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Finally I discerned the queen at the center of the circle of ladies. Her back was to me as she faced the mirror. One lady knelt to fasten her slippers. Another held out a selection of glimmering jewelry. A third tended to her skirts, while a fourth stood on a stool combing her curled hair. “Your Majesty, I bring you Lady Catherine Archer as you requested,” announced Lady Mary. The ladies fell back and the queen turned to face me. I could not help staring. I noticed how slender she was, how wide and white her forehead, how bright her hair.
She was dressed now, her ample flesh restrained by a dark-colored bodice. Frances, sitting on her bed, raised her hands to her face. The other beds were empty. Emme stood regarding me with light brown eyes that were not unfriendly. “I am Catherine Archer, daughter of the late Sir Thomas Archer of Winchester and as much a lady as either of you,” I said, hoping they would not laugh at me. Instead they looked startled. I got up and stood in my shift while Lady Mary measured me for new clothes. ” Grumbling, Frances obeyed.
I asked Emme. “Why, have you not seen him at court? He is unmistakable—tall and quite proud,” she said. I shook my head. There had been little opportunity to observe the gentlemen courtiers, let alone learn their names. “The queen sent him to Ireland to put down the rebels, then to the Netherlands when she sent Monsieur Frenchman away. Now he profits from … shipping,” Emme explained with raised eyebrows. “I’ve heard his dream is to colonize the New World,” said Graham. “I’d sail with him. ” “Every young man fancies himself an adventurer,” grumbled Leicester.