At that moment, when Earl Thornton asked Miss Beckett for her hand and she agreed, making him the happiest man in the world, the Duke of Ashton burst into the room, saying that young Miss Katherine could not marry him, since only he, the Duke, should become her husband and no one else.
She collapsed right on the floor being fainted after the Duke said:
“I compromised Miss Beckett a month ago in my stable. That's why my duty is to marry her now!”
For poor girl the marriage with the Duke of Ashton was like a nightmare! She hated him with all her heart.
“I'm afraid to upset you, my lord, that there is love only between me and your daughter on my part,” Richard said truthfully to her father. “But I'm ready to do my best so that Miss Beckett once feels the same way that I feel for her now.”
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