Forever Yours - A book by Tomas Chevalier(7)

By: Tomas Chevalier

Practicallyisn't good enough. She's from a lower class family and she doesn'trespect the same moral and social values as do we. It is myresponsibility to ensure that this distinguished bloodline continuesas it should and that it is preserved for future generations – notinfectedwith inferior genes. I only wish you had the same sense of respectand responsibility.”

Inside,James was infuriated with his father's statement that Erika's geneswere somehow inferior and likely to infect his family's bloodline. Healso resented the insinuation that he did not feel the utmost respectfor his background and future. The responsibility had never been loston James. He had always deeply understood the background to hisfamily and social standing and respected the comfort which he hadbeen afforded as a result. To have the opportunity to be a link inthis extraordinary chain was something he relished. He just wishedthat the aristocracy could be somewhat more modern.To refuse to bless a loving relationship purely on the basis that hischoice of girlfriend came from a different social class was, to him,absurd. It had taken six months to convince his father to even meetErika before dismissing her out of hand. It had made very littledifference.

Erikaadmired James' father. Many of her friends in Britain found itstrange that she should have such a profound sense of admiration forthe man who was denying her the right to see her own boyfriend andwho seemed so entrenched in ancient rituals. To Erika, as a productof the American federal system, this was exactly what made him sofascinating and admirable. The pomp and circumstance was trulyawesome and the tradition and gravitas with which the members of thefamily carried out their everyday lives was a world apart from whatErika knew and she was awestruck by the venom with which many of herBritish contemporaries treated the landed gentry. To her, coming froma country without this wondrous social history, she saw it as a greatshame that the British people were beginning to shun theirworld-admired traditions. Deep down, she knew that the Duke wouldnever sanction the marriage of her and James and that, for thatreason, it could never happen. The immense pain of this realisationwas eased only – and only very slightly so – by her understandingand respect for his family and their values. Sometimes she wonderedwhether her understanding and acceptance in the face of such flagrantdisregard said more about her upbringing than it did of James'family.