children, they will be loved and they will be taught to laugh at society’s rules when they don’t suit them. They will have your strength of conviction, Jack, and your mother’s strength of purpose. We will all honor her. She was a remarkable woman. I wish I’d had an opportunity to know her. She gave me something very precious. “I love you, Jack Dodger. I love you with all my heart and soul. If I must live with you without benefit of marriage, so be it. I shall do it with no regrets and with an amazing amount of pride that you’ve chosen me to stand at your side. And when I go to hell, I shall gladly dance with you.”
“Really?” Catherine didn’t look at all appalled. “What was it like to wear trousers in public?”
“Quite . . . liberating, actually.”
“I daresay, I think we wear far too many layers of clothes.”
“I agree,” both men said at once.
Olivia and Catherine giggled like young girls.