Clary – the 11-year-old heroine of Perilous Chance – lives in a comfortable cottage with half-timbered walls and a thatched roof.
Her father’s studio, where he sculpts stone into marvelous statuary, occupies a separate outbuilding. He keeps the accounts for his commissions in the cottage library.
Clary’s mother’s “sewing room” sees more of Clary’s and Elspeth’s school lessons, cozy mother-daughter chats, and late family suppers than it does stitchery.
The family eats breakfast and luncheons in the front parlor, as well as entertaining guests there.
The back door, between the kitchen and the scullery, is where Clary and Elspeth depart on their visit to the old bramble-grown quarry.
Clary and Elspeth share a bedchamber on the second floor of the cottage.
Their baby brother, Lyrus, occupies the nursery next to their parents’ bedchamber.
Edited to Add 08/15/2018: Below is a photograph of the Wherwell cottage that inspired my visions of Clary’s home. I recently discovered that it’s available for vacation rental as an AirBnB! Wouldn’t it be fun to actually stay in Clary’s cottage? If I ever do, I’ll bring a copy of Perilous Chance for its bookshelves. 😀
Perilous Chance is now out in paperback! The paperback edition includes appendices with a few extra tidbits about Clary (such as that above) and her family.
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