Poppy enjoyed how easily her friendship with Selina was renewed. Not ten minutes in each other's company and they were already falling back into their easy rhythms. It was all very delightful and made Poppy feel very happy indeed! "Do not trouble yourself, my dear. I know you above all others have had so very much for which to care in the last months." She smiled prettily at her pretty companion, though at her mention of the Duchess of Brixton (another duchess of Selina's acquaintance it seemed!) and that lady's houseparty, Poppy almost wanted to pout. It seemed yet another party the Acklands were not invited to - first the Beningboroughs' dinner, now the house party.
Nevertheless, she continued to smile and shook her head. "I am afraid not. I fear we are still too recently arrived in Town to have garnered the notice of Her Grace. I must confess, Selina, that I am a bit concerned for Caroline's prospects, and I worry it is all our fault - Ackland's and my, I mean." Her voice took on a slightly worried tone as she leaned in closer so as not to be overheard. "London is a very different place than Bath, and nobody knows us here. Caroline is getting rather old, too. It's unfortunate, but true. How will she ever compete with the likes of Lady Viola or that Lady Julianne? They're both so pretty and with such impressive connections. Even Eleanor is cousin to a marquess! How will Caroline ever be noticed?" She looked to her friend for assistance; even in Bath, Selina had moved so effortlessly through Society. People simply seemed to adore her.