The use of power makes courting easy;
the misuse of absolute power makes courting unnecessary.
The author has asserted moral rights under sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.
This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance between any of the characters depicted herein and any real person, living or dead is wholly a matter of Nature imitating Art. Manchester, Guildford and Nottingham all have excellent Public Day Schools (known in America as private schools), as do many other places in England. Stapleford, Sandiacre and the River Erewash exist, but Stapleford Grange does not, at least not there; nor, unfortunately, do the water-meadows. Robert Smythson did build stately homes in the late XVIth century in that part of England; the architecture of the Grange is modelled on his Wollaton Hall some five miles from Stapleford.
Author's Note: It is difficult to portray multi-lingual conversation in works such as this. Since some of my readers may not be fully fluent both in French and in the Kobekistani dialect of Arabic, the convention used is that, where the distinction matters, all direct speech in English quotation marks is in English, thus "This is English"; French is in continental quotation marks, thus: «This is French»; Kobekistani Arabic is in italic between tildes, thus ~This is Arabic~.