Miss Deborah Cavendish, Deborah, Deb: Full name: Claudia Deborah Georgiana Cavendish but prefers her second name Deborah and is known as Deb. Auburn hair with brown eyes, she is taller than average, and strides rather than walks. She speaks her mind. Sister of Sir Gerald Cavendish (her half-brother). Aunt to Jack whom she is raising. Lives in a townhouse in Milsom Street, Bath. Deb is a considerable heiress and a member of the illustrious Cavendish family. Her great-grandfather was the younger brother of the Duke of Devonshire. She is a cousin of the present Duke. Considered a “Black Cavendish” because she ran away to Paris at age 16 to care for her terminally ill beloved half-brother Otto (Jack’s father). She is approaching her 21st birthday and has no recollection of her midnight marriage at the age of 12 to Julian, Marquis of Alston, heir to the Roxton Dukedom. Society tolerates her eccentricities because she is a Cavendish. An accomplished musician, she plays a viola and is teaching her nephew, though she believes Jack has outgrown her tutelage and needs a proper music teacher. Deb plays cards with a group of retired soldiers at the Pump Room and befriends people regardless of rank and fortune, much to her brother’s displeasure. Once a week she has French language lessons with an old retired gentleman, M’sieur Ellicott, who lives on the outskirts of Bath. Deb is being courted by Mr. Robert Thesiger but when she saves the life of an injured duelist in the Avon forest she falls in love with him.
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