The girl was young and, he was quite sure, pure and unspoilt. Anything was better than having to face the horror and scandal of divorce proceedings. Peony, if she bore his name, was a woman who he would always be ashamed of. - why consort with such individuals if one is ashamed to be with them in reality.
But perhaps our duty is just to make this world a little better than it was when we came into it!” - that's a nice sentiment.
Thank you so very much, thank you. It is, I am afraid, one hundred thousand pounds.” - this is the largest debt I've come across for a BC novel
“I know that, when I meet people who have had to fight for their position in life, they are far more vital and interesting than those who have always been lying comfortably without any effort on your bed of roses.” - true!
To the Marquis it was somehow a comfort as well as a delight to have her beside him and he only hoped that she felt the same. - that's sweet. He was not such an arrogant ass as they're usually made out to be.
“When I look ahead I am sure I am right in thinking that you could and will become a Governor of one of our Colonies or perhaps the Viceroy of India.” - ah yes, who doesn't love colonizers.... ..... ..... 😒😒😒