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Public and Private Retribution Part 1: Charles was nearing his eighteenth birthday, having been placed in the charge of Governess Dupres by his parents a year previously due to his low academic attainment and a persistent willful and stubborn nature, which had been a source of great disappointment to them.
The Governess, a woman with an established reputation as a strict Victorian Disciplinarian, was responsible for overseeing a focused programme of re-education and character improvement for the young man. As was her custom, and much to his continuing acute embarrassment given his years, the Governess had dressed him in his thick corduroy short trousers, along with his winter coat, and woolen scarf and gloves, as she did not wish him to catch a chill on that cold March day.
The walk into town was pleasant, with Ms. Dupres making periodic conversation with Charles on the evident signs around them of the budding springtime. As was usually expected of him on such occasions, Charles walked slightly behind his Governess, while she, again to his embarrassment, led him by the hand, albeit struggling somewhat to keep up with her determined pace.
On entering the main street of the town, Ms. Dupres had Charles wait outside the chemist shop while she purchased some items of a personal nature. After completing these purchases, she led the young man next door into the small clothing shop.
Johnson, was well known to Charles, as his Governess had on previous occasions ordered his clothes from her. She was an elegant, neat woman of middle years and a seamstress of renowned skill who was expert on advising Ms. Dupres on suitable clothing for her slim-built senior ward. Dupres, I believe the satin short trousers will be just right for those special occasions you mentioned.
I will have the three pairs made up in the colors which you requested. Charles was wholly mortified to hear these words from the seamstress; after all, he had secretly hoped that his Governess would progress him to wearing long trousers given his approaching adult status, but it was the reference to the lace underwear that had unnerved him the most.
He caught the eye of Ms. Dupres with a beseeching look, but she treated him with complete indifference. However, he was too stunned to think of questioning Ms. Dupres about her purchases.
She, for her part, was far too experienced not to detect his obvious surliness, but had decided to herself that she would resolve the matter later at an appropriate time and in the appropriate manner.
Further along the main street, at the corner, was a large haberdashery shop run by a Mr. Charles had never been to this particular shop before, but he noticed that Ms. Charles was instructed by his Governess to sit quietly on the bench in the shop corner until she had completed her transactions.
A number of other customers, principally women, were also present in the shop at this time of the mid-morning. After a few moments conversation with Ms. Thompson went out to the rear of his shop where Charles surmised he kept his supplies. The Governess continued facing towards the counter away from Charles.
He noticed that she had taken off her doe-skinned gloves while waiting for Mr. He was yet again, as on numerous other public occasions together, struck by the singular beauty and graceful deportment of his Governess.
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