In which it’s bonus day for THE DARK ENQUIRY

Today’s bonus piece is a little different. I wrote a paragraph I later cut from the manuscript for reasons I can no longer remember. But I saved it, and I’m posting it here today. It’s one of Julia’s reflective moments, a chance for her to ponder the differences between herself and her husband–differences so wide that they can sometimes be all but impossible to breach.

I was conscious, sometimes painfully so, of the fact that Brisbane and I had come from two entirely different places. There was an England where everything was orderly and comfortable, where money and old names smooth away every inconvenience and care. This was the England of debutante balls and Court presentations. This was my England. But Brisbane’s England was a land of difficulty and deprivation, of vice and avarice. It was a cold, harsh place, where only the strong survived and the meek inherited nothing but a stale crust and an early grave. It was an England where a runaway boy with Gypsy blood and old, wise eyes could stare into a cookshop at a roasting goose, hunger gnawing at his belly, knowing that if he huddled down on the stones of the pavement and died, no one was to care. He did not belong, and he never would. And somewhere in that same England, a solemn girl with silk dresses had no greater care than whether her father would miss her if she came late to dinner because she spent too long with her beloved books.

{NB: the only place he has ever felt a sense of belonging is with her.}

7 thoughts on “In which it’s bonus day for THE DARK ENQUIRY”

  1. Blake says:

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Gina says:

    Thank you for the excerpt…I can’t wait for another Julia/Brisbane novel!

  3. How Dickensien! I love ANY information about Brisbane. 🙂 Thank you. And thanks for writing such wonderful and complex characters.

  4. Joannine Herriott says:

    I love the way you have with taking your readers to another place entirely when the read your books. I love this excerpt, it gives some more insight to the Julia-Brisbane relationship…Thanks

  5. Kim says:

    Thanks for posting this. The passage perfectly explains their different childhoods.

  6. Lynn says:

    What a beautiful way to contrast the two.

  7. Dawn says:

    Brisbane is such a well written character that he leaps off the pages with a life of his own. Like Julia, we are enthralled by him and confused by him and then in turn frustrated yet through it all I for one am utterly unable to imagine a story without him. Love to hear more about his time during the war & Monk’s role!

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