|There she was shown into the beautiful drawing-room by smiling Marie, who had been with Lady Russell from the time when, as Madge Bettany, she had begun her school on the shores of Tiernsee, the most beautiful lake of all Tirol. Marie had wedded Sir James Russell’s servant, André Monier, and the two had remained in the service of the doctor and his wife, having their own rooms in whichever house the family occupied. The Monier babies had been among the earliest playfellows of the Russell children, and Greta, Jacques, José and Petit André had been brought by their parents to England when the Chalet School and the Sanatorium had been forced to leave Tirol after Hitler had marched into Austria. The Moniers had applied for naturalisation papers, but he war had prevented the matter being concluded. However, José and Petit André had both been born in England, so they, at least, could claim British nationality.|
|And the eldest daughter is definitely Gretchen in other books - although I suppose Greta could be a short.|
|Ha! Maybe Marie ditched her childhood sweetie Andreas for sexy french Andre during that missing year|
|And what if a romance developed later?|
|The Round House had a farm attached didn't it?|
Where does it say this? Could be useful *ponders* But are you thinking of the Quadrant?
|At one meadow she nodded, and told them that her sister, Lady Russell, lived in a house among the trees. ‘At least, it’s not exactly among the trees,’ she added. ‘Really, it stands above them. It’s an old Georgian hunting lodge, and it has a glorious round room for the—well, I suppose you’d call it the living-room. There’s a farm attached, and so my sister has her work cut out, what with all her family, and four of my brother’s kiddies, as well as her own three to look after.|
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