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    08.08 We have two PW winners for July: Soph and Beanie!
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    08.16 - 08.23 Sanditon Regatta
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    Margaret O'Neill
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    Full Name: Miss Margaret O'Neill.

    Nicknames: Due to her status as a lady's maid, known just as O'Neill by most people, however, Atalanta always calls her Margaret and her childhood friends call her Peggy.

    Birthdate: 1st of November 1839.

    Current Age: 43.

    Occupation: Lady's maid.

    Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw.

    Wand: Laurel, 13 1/4 inches and rigid as the day is long, with a phoenix feather core. Left handed.

    Blood Status: Pure blood.

    Social Class: Lower class.

    Family: The child of Margaret and Melvyn O'Neill Margaret O'Neill was born into a pure blood family that had long since squandered its fortune by the time she was born leaving this generation with nothing but a few pieces of silver they managed to hold onto when the bailiffs came but no cash whatsoever to back up their sense of entitlement. She has four brothers and one older sister, three of whom managed to go to Hogwarts for a few years a piece, her sister even managed to achieve some OWLs before all the O'Neill children were forced to leave schooling for good and seek out work when their mother became ill and could no longer work herself. Despite their hardships though the O'Neill's are a content enough family û indeed it's hard to miss what you've never had û and other than the usual sibling bickering and their mothers ill-temper they're close and share a lot of love.

    Appearance: Standing at 5'4 Margaret was never the tallest woman in the world and when she's at home she feels even smaller due to her brothers towering over her. Still she made up for her height by shouting to be heard at home and making sure that all eyes were on her at school as she made herself memorable in any way she could. It certainly wasn't going to be with her hair, a mahogany brown that occasionally glinted red in the sunlight and while thick and lovely was usually pulled back out of the way. She has particularly wonderful eyes, dark blue and intelligent, and a full figure that in her youth earned her no end of attention from the opposite sex despite the fact that she rarely smiles these days û at least not around people she isn't related to or Atalanta.

    History: Born into reduced circumstances as the third child and second daughter of the O'Neill family Margaret was always starting on the back foot. Nevertheless she grew up with her siblings at the slightly ramshackled farmhouse in the countryside, playing endlessly in the garden and surrounding field lands and showed her first sign of magic when she cleaned the chicken house with a broom she made clean in a renegade and reckless manner. It was a struggle for her parents to send her older brother and sister off to Hogwarts but go they did one year after the other and then when she was eleven Margaret got her letter too and was able to go. The sale of the family silver, at her father's existence would keep them going for a little while.

    While at Hogwarts she was sorted quite swiftly into Ravenclaw but found it tricky to make friends. Everything at Hogwarts was so much grander than anything she'd ever known before and Margaret was never able to quite shake off the feeling that most people were looking down on her, although over time she was able to befriend some of the other students, notably Leander Fortescue with whom she never lost touch.

    Unfortunately for the O'Neill children in 1856, when Margaret was just getting towards the end of her fifth year their mother fell ill û an illness from which she would never recover û and the children could no longer be spared for the sake of an education. Her brother and sister had managed to acquire a few OWLs but the rest of the siblings were left without qualifications and had to leave to find work. Margaret managed to find work in a dress shop in Manchester for a time, hand work but at least it paid well for her age and slowly she learnt the trade until she was as good as the proprietor. But she grew bored of living at home and stifled by the small town over the years û bored with the male company too û and when the new town of Hogsmeade was founded Margaret moved, finding work as a parlour maid in Bartonburg District, something she found almost insulting to her sensibilities.

    She might have to be a servant û she could live with that indignity û but she was at least going to be a better class of servant! Over time she conspired to oust the housekeeper there and was almost successful until 1883 when she saw an advert for Atalanta Pendergast's house and she changed course: why waste her effort elsewhere when she could dive straight in as a lady's maid!?

    Personality: Margaret's learnt to survive. She knew from her earliest youth that things were never going to be easy and her assumption has proven to be true. Despite that she's not an unpleasant person, just a severely guarded one: she doesn't have an issue with trusting people per say, she just never really sees the need for trusting them. Intelligent and wily she can usually integrate herself where she needs to and her various skills have proved useful over the years and she has never not been in work since she was sixteen years old. On the other hand she's also a bit of a sucker for a soft soul and if she sees other people being harsh towards those she feels don't deserve it woe betide the perpetrator.

    Sample Roleplay Post:

    Helena tapped the quill against her knee as she sat back in her chair, enjoying the moment of peace before the post arrived and she would have to think of a way to turn down her sister-in-law's plea to attend the party so and so at the Ministry was giving in honour of...what was it? Something to do with goblins?

    She couldn't remember and couldn't say she much cared to. She rubbed her fingers together, keeping them moving in case inspiration struck and she could think of something to write, however, nothing was forthcoming. She'd intended to compose something before John rose for the day and so she'd come into his study, scaring the house elf that was cleaning half the death before sending him to fetch her some tea without a second look, and settled down but her mind was empty.

    All she could think about was the stupid party and the owl that would imminently arrive. She had a perfectly penned response to that already in mind: a symphony of polite avoidance that might just do the trick this time and keep her at bay but there was no point writing it down until the letter itself actually came.

    She dipped the nib into her ink pot and dabbed it on the blotter, holding it poised over the virgin parchment for a long moment and...

    Nothing. The spot of ink dripped off her quill and she rolled her eyes at the mark, wishing she'd thought to pick up her wand from her bedside before coming down here but it hadn't felt necessary.

    She scrunched the parchment up into a ball and threw it over her shoulder for the elf to clean up when it finally came back with her tea. Helena closed her eyes and tried to think. Last night in bed her mind had been racing with things she could andshould write about but now it all blurred into meaningless phrases that she wrote down just in case they came in handy later, and jumbled nonsense.

    She turned her head sharply when she heard a noise and saw the ridiculous snowy owl she had been expecting hovering outside. When the elf came back she told him to fetch it and a new idea began to form in her head - perhaps the party wasn't a terrible idea after all? It would certainly give her some inspiration to be amongst those that made her angriest!

    OOC:

    Name: Lauren.

    Age: 23

    Contact: PM preferable. If you require an email address I'd be happy to send it to you privately.

    Other Characters: [If any] Helena MacMillan.

    How did you hear about us? Friend.
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