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Name: Helena Caroline Wriothesley (pronounced Risly)
Date of Birth: 21st March, 1793
Father: James Timothy Wriothesley, Viscount Delamere - Born 1750.
Mother: Matilda Grace Wriothesley (nee Bertram), Viscountess Delmare - Born 1756.
Aunt: Margaret Jane Sterne (nee Bertram), Countess of Essex - Born 1754 (widowed).
Maternal Cousin: Richard Bartholomew Sterne, the 8th Earl of Essex – Born 1773.
Maternal Cousin: Jane Thomasine Middleton (nee Sterne) – Born 1776 (married to Percival Middleton, Esquire).
Maternal Cousin: Thomas Edmund Sterne, Captain – Born 1784.
The news of Helena’s conception occurred to the Viscount and the Viscountess of Delamere as a most delightful surprise, for the couple had quite given up any hopes of having any children. Upon her birth, the fact that she was a girl displeased her mother who preferred her only child to be a boy; yet the Viscount couldn’t have been more delighted. With the latter’s happiness lasting throughout the coming years, Helena grew up in the midst of his father’s unlimited affection and attention, never lacking anything that a lady of her stance should have or desire: from neatly embroidered baby aprons, to a white pony and the best singing instructors.
Whatever idea Helena has of a proper behavior and discipline was attained through her mother’s care; who although disappointed in not being able to raise a proper gentleman, tried her best to at least bring up an admirable lady. Thus, Helena received an excellent education – at home, because her father simply wouldn’t accept parting with her by sending her to a boarding school – and although she was rather unfocused and light-headed she managed to acquire a proper schooling in French, social conduct and general knowledge; though her grasp on none of these were as impressive as the talent she showed in baking pastries which she obtained as a result of her sneaking into the kitchen all the time and pestering the cooks to get extra cookies and sweets.
Helena had her debut in London when she was seventeen; however once they had returned to their country estate at the end of the season, her elderly parents announced their decision to stay at their estate in Cheshire from then on due to the extreme fatigue they suffered throughout the journey and their stay in London. Nonetheless, being determined to be present at London for her second season, Helena undertook a series of rebellious strategies such as refusing to eat her dessert or sing for her father after suppers, which resulted in the Viscount’s allowing his precious daughter to go to London and stay with her cousin Lady Jane Middleton, on the grounds that she would be entirely obedient to the said lady – whose integrity they trust fully – and take the utmost care to write to her parents at least every other day.
The first thing that attracts one’s attention to Helena is her charming smile. Her other features are quite ordinary: fair wavy hair (which she takes much trouble to make it look curly), dark eyes, a straight nose, confident lips and a healthy complexion. Her height stands at 5’2” and she can be described as rather plump. She has a great fondness of hats and shawls of different colours and patterns. When it comes to her gowns, she tends to follow the fashion rather blindly without paying much attention to her mother’s warning on the neckline being too low, the colour too gaudy or the fabric not suitable for her figure.
Helena is usually a very cheerful and lively person and most of the time she can be described as a kindhearted young lady; however, she can very easily turn into a bitter and vengeful individual should she feel that the circumstances surrounding her are not desirable enough, if she feels she is being threatened in any way or simply when she is experiencing one of her bad moods. Quite understandably it can be stated that she is very spoiled and being the only child and heiress of a wealthy, generous and overprotective Viscount, she is used to being flattered and praised by most. Furthermore, she has been spoken of as a desirable marriage candidate; yet her father keeps saying that she is too young and has been finding rather unusual reasons to disapprove of the potential suitors so far, probably because he can't bear the thought of parting with her.
She is by nature a very passionate young woman and being extremely fond of romantic stories – not to mention, believing most of them to be true – she has the tendency to be quite naïve and overtly sentimental. Each day she believes she is in love with a different person (imaginary or real) and she probably would have eloped by now (with some of the opportunists that surround her from time to time) if it weren’t for her father’s judicious actions and promises of better sorts of entertainment in order to set her mind off the beau du jour. Nevertheless, the Viscount did not know that his pampering his daughter like this, while the girl’s mother tried her best to introduce her to discipline, would only result in Helena’s increasing trust in men and their affection.
While Helena isn’t particularly intelligent or smart, she benefits from a singular courage that often drives her to take desperate measures when it comes to getting what she wants, when she wants it and in what condition. Even so, thanks to her mother’s constant reproaches she is well aware of the social consequences of inconvenient boldness; hence she has developed a habit of scheming and relying on tricks, if she finds them necessary in order to carry out her daring plans. This attitude of hers has often resulted in a temporarily loss of her friends, though she tends to reconcile with them rather quickly by showering them with seemingly infinite kindness and confessing her frequently genuine regret.
Helena’s hobbies include: singing (which she is very good at), playing the piano-forte (which she isn’t very good at), reading sentimental novels and poems, embroidery, baking pastries, shopping (especially for hats, shawls and sweets), redecorating the rooms, going out for carriage drives and picnics, visiting friends, playing with her lapdog and daydreaming.
Helena's Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: Croquembouche