Madame has returned back from her stroll in the Tuileries Gardens.
Waiting for her is a post from Philadelphia.
The news is shocking!
She is prostrate with grief-
she does not want to believe her transgression of the past
could cause even more pain to someone now almost twenty years later.
Especially to someone so innocent and unaware of it’s source.
Almost twenty years ago, two sisters- Elvira and Susan Scattergood
came to Paris on their Grand Tour.
They stopped to visit a distant cousin Madame Robillard.
It is in her Salon that they were introduced to Mr. Frederic Spedden,
a wealthy American from north of Boston.
Frederic took a liking to Susan, and she to him.
Unfortunately unbeknownst to the sisters,
he was already betrothed!
But Susan’s heart was already in danger-
as well as her reputation.
Elvira did everything within her power to stop the chain of events
that would bring disgrace to her sister-
but to no avail.
And now years later- not only is Susan still paying the price-
But so will others, an entire continent away.