Loughton Hall, Kent
April, 1634

Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth, crossed the wide, soft carpets of the library at Loughton Hall. She stood over the desk and brooded at her unfinished manuscript. Today it would not get the best of her. Today she would write. The light was good, but she crossed to adjust the curtains. She sharpened her pen. Again. The ink seemed to be a bit low. She should call one of the maids to fill it. No. Enough. She ceased her fidgeting and sat, determined, but the manuscript brooded . . .

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