"As mistress of the house I imaging my main duty would be to organise the family's
social life - but in the evenings, if we were on our own, I should enjoy sketching
and reading, maybe we could take turns to read out loud to one another. I should
take up my needlework again, tapestry, and making lace, (I have a large collection
of antique lace bobbins)."
"We might play cards or parlour games, and sing. Last year I started to teach
myself the piano, but didn't get very far, through pressure of time, but I should
like to practice again. John and I are great opera-goers, and there might be an
opportunity there, as the autumn is the season for the touring opera companies."
"One of the problems I envisage is hanging on to my figure in the face of these huge
meals, but both Avril and I are keen walkers and would both leap at the opportunity
to ride side-saddle."
"I do think it would take time to get over my guilt at having people to do
things for me - this is going to be a very heavy work load for the poor maids,
but having adapted to a life of pleasure and leisure, how would I ever return
to the grind of normality?"
"More importantly, would I subsequently get my husband to resign his role
as unquestioned head of the family? I have worries about how I will react
to the formality of life, the need to be circumspect at all times, the lack
of make-up, but I will love the clothes."