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The pianoforte

victorian romance and love story


It is early summer in Brighton, 1839. A young woman, Miss Emily Cheston, is about to enter society the upcoming season, but first she needs to improve her musical and art talents. However, her new music teacher seems to take a passionately interest in her, and soon she finds herself utterly in love. As summer turns to autumn, Emily has a difficult choice to make…

Product details:

Format: ebook
Category: Victorian romance and erotica
Written: 2011
Length: 7 pages, 4100 words
File size: 300KB
Publisher: Independently published by
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First 100 words:

How anyone could be so young and so very much in love as I was during that summer in Brighton, is sometimes a mystery even to myself as I look back to the events of the summer of 1839.
I was two-and-twenty years old and it had finally been decided that the following season I was at last to come out to society. Several of my closest friends had been out for years, however thanks to my older sister who did not got herself married until the age of seven-and-twenty, I had to wait for my turn, something which I at the time regarded as a personal insult. Nevertheless, as all other girls I was quite exited about my débute.

Tags: Romantic liaisons, teacher, passion, fairy magic, erotic petting

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About this story

I wrote the short story “The Pianoforte” because my characters told me to (which, of course is true, mind you). I wanted to write something romantic, but not necessary completely innocent, and as far as possible from today’s speed dating and internet dating. The story was slightly inspired by several 19th century authors, mainly (unsurprisingly) “Pride and prejudge” by Jane Austen, but also “A midsummer night” by William Shakespeare.

I did quite a lot of background research for the story, including stone circle monuments and the lore surrounding them. There are today more than 1000 stone circles left in Britain, some of them dating back from 5000 years ago. Historians are still unsure who raised them and in which purpose, but it is likely that they were used for religious or magic purposes.

Furthermore I researched marriage and the rules regarding the social debut for young women (thanks to Margaret Sullivan who wrote the “Jane Austen Handbook”), and of course how to successfully elope to Scotland to get married with your sweetheart.