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Name: Lady Sara Blansfield (nee Lassiter)
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Date of Birth: 24 November 1781
Father: Sebestian Edward, 11th Duke of Bridgewater, deceased
Mother: Levenia Parish, Dutchess of Bridgewater, deceased
Brother: Devlin Edward, 12th Duke of Bridgewater, age 34
Martial Status: Married in 1801 t0 Lord Edward Blansfield, 7th Marquis of Wollsey, and heir to Duke Fitzwilliam. Two children, Lady Honoria age 6 and Lord Christopher, age 3
Sister-in-law: Lady Justine Blansfield, age 18
She was always an orphan, for other than her older brother Devlin, she seldom saw either of her parents. She has no memory of babyhood or any loving gestures from them. When she was four her brother was sent away and she seldom saw him as he was being educated to take over as the next Duke, so she tried to find ways to ease her loneliness. She found that in books. With them, she could travel the world and have all kinds of adventures, so she did not miss him as much. Cared for by Mrs. Trotter, a widow in the Duke’s employ, it was from her that Sara and her brother would learn of love and tenderness that forged the special bond between brother and sister that lasts to this day.
As happens with all good things, they come to an end. The Dutchess putting a stop to any ‘book reading’ as she did not see any advantage for her daughter. It was during this time of her ninth year that she understood her purpose – blond and blue-eyed and fragile in appearance, she was duly taken out and put on display when her Mother felt the need to establish her ‘mothering skills’ and would nod and Sara would sit still and quiet and do as commanded, only to be taken away and forgotten until the next time. By the time she reached eleven her education was taken in hand by the Dutchess and she was instilled with the teachings of the finer elements of polite society to which she would move and eventually marry into.
The TRUE Sara was hidden from view.
She had gradually been made aware that as long as she was quiet and still it enabled her to “observe” all things around her and as a result, she became expert at noting a falsehood, a lie or scheme, a change in mood or overhearing talk that made fun of or attacked those deemed ‘less fortunate’.
Her debut came and she was put forth and looked upon by many and it soon came to pass that an offer was made for her – he was a Count, Bavarian and Very Rich – and the Duke was pleased. Sara took to her room and refused everything. For nearly two weeks she fought back, eating nothing and drinking little and the Duke was forced to decline and the Dutchess did not know this ‘creature’ that posed as her obedient daughter. It was Devlin that saved her. He arrived and took charge. Full grown and with no sense of Duty to either Parent, he took Sara to the country, where she would remain safe and in his care. It was by chance that she met the person that would change her life.
Lord Edward Blansfield made her acquaintance by way of her brother and slowly a friendship began and then grew over the next two years so that when she was twenty, they were wed. In him, Sara found happiness and love and knew fulfillment. Theirs is a marriage of mutual liking, respect and the desire to generally please the other.
She shares her brother’s height, standing 5’6” tall. Her hair is now the color of a golden sunrise and her blue eyes retain their youthful color and twinkle. Her face is nicely shaped with arched brows above a pert nose and mouth with its fuller lower lip. Her figure is trim and she rides daily and is considered by most to be ‘quite attractive”. Her skin is pale and creamy and even at her great age, a ‘blush’ still tinges her cheeks upon occasion.
It has taken many years for Sara to feel comfortable and loved. The absence of physical closeness has caused her to be, at times, a bit intense with her personal demonstrations of affection, and those of her inner circle know that she means no insult by it. Her past has also caused her to want to make sure that there are no "wallflowers' amongst her guests or at Social functions, so she will ask a Gentlemen to partner any that she sees in danger, and most willingly comply, for Sara is well-liked and there is no desire to cause her feelings to be hurt by refusing to do as asked.
In her own home, she has created an environment that is the total opposite of her own upbringing. She and Lord Edward have taken a 'hands on' approach with their two children and they are very much a part of each of their lives, with the result that love and affection flow easily and naturally, mixed with the firm hand of both parent when needed. This alone sets her rather apart from the other Mama's, who tend to follow the teachings and examples of their own Mother's in child rearing.
Her strength, people would say, is her good common sense. She is not a fool, however, and has an extremely good head on her shoulders and is unlikely to be taken in by anything or anyone. Still retains her ability to ‘read’ people and uses it to perfection. She appreciates good conversation and welcomes it on many topics, and will tell you plain if she finds you lacking. Makes no excuse for bad manners, although she will for those that are new to Society, as she remembers her own youth. But do not take advantage of her in that regard!
Has been in Society for many years, knows all the best of the 'ton' and some of its worst! Invitations are rarely refused when issued by the couple. She flirts, but her friendship is much cultivated by women and she has managed over the years to form a tight circle. She has taken up her sister-in-law, Lady Justine, and will act as her sponsor this Season. Lady Sara also has an additional “mission” – to find her brother, the Duke of Bridgewater a wife.