Upon entering the house, I immediately found myself in a room.
I could see a fireplace and hearth at the back of the room.
I wondered if the sleeping area was separate, as there were two doors attached to the wall.
In the center of the room, a table and two chairs were placed,
And a woman was sitting in one of those chairs.
Light brown hair, green eyes.
Not beautiful at first glance, but she looked gentle.
Her eyes were slightly downturned, which was charming.
The woman had a surprised look on her face due to my sudden visit,
But when she saw me come in, she hastily stood up and performed a servant’s bow.
. . .It was a very elegant bow befitting a noblewoman.
“Could you lift your face? Sorry for surprising you by coming suddenly.
I was worried that Douglas kept resting, so I came.
Hey, Douglas. Can you tell me what’s going on?”
“. . .Don’t you already know?
You know where this house is.”
“Yeah, but I still want to hear it from Douglas.
Sorry for investigating on my own.”
Knowing the house means you probably know this woman too.
Douglas seemed to want to say that, but I wanted to hear the situation from Douglas.
Not just the facts, but why things were this way.
“It can’t be helped that you investigated.
I was briefed when I became Sofia-sama’s schoolmate.
Certainly, some may try to use the position of a schoolmate, and
Some may even incite a schoolmate to do something.
I think that can’t be helped in itself.”
“I understand the situation to some extent,
But can you tell me why it ended up like this?”
“Okay. Can you sit down for now?”
I was shown to the table’s chair and invited to sit,
And the woman retreated to the back room.
It seems she did not intend to be present for our conversation.
When I take a seat, I’m apologized to for not being able to serve tea.
“I’m sorry. I’ve only been here for about two weeks.
I haven’t even had time to get my things together.”
“You came here in such a hurry.
. . .She’s a maid of the Marquis family, right?”
She’s the third daughter of the Count Pierne family, and once married into the Count Ponette family.”
“Of the Count Pierne family.
So if she once married, does that mean she got divorced and came back?
Why is she serving as a maid in the Douglas house instead of returning to the Count’s house?”
If you were divorced and left your husband’s place, then if there’s no issue, you can return home, and
It’s normal to look for another place to marry again.
It’s unusual to go out and work as a maid without returning home.
“The Count Pierne family is a branch of our family.
I haven’t interacted much with Emma, but I know Count and his wife.
The Count Pierne family has many children, and Emma has five siblings.”
“Five more! So, six siblings in total?”
“Yes, and they all have the same mother.
It’s not like the Count has a second wife or concubines.”
Many families want to have many children for the continuation of the household.
Some even have children by a second wife or concubines.
However, it is quite rare for a noble family to have six children by one wife.
“It seems Emma was desired as a wife because of her large family.
. . .A little before the court lady’s employment exam, she was proposed to by the Ponette family, which was of the same Count rank but had more assets.
The Ponette family only had one son, so
They proposed to Emma to have her bear many children.
The Pierne family, unable to provide a dowry because of their many children,
Accepted the offer of a large sum for preparation money from the Ponette family.
Apparently, Emma had no reason to refuse.”
“. . .I see.”
Indeed, there would be no reason to refuse.
To be asked to come as the wife of an only son, with a large amount of preparation money prepared.
No one would be able to refuse, and most would be happy to marry.
What’s concerning is that this happened before the court lady’s employment exam.
Perhaps they acted first, thinking that if she was hired as a court lady, she might be refused.
This also shows how highly Emma was valued and married.
“But three years after the marriage, they still hadn’t had a child.
Apparently, they had a contract when they got married.
If no child was born within three years, they would divorce.
But even if they divorced, they would not ask for the preparation money back.
When the Ponette family decided to divorce, she was to obey quietly.”
“I see. . .so she was divorced because they didn’t have a child.”