"MAR" Monogram by Heraldic Artist J. Gordon Smith, from his book, Monograms in Three and Four Letters (1903) London, England
Weight: 12.4 grams
Size: 42 x 52 mm
Inventory #: TP065
Heroine in the Making
Clutching my pendant in my hand, I look out at my parents on the dock. I have just graduated from university and have taken a position in another country. Sailing by ship is the easiest way to get to India to be the new governess for the Duke of Norfolk and his family. I have never been this far away from family, and I am nearly petrified at the thought of starting this new chapter of my life. Taking one final look and waving goodbye, I sigh and move back to my room. Slowly, excitement is starting to set in, and I know I am ready for this adventure. Like the heroines of my favorite novels, I am young and anxious to find myself. I smile and adjust my necklace, a parting gift from my parents containing my monogram. Yes, my name is Marie, and I have decided that I, too, will be a heroine in my own story.
Historical Fiction by Amanda Ashmore