More from the Pre-steampunk book
Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. This is a sample from my latest work in progress, "A Designing Woman", and I hope you enjoy it. This is the start of the next chapter and introduces more of the family. There is excitement in the air; Amanda finally shows some interest in a young man.
(last weeks snippet).
The next morning, Lord Caterham and his son Frederick thundered into the stable-yard on their hunters. They had ridden hard from Ewelme manor in Dursley after receiving important news the night before via a messenger from Lady Caterham. Lord Caterham rushed into the house, while Frederick ensured that the stable hands properly rubbed down, cooled off, watered and fed their horses.
“Elizabeth,” Lord Caterham shouted after he entered the hall, “Is it true?”
“Is what true?”
“Amanda finally has a beau.”
“Quiet, please; let's talk in the parlor. Things are, I think, at a delicate stage and I don't want to upset them.”
A few minutes later, in the parlor, behind a closed and latched door, Lady Caterham filled her master and helpmate in on what had happened.
“They met at the assembly. Danced three dances; would have danced a fourth had manners allowed; then he rode here yesterday, ostensibly to see how we had recovered from our exertions, but”
This is a work in progress. Here are links on tablo and authonomy. Apparently Steampunk implies Victorian, Dieselpunk the 1920's. What-punk should a Regency period book be? Horse-punk isn't right.
I'm calling this proto-steampunk simply because I was told in no uncertain terms that "steampunk" meant Victorian with ubiquitous steam technology. Amanda's working before that and during the Regency, so it cannot be steampunk.