Unrepentant rake Rule Dewar is living the good life when a most surprising event occurs—he falls in love with his wife. After their strategic "marriage of commerce" three years ago, Rule quite forgot about Violet Griffin, the teenage heiress to a Boston manufacturing fortune. He simply spoke... read more
Violet Griffin was married at the young age of 16 because her doting father had been told he was dying and he wanted to see her future secure. The man he chose, Rule Dewars, was British, worked in Griffin's Boston Plant and was a good man but only the enormity of the deal persuaded him to... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Violet Griffin was married at the young age of 16 because her doting father had been told he was dying and he wanted to see her future secure. The man he chose, Rule Dewars, was British, worked in Griffin's Boston Plant and was a good man but only the enormity of the deal persuaded him to marry, but he agreed not to consummate the marriage until Violet was over 18. Griffin Manufacturing made munitions and was part of the deal Howard Griffin made with Rule: 1/2 to Rule and the other half to Violet upon Howard's death. For the next 3 years, Rule lived and worked in England (London), told nobody about his marriage and lived as an unmarried man would, contacting Violet by mail only sporadically. Just as he decided he'd better go to America and claim his bride, Violet came to London to insist on an annulment of this farce of a marriage so she could marry a man of her own choice - and sell the company! Rule's surprise was heightened by her being so lovely, no longer a young girl and a determined, intelligent woman. After bargaining with her to remain for 4 weeks; if, after that, she still wanted an annulment he'd agree to it.
The first gathering they attended was where Rule told others he'd married. Everyone was agog, rumors abounded about why the marriage was kept secret. And Luke, a close friend of Rule's and a rake of renown, seemed too interested in Violet's lovely cousin, Caroline Lockhart, who seemed as innocent as Violet was. One of the men Violet met at that ball was Burton Stanfield, who was interested in purchasing Griffin Manufacturing, so she wanted to pursue that.
One night, when they attended a play, their lives were at risk from a fire; the result changed the nature of their marriage. And Violet began to feel love for her husband - but he felt sure he'd never be in love with any woman. On advice from his brother, he and Violet made a decision that would work better if the business was sold. Also, Caroline and Luke's situation came to the point of needing solution when Caroline decided to return to Boston rather than be in love with someone like Luke.
The situation that arose when a man was murdered and Rule was accused challenged everyone, and even though Violet felt sure that Rule would tire of her eventually, she worked to find the real murderer. And the longer she stayed, the more in love she was. When the end of it all came, nobody was more surprised than Rule.
“If you had wanted a wife, you would have come to retrieve the one you married.”Violet to Rule when she'd traveled to England.
“I helped my father before he died. After he was gone, I decided I was tired of sitting home grieving, so I went to the office and started to work. About the same time, the real Mr. Haskel fell ill and left the company, and I took over his job. I kept my efforts quiet, but I'm sure any number of people knew. They were simply smart enough to keep silent.”Violet to Rule when she wanted a job.
“Most men don't like independent women. So most women are afraid to behave that way.”Caroline to Luke on the balcony.
“We are both survivors, Carrie, you and I. We'll both make the best of what life hands us. That is our nature.”Violet to Caroline at the Whitewood soiree.
“--- Where a great deal of profit is involved, anything is possible.”Rule to Violet regarding Burton Stanfield.
“Sometimes the truth is painful, but in the end it's always better than a lie.”Violet to Rule when he'd admittedr the truth.
“Love is when you can't sleep at night unless the person you love is beside you. When you can't imagine a future without her in your life. It's when you look at your wife and feel your chest go tight. When you secretly thank God that He gave her to you. Love is when you feel sick to your stomach because you have hurt her.”Royal to Rule when asked what love is.
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