Alexandra stepped back. “I do not know what to think, my lord. I have found few men who may be believed at their word. I want to think your motives are sincere, but that might not prevent you from a future alteration. My family is indeed indebted to you for your assistance, but if you seek more recompense than an honest day’s work, I shall seek a position elsewhere."
“I am not so evil as you have every reason to think me, Miss Dancy, and I promise, you shall have no need to find other employment. Though”—Allyne stepped forward to stroke her face—“your beauty is a sore trial to the strength of any man.”