Quote: A Baroness from The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton

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The young Elizabeth has quite the description for the Lady deVeres, as she meets this Baroness for the first time.

Her greased hair was swept up high over pads and studded with sham jewels. The neck of her pointed bodice was cut so low you could see a little bit of her stomach between her breasts. Elizabeth thought that interesting, and she noted too that the lady did not seem very clean. There were shadows in the creases of her neck, a large stain of what looked like wine on the embroidered skirt; a strong smell of sweat mingled with musk, and the heavily beringed hand had black fingernails. It must be that she was so rich and grand she did not have to wash, thought Elizabeth enviously.

Pg 17 ~ The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton

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