The Pauper Prince
Mara offered her room for Lucinda to stay in as often as needed during her friend’s trying time. The Countess was grateful and ready to take up the offer, but her acceptance was moot. The King and Queen did not grant permission for this, stressing that the castle was not a home for wayward women, and that the Countess’ place was with her husband, regardless of the state of their marriage. The latter admonition came from an unwritten law: society’s law. Kelvin, for his part, offered support for her intention but ultimately agreed with his parents.