I cannot stop thinking of you. From the mornings you ease, to the evenings you quiet, to the dreams you inhabit, my thoughts of you never end. I am yours, Daphne. I have always been yours.
If I were truly courting you, I would not need flowers, only five minutes alone with you in a drawing room.[to Daphne]
To meet a beautiful woman is one thing, but to meet your best friend in the most beautiful of women is something entirely apart.
We could pretend to form an attachment. With you on my arm, the world will believe I’ve finally found my duchess. Every presumptuous mother in town will leave me alone, and every suitor will be looking at you. You must know, men are always interested in a woman when they believe another, particularly a duke, to be interested as well.
Romance was entirely out of the question for both of us. But in so removing it, we found something far greater. We found friendship.