Markham Hall.   Posted by Sir John Marke.Group: 0
Sir John Marke
 GM, 115 posts
Sun 6 Feb 2022
at 01:53
Markham Hall
Sir John says, "Lady Victoria and Miss Walsh, may I invite you to partake of whatever dishes plese you? Sally and Doris will be most happy to serve you."
Angeline Walsh
 player, 21 posts
 It's all so simple
 is it?
Sat 26 Feb 2022
at 23:09
Markham Hall
In reply to Sir John Marke (msg # 57):

Angeline then made her request, and waited for the maid to bring it.
Sir John Marke
 GM, 116 posts
Sun 27 Feb 2022
at 03:46
Markham Hall
Doris listened carefully to Angeline, and brought her what she had requested. The maid said "I do hope this is to your liking, ma'm. If not, there are plenty of other dishes, as you can see."

OOC: I could have Doris say more if I knew what Angeline had ordered.

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:31, Sun 06 Mar.

Angeline Walsh
 player, 22 posts
 It's all so simple
 is it?
Sat 5 Mar 2022
at 23:30
Markham Hall
In reply to Sir John Marke (msg # 59):

Angeline thanked her.

Ooc: She ordered scones, butter, and jam.
Sir John Marke
 GM, 117 posts
Sun 6 Mar 2022
at 02:34
Markham Hall
Doris carefully buttered warm scones from the dish on the sideboard and added gooseberry jam.
Then she presented the scones with a polite curtsey and said, as noted, that if this was not to her liking there were many other choices.
Sir John Marke
 GM, 118 posts
Sun 6 Mar 2022
at 02:35
Markham Hall
Meanwhile Sally --who always enjoyed masculine company --- was urging the gentlemen guests to permit her to serve them...
Sir John Marke
 GM, 128 posts
Fri 13 May 2022
at 03:11
Markham Hall
Sally looks a bit hurt that neither Robert nor the vicar shows interest in her obvious charms,  but she moves on to William Hood and leans over him to display her bosom while cooing "Surely there is something I can fetch such a gallant gentleman. How can I serve you?"
William Anthony Hood
 Prime, 58 posts
Mon 16 May 2022
at 05:56
Markham Hall
"Well, Sally, perhaps some chicken, if you please, along with a few potatoes.  That seems like a good start."
Sir John Marke
 GM, 129 posts
Tue 17 May 2022
at 02:12
Markham Hall
Sally, though hoping for a warmer response, said "Certainly, sir," and promptly provided a very full dish with about half a chicken and as many potatoes as she could cram on the dish.
She dexterously placed this before William, saying "If there is anything else I can do for you, I shall be most happy to serve you, sir."

William Anthony Hood
 Prime, 59 posts
Tue 17 May 2022
at 03:33
Markham Hall
William cleared his throat.

"Yes, well, I think this should be sufficient, thank you..."

Sir John Marke
 GM, 130 posts
Wed 18 May 2022
at 02:44
Markham Hall
Sally suppresses her disappointment and says "Very well, sir." She then resumes a more conventional servant demeanor and circles around to make sure the others are satisfied.
Since Angelina had appeared interested, Sally asks her politely, "May I assist you, ma'm?"
Angeline Walsh
 player, 27 posts
 It's all so simple
 is it?
Sat 21 May 2022
at 22:14
Markham Hall
In reply to Sir John Marke (msg # 67):

"No, thank you. If I do need anything, I shall ask." Angeline said politely, and turned her head back to her plate, picking up a scone spread in butter and biting into it.
Sir John Marke
 GM, 134 posts
Sun 22 May 2022
at 03:21
Markham Hall
Sally retreats, defeated, and takes up a conventional servant stance beside the sideboard, watching to see if any of the guests needs anything. The other maid, Doris, has been standing there already. Sally whispers to her "A vicar, a cold fish, and a dashing officer --and none of them will give me the time o' day."<Brown>
Doris responds sharply, <Brown>"The master's dinner is no place for your games, Sally."

Sally answers, a bit more angrily, "Games, is it? What about that dirty fellow you've been sneaking about with? He's a far sight worse than any of this lot."
Realizing she has spoken so loudly the guests might overhear her, Sally suddenly falls silent.
The butler gives her a severe look, and Sir John glances at her as well.

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:31, Mon 23 May.

William Anthony Hood
 Prime, 60 posts
Mon 23 May 2022
at 01:19
Markham Hall
William stepped into the moment, before any lasting embarrassment might harm the evening.

"Miss Walsh, have you tried the jam on your scone?  Can you possibly tell what type of fruit it is composed of?  I cannot tell from my vantage point, and I am considering trying a sample."
Angeline Walsh
 player, 28 posts
 It's all so simple
 is it?
Sat 4 Jun 2022
at 21:52
Markham Hall
In reply to William Anthony Hood (msg # 70):

Angeline smiled politely. " Yes, I have. Blueberry, I believe."

This message was last edited by the player at 21:53, Sat 04 June.

Sir John Marke
 GM, 140 posts
Thu 28 Jul 2022
at 02:40
Markham Hall
Hoping to make up for her awkward moment, and admiring William, Sally hastens to bring the jam to William, saying "Jam for your scone, Major? It's boiled from our own berries in the kitchen garden."
Sir John Marke
 GM, 144 posts
Mon 10 Oct 2022
at 02:28
Markham Hall
Being in a little too eager to serve William, Sally manages to lose her grip on the jam pot and spill jam all over William's dress shirt. She recoils in horror, crying "Oh, pray forgive me, major!"

Sir John stares at Sally and says in shocked surprise, "That is not the quality of service I should expect from anyone at Markham Hall, Sally. You must ask Mrs. Partridge for a cloth to clean the major's clothes."

Sally, blushing furiously, hastens towards the kitchen offices.
William Anthony Hood
 Prime, 66 posts
Tue 25 Oct 2022
at 02:12
Markham Hall
William was studiously trying to ignore Sally's attentions when she dropped the jam pot on him, spilling the jam all over his shirt.  He stood up, and was brushing away the jam, all the while muttering "not at all, I have plenty of shirts..." - then he noticed the way the jam splotched red on his white shirt, looking very much the way blood from musket wounds looked on white linen shirts beneath the red Hussar's uniforms, and his own face went white for a moment from the memory.  For just a moment, the sounds of battle were all around him, the whirring of shot overhead and nearby, the concussion of canon firing canister shot that sounded like a million hot angry hornets flying by, the screams of dying men and horses...for a moment, it was all too much.

He grabbed the back of his chair to steady himself, felt his knee give way, then managed to get himself back into the chair without falling down.

To the others he waved his hand, saying "It's only a bit of jam...no need for a great fuss."
David Arabin
 Vicar of Alton, 45 posts
Tue 25 Oct 2022
at 15:18
Markham Hall
"Are you well, Mister Hood? Would you care for a glass of water - or something stronger - or to step out for a breath of air?"

The Vicar looked concerned.
Sir John Marke
 GM, 145 posts
Wed 26 Oct 2022
at 03:23
Markham Hall
Sir John gave Sally a very severe looked that promised future discussion of care i serving a guest, and offered "We can easily find a glass of brandy if that would be more reviving, Major."
William Anthony Hood
 Prime, 67 posts
Sun 30 Oct 2022
at 04:33
Markham Hall
"Yes, some brandy would be most invigorating", William replied, feeling a bit embarrassed at causing a scene.
Sir John Marke
 GM, 146 posts
Mon 31 Oct 2022
at 00:35
Markham Hall
Sir John turns to Doris (the plain, quiet maid) and says briskly, "Brandy for the major at once, please."

Doris bobs her head, hastens to a decanter on the sideboard, pours a brimming glass of brandy and carefully sets it before Major Hood, being sure not to spill a drop. Having done so, she politely retires, but cannot resist casting one admiring glance at him. She may not be as smitten with him as Sally, but she is not completely immune to his charms.
William Anthony Hood
 Prime, 68 posts
Tue 1 Nov 2022
at 01:45
Markham Hall
"Thank you", Major Hood replied when Doris set the glass down before him.  He raised the glass carefully, cupping it and giving the glass a swirl to warm the glass a bit, took a sniff, and then drank a measured sip.  It was outstanding, as expected from Sir John's stock.  "Pomace, I presume, from the colour", he continued, "since my time in the field I have rather acquired a taste for Armagnac, which of course is now quite difficult to obtain.  But this has a fine finish, my compliments, Sir John."

This message was last edited by the player at 01:47, Tue 01 Nov.

Sir John Marke
 GM, 147 posts
Wed 2 Nov 2022
at 00:33
Markham Hall
Sir John nods politely and says, "I am very glad the brandy is to your taste, major, and I hope it proves restorative. Armagnac, alas, I have not seen --or tasted -- since the last we laid down before the war was drunk, and I do not expect to have more until peace is at last restored. There are those "free-traders" who traffic in it, of course, but as a magistrate I can hardly countenance such dealings."
Sir John Marke
 GM, 149 posts
Sat 26 Nov 2022
at 03:35
Markham Hall
Since he felt the unfortunate episode has rather spoilt the dinner, Sir John waits until everyone has finished and says, "I must crave everyone's pardon for this unfortunate little contretemps. I hope that we will nonetheless be able to continue to sustain the connections with our new acquaintances. I look forward to seeing you all again soon. If any of you has a suggestion for another suitable occasion we might celebrate together, I would be very glad to hear it."