A bouquet of roses arrives a few days later with a card from Royce. His words have me blushing again, although they are by no means improper. I know he’s asked Father for the privilege of courting me.

I also know that both Father and Mother were extremely pleased and eager for me to accept his advances, and that they gave their permission for the courtship heartily.

I read the card again.

Miss Hale, would you do me the honor of escorting me this Friday-

Pushing the card away roughly, I sigh. After I collect myself, I send my reply.