Sir Gareth Ludlow: Respectable member of the ton; fashionable and well-liked. Needs to marry; is visiting Hester, an old friend, to ask her to marry him.
Amanda Smith: Heroine. Sixteen years old. Headstrong, wilful and creative. Runs away from her grandfather because he will not consent to her marrying her Brigade-Major. Runs into Gareth who is determined to locate her grandfather. Invents dozens of false stories to try and throw Gareth off and has a tendency to run away.
Hildebrand Ross: Young man at Cambridge on his way to meet friends to go on a walking tour of Wales when he meets Amanda and Sir Gareth at an inn.
Lady Hester Theale: Not quite thirty-years old but her family despairs of her ever marrying. Lives with her brother and his wife. Leads a dull, respectable life.
Neil Kendal: Amanda's Brigade-Major, currently back on leave from Spain
Mrs Wetherby was delighted to recieve a morning call from her only surviving bother, but for the first half hour of his visit she was granted no opportunity to do more than exchange a few commonplaces with him over the head of her vociferous offsprng.
Georgette Heyer books contain no material inappropriate for readers of any age. Heyer does use a good deal of period slang, and so readers should have the ability and patience to determine meaning from context.
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