11-07-2016, 12:13 AM
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11-07-2016, 08:31 PM
Ophelia had been at the Pettigrew estate less than one full day, so far, but she'd been busy. She'd already decided, just based on the sheer amount of delightfully single and eligible gentlemen that seemed to be present here (by coincidence or design, she wasn't sure) that perhaps she'd been too hasty in deciding to dedicate herself to spinsterhood. She wasn't quite ready to jump back in to her old habits--there was something rather freeing about not minding whether men liked her or not--but she was giving it some thought, anyway. She'd also managed to find someone to talk to for the weekend, which was good. She'd known essentially no one upon her arrival--except Hannah, of course, and her friends and relatives, all of whom hated her just because Hannah did (which was really unfair!)
If she was going to hold her own this weekend and even try to have a good time, she needed someone female to talk to--she could hardly confide in Armando! Thankfully, she actually seemed to have clicked pretty well with the first woman she'd struck up a conversation with, and it was this new acquaintance to whom she was speaking now, as Miss Adelia Lovegood did her best to blend in to the wallpaper nearby.
"Did you hear about Miss Lovegood's dowry?" she asked in a confidential tone. "I heard that her brother has been advertising it all over town--but I wonder if that does her more harm than good?" She honestly wasn't sure. She'd have to see what the other girl thought; maybe if it was a valid strategy, and not likely to cause people to assume there was something undesirable about her, she'd badger Armando into making her dowry a bit more public. The old man would probably agree to that, if it meant being rid of her sooner, though Ophelia wasn't sure he had the right social list to get that information out to the types of people she'd want to marry. Well. It was a nice thought, anyway.
Unfortunately, Miss Lovegood had turned around and taken notice of her--had she been too loud? Or was Miss Lovegood a little on the paranoid side? In either case, she'd been caught. With a quick but mostly insincere smile, she said, "Oh, we were just wondering how you knew Mr. and Mrs. Pettigrew, Miss Lovegood. Or is the acquaintance through your brother?"
She thought she'd covered that fairly well. She was a total bamf at being a socialite.
[[Whooo wants to be Ophelia's conversational partner? @Calliope Riley @Minnie Pendergast @Ligeia Baudelaire @Lillian Vane @Autumn Avery ?]]
11-10-2016, 11:01 PM
Autumn really truly felt out of her element at the Pettigrew party. She hadn't actually intended to attend it originally, feeling Mr. Pettigrew had really only extended the invitation because of his minor mistake on High Street. The hit to the back of the head with his notepad had been quite a strange happening and he'd apologized profusely right then so she'd hardly expected him to feel the need to "make it up to her" as he'd put that day. Then the letter had come a few weeks later and Summer had gotten her hands on it first. Once her eldest sister had seen the invitation, she'd all but demanded that Autumn attend. She'd already gone to Vernon and made the arrangements for the two of them to go before Autumn had been any wiser to the letter. Essentially, her fate had been sealed for that weekend.
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11-13-2016, 10:44 PM
Ophelia didn't follow the Quidditch world enough to know who was on which teams--especially not the second string players--so she had no idea that there was a Lovegood who played for Mr. Pettigrew's team. She only knew the really famous Quidditch players, anyway. When Miss Lovegood admitted that she didn't know either Mr. or Mrs. Pettigrew well, then, Ophelia assumed, perhaps unfairly but in her mind not at all unreasonably, that her older brother had somehow leveraged her an invitation. If he was really spreading the word about the size of her dowry, maybe he'd just flat out bought her an invitation.
She couldn't dwell on this, though, because Miss Lovegood was turning the conversation back to her. Usually, Ophelia liked talking about herself, but her relationship with Hannah wasn't exactly a highlight. If she got too descriptive, someone might remember that episode in the paper from a while back where Hannah had terrorized her with transfiguration, and then the Daily Prophet had referred to her as 'the dog girl,' and Ophelia would rather die than have anyone bring that up.
"Miss--oh, Mrs. Pettigrew and I were roommates for an entire year at Mrs. Pendergast's School," she said, smiling as though her brief slip of the tongue was due to some emotion like 'oh I can't believe she'd finally married, I keep forgetting!' and not her real feelings, which ran more along the lines of, 'I can't believe she's finally married.' If only she could keep forgetting. Her smile flitting away for a brief second, Ophelia added quietly, with a tone that (she thought, at least) convincingly implied she'd rather not say anything at all, "Well, almost an entire year, anyway. She had to leave before the year was finished due to... that business with her father."
Ophelia was feeling smug, but trying her best not to show it. She'd managed to avoid admitting that she and Hannah had never gotten along--because this was Hannah's party, and such an admission certainly wouldn't earn her any points with anyone--and thrown a not-so-subtle reminder about Hannah's unsavory past in as well. She was winning this conversation--even though it wasn't really as though there was anyone she was up against, per ce. Unless it was Hannah, who wasn't here to defend herself.
12-16-2016, 06:51 PM
Autumn listened as Miss Dippet explained her connection to the Pettigrews to answer Miss Lovegood’s question. Her response was over before she really had much of a chance to gather her own bearings and felt her cheeks heat up thinking of how she had come to be invited to the gathering. Pity. That was why, pure pity.
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01-05-2017, 05:05 PM
"Oh, yes," Ophelia agreed with a smile, though she was afraid that even to the untrained eye it would look a little forced. "Thrilled." If her tone was a bit dry, they'd probably chalk it up to the fact that she was still unmarried while Mrs. Pettigrew was not. While Ophelia hardly wanted to be seen as the jealous sort, that was at least marginally preferable to anyone knowing the truth about her relationship with Hannah. Anyone who was here must have been at least passingly friendly with Hannah, she assumed, since the blond was the hostess, and therefore they were likely to take Hannah's side without even learning the facts if they caught whiff of a disagreement between the two of them. If she could ingratiate herself to a fair few number of people, though, then Hannah wouldn't be able to ruin her, even if she denounced her at the dinner table in two days, Ophelia decided.
"It was certainly so bold of Hannah," she remarked in response to Miss Lovegood's last comment. "After all, I'm sure she's hardly had any time at all to get settled in, and Mrs. Pettigrew--the old Mrs. Pettigrew, you know, that incredibly elegant mother of Mr. Pettigrew's--always threw such wonderful galas here. I'm sure if I were in her shoes, I wouldn't have dared to do something so soon, knowing I'd be compared to my mother-in-law!" she said with a hollow laugh. She didn't think anyone had been comparing Hannah to Mrs. Pettigrew, but they certainly were now.
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01-16-2017, 03:55 PM
Autumn couldn't help but to smile at the older woman and her genuine sincerity. Especially since it had been a bit obvious she had been the topic of Miss Dippet and Autumn's discussion just before. She wasn't entirely sure she'd have been able to be as kind following such a thing. But then she couldn't help but to smirk at Miss Dippet. She certainly had a way about her. It definitely made for interesting conversation.
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01-26-2017, 03:12 PM
Ugh. Courage and self belief? Ophelia had to resist the urge to roll her eyes; it wouldn't have suited the conversation well at all. She was trying to at least keep up a passable appearance as Hannah's supposed friend, so she couldn't go disparaging her so-called courage and self belief, but really--was Miss Lovegood daft? Maybe that was the reason she was still unmarried. Ophelia was vaguely aware of the scandal of her first engagement--that her fiance had gotten bored and started courting another woman. If all of her conversations were as absolutely thrilling as this one, Ophelia couldn't say she was surprised. Miss Lovegood wasn't really contributing anything useful to the conversation, in her opinion, and Ophelia would just as soon get back to her gossip with Miss Avery.
"Yes, such courage," Ophelia affirmed dryly, meanwhile trying to think of the best way to get rid of Miss Lovegood without offending the tiresome woman. Not that she really cared much what she thought--but as Hannah's marriage had proved, even the most unsuitable and repulsive of women sometimes landed influential husbands, so Ophelia couldn't afford to burn all her bridges--at least not until she was married, herself.
02-03-2017, 08:55 PM
Autumn was having a hard time not laughing. Between Miss Dippet's dry and sarcastic remarks and Miss Lovegood's oblivious nature, she was being quite well entertained. So much so that she didn't feel as if anything she really said would help to further the progression of the conversation. She decided to simply watch and observe instead, a small smirk on her lips all the while.
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02-17-2017, 02:05 PM
"I did agree, didn't I?" Opheila's smile was saccharine sweet as she replied. Her tone was light and innocent, as though she were honestly confused by Miss Lovegood's question--though of course she knew exactly what it was. Apparently the older woman wasn't as vapid as she'd assumed. Not that she regretted the assumption; being an idiot was a very good reason to still be unmarried at twenty-six--it was almost as bad for romance as being too intelligent. In fact, it was probably the most generous assumption that Ophelia could have made, because any other reason for her slow march to spinsterhood was far less kind. At least if she was stupid, she wouldn't be able to help it.
"Maybe you misheard me," she said, with an air of finality; she was done talking about Hannah Pettigrew, and her body language made that clear though her voice was still light and airy as though they'd been talking about the weather on a particularly agreeable day. "Speaking of our hostess, I haven't seen her once so far tonight," she said, deftly changing the subject to ensure that Miss Lovegood couldn't attempt poke any more holes in her story of her and Hannah being friends. Turning to Miss Avery, she continued, "But I did see both of the Pettigrew brothers; the younger ones, I mean. One of them has been abroad for years, I heard, so I imagine he's quite lonely at an event like this. Should we go introduce ourselves, Miss Avery? To save him from being a wallflower the whole weekend?" she asked with a conspiratorial smile.
Ophelia hoped she didn't need to say that Miss Lovegood wasn't invited; her body language and her tone as she'd addressed Autumn should have done that work for her. It would be so much more unpleasant if she actually had to tell Miss Lovegood to leave, so she rather hoped she could take a hint.
02-22-2017, 05:27 PM
Autumn suddenly felt as though her head were reeling. That had been quite the abrupt change, at least in her opinion. Perhaps it had been because she hadn't been an overly active participant in the conversation but she quickly came to the conclusion that Miss Dippet was not exactly one to cross. Or maybe even disagree with. Regardless, she returned the other woman's smile with one of her own and nodded.
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