1. Describe Venetia's younger brother, Aubrey.
Venetia's younger brother, Aubrey, is a crippled scholar. He is a poor companion for Venetia because he spends most of his time studying.
2. What does Venetia plan to do with her inheritance? Why does she stay at her brother's estate?
Venetia was left an inheritance large enough to use to set up her own house. Venetia plans to do so someday, but now she is staying at her family home inherited by her brother. While her brother is away with the military, Venetia cares for the home.
3. How does Venetia feel about her deceased father?
Venetia cares little for her father because she knows he didn't care much for her. People are shocked when Venetia tells people that she doesn't miss him.
4. What is Venetia's relationship with Lady Denny?
Lady Denny is one of the few people allowed to visit the manor when Venetia's father was alive. Lady Denny tries to act as a mother figure for Venetia, advising her to act with propriety. Venetia likes Lady Denny, but just tolerates her unsolicited advice.
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