The Toddlers Grow Up

Before the funeral proper the Ackleys gathered to mourn Aulus privately

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Bartholomew was an insider who loved socialising and being in groups

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Rose taught him to play chess as was now a family tradition

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He turned out to have a real aptitude and enjoyment for the game, so much so that Rose and Allan began started inviting other like minded, gently bred children to the house to play and study during the holidays

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Allan loved to spend time with his children when he could

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But he only did fun things with them. More and more it seemed like a huge part of the childrearing was left to Annis, the unmarried sister. She loved the children but she began to feel a little like an unpaid servant and it really got her down

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Little Keziah grew into a child. Although it was obvious she had a keen brain that wasn’t considered important and instead she was pushed to excell in all the arts an accomplished young lady should

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When she wasn’t doing that she loved to spend time with her close friends Phoebe and Abeni

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Up until now Rose had had success publishing a few poems and short stories but nothing else. When her novel Dorinda; or The Path to Virtue (author: A Lady) was accepted she had thought it the proudest and most exciting day of her life. And now she was able to read an actual, physical copy of her book. Amazing.

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…It’s a New Generation

As time went on, fashions changed and technology grew more impressive. People even spoke differently and Royce noticed her name was increasingly pronounced more like Rose. Most of the old house was torn down and replaced with something more in the current style. John left to start a household of his own.

Annis would insist on still practicing Catholism but at least she was content to be educated in all the arts a young lady should know

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Allan found that he was suited to the the business side of land management, as ungenteel as that was. It was very hard work and he was glad to drink vast quantities of an exotic and fashionable new beverage called coffee which kept him energised

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He also spent a lot of time practicing various speeches, political and otherwise

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Little Bartholomew grew into a rather silly toddler who loved to play with toys

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Annis quite liked to take care of him sometimes

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Rose would often invite other ladies – and sometimes her brother – round to read and discuss books

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Aulus found her friends interesting too and even dared to exchange pleasentries with the eccentric and acerbic Miss Agyei

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In the evenings Rose like to settle down at her desk and work on her poetry

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And she kept it to herself that soon she would experience an Interesting Event