Lucia knew full well that, given her own injuries, the Wyses and Bartletts could not possibly do anything else but give her immediate and complete absolution.
Naturally, it came to pass that they did and the issue was laid to rest forever.
Upon hearing of Miss Lyall's motives for attempted murder, Irene was furious with Georgie and bursting with recriminations for his irresponsible flaunting of his admittedly implausible allure.
She railed against his repeated flirting over the years, which she felt led on the poor deluded spinster and held him solely responsible for the injuries suffered by Lucia.
In his defence Georgie could quite reasonably point out that he was only trying to be kind to Miss Lyall and to brighten her drab existence at her unpleasant employer's beck and call. "She would have to have been insane to have taking my friendly little jokes seriously," he complained, before realising that she had been deranged and did take his drolleries at face value, "Whoops," he added. Irene took this as an admission of guilt.
When Lucia's full recovery was apparent, Irene calmed somewhat. She desisted from her campaign of slander against Georgie and merely maintained a surly silence towards him.
In truth, however fallacious, Georgie had been quite flattered to be cast as a Lothario, whom Miss Lyall found irresistible and whose manly charms drove her to an impetuous crime of passion.
It had never really occurred to Georgie that of all the charms he might possess, he had any very manly ones at all, let alone such that might be singled out for special attention.
Eventually, Lucia was discharged from Tilling Hospital and sadly relinquished the side ward where she had so enjoyed holding court.
After thanking the nurses for her care and distributing thank you gifts of flowers and chocolates, the Mayor hobbled toward the exit, with one arm leaning on Georgie and the other in a sling, "All good things come to an end," she thought.
The ultimate destination of the Duke's car was Portsmouth, where the destroyer, HMS Fury awaited to take the former King to begin his exile in France on the way to Austria.
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