With no parents, little money, and a young sister to care for, Margaret turns to Sophie Green, shopkeeper turned match-maker.
...A young servant girl must accompany me. I can not consider any situation that would not allow for this. I understand it is unusual but it is also absolutely necessary. I trust my future to you, Miss Green, from one woman to another...
...I do have one option. I have not met him in person. However, I have received numerous testimonies from those close to him that suggest he is a decent man. The only thing I can tell you for certain is that Mr. Lytton greatly desires to have a son...
“You’re going to meet Abbott Lytton? To work for him?”
“We’re to be married.”
“Are you sure that’s the man? There must be a mistake. I can’t imagine what in the world would make him want to marry. No disrespect, Miss. Nothing at all against you. It’s just that Mr. Lytton is a different sort. He’s, well, he’s…”