew your father hoped you would entertain a suit from Mr. Crowninshield, but I had no idea he extended such an offer. I can’t believe it. And even if your story is true, I’m appalled that Mr. Crowninshield would share such confidential information with you.”
Mary balked. “You would rather I didn’t know?”
“I would rather not continue this conversation.
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