A Happy Misunderstanding
Firmly securing the clasp, Anna was struck by the light gleaming off of her silver pendant. Caressing it with her finger, she suddenly began to reminisce about the story of her great, great grandmother Anna, whom she was named after. Grandmother Anna’s father had recently received a new appointment from the King, which led to a very fortuitous marriage for Anna’s older brother. The marriage claimed a new station and reputation for Anna’s family but soon proved challenging for Anna. Anna was very beautiful and had received a formal education and had the usual accomplishments to boast. However; with her station being so new, many of the upper crust ladies snubbed their noses at her as she entered ballrooms and social affairs; but the men were entranced with her. Anna’s father was soon petitioned for her hand in marriage by one of the most eligible and sought after men in the country. Most ladies would have fawned and simpered over this marriage prospect, but Anna was not impressed. The gentleman appeared to be of a proud and haughty nature. Her father, however, saw something more. The date was set and the banns were read. Although Anna approached the altar with reserved trepidation, she was soon to discover her intended was beyond reproach. Instead of haughty pride she found thoughtful consideration. Happy was she her father had the clearer understanding of her husband’s true nature.
Historical fiction by Amanda Ashmore
Monogram: Anna Monogram from the heraldic artist J.M. Bergling whose work was originally printed in the book Art Monograms and Lettering in 1908