My intent is to post this story in 10 chapters over 5 weeks, on Tuesday and Friday.
Peter, the editor, suggests that a list of the main characters and locales would help.
Here are the 2 main families as they are at the beginning of the story:
ParentsL Earl and Countess Fenhurst
Hester (now Mrs. Whitley)
George, honorary Viscount Fenhurst
Joan (now Baroness Driller)
Seat: Glassmere Hall
London House Darrow House
Parents: Marquess of Stroud and his wife the Marchioness
Deborah (Now Countess Standish)
James, Honorary Earl Dorwich)
. (Married to Lenora)
Seat: Stround Hall
London houses: Stroud House
Honorary titles are titles that had formerly been given to an ancestor of the family. They are used by the heir, but do not entitle him to a vote in the House of Lords. The use varies; James is widely known as “Dorwich”; George is usually “Lord George.”