“Although she and Luke didn’t precisely live in each other’s pocket, both having interests of their own to pursue, they spent a good deal of time together, as they had in those halcyon days prior to t...he dinner party and Luke’s unexpected desertion to London.
They began socialising more often, accepting invitations to many events in the neighbourhood, including a lavish party held at Willoughby Hall, where the baronet’s wife once again proved herself to be the most accomplished hostess in the district. The evening spent with Dr Mansfield and his sister proved equally enjoyable, as did the alfresco gathering at another neighbour’s home.
As July gave way to August Briony began to observe subtle changes in Luke’s behaviour. When they remained at home in the evenings, she would often catch him staring at her thoughtfully. Their eyes would meet and she would receive the natural warmth of his smile, before he returned to what he was doing, which was usually reading.MoreLessShow More Show Less