Another view of the Spread Eagle. The hotel itself was wonderful. They say they have been serving travelers as a coaching inn since and I can believe it. We had a room on the top floor in the oldest part of the hotel, with a low beamed ceiling and casement windows looking out over a bank of roses.
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We had breakfast in the restaurant, which has an immense fireplace and what I think were some sort of puddings hanging from the ceiling. The ruins of Cowdray House. Nigel Sadler has written a detailed history and description of Cowdray House and if you are interested in the place, his website is well worth a visit. Cowdray House from atop the walls. There are numerous other places from the novel that you can visit, but Ightham Mote , the final home of the medieval Celia, is probably the most intriguiging.
It is a medieval moated manor house, now owned by the National Trust. Stephen storms into the room and rescues Celia. The two begin to kiss and are caught by Lady Ursula. Ursula is so upset that she sends Celia to marry Sir John Hutchinson. Celia never consummates her marriage with Sir John. The two are friends, but never become lovers. After four years of marriage, Sir John dies. Edwin falls in love with Celia and wants to marry her. Celia does not feel strongly about him, but thinks he is a nice gentleman.
Celia takes care of Lady Ursula until she dies. Celia then begins planning on how she can marry Edwin. Celia asks Sir Anthony for his approval. Once she gains it, the wedding between Celia and Edwin is set. Celia is ready to go through with the wedding until Stephen comes back to visit. Once Celia sees Stephen, she knows that she must be with him. She goes to see him at St Ann's Hill. Neither one of them can stop their feelings for one another and the two finally consummate their relationship.
Stephen cannot believe what he has done. He tells Celia that he must leave and that she must marry Edwin.
Stephen leaves the next day and Celia follows him. She disguises herself as she travels to find Stephen. After three months she makes her way to Igatham Mote where she finds a job as a house servant. Igatham is owned by the Allens. Allen is a handsome, yet cruel woman. She is infatuated with Stephen.
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For a time, Celia does not reveal herself to Stephen. She waits until he is in his garden alone and then reveals herself. Stephen is shocked to see Celia but also happy. She tells him that she pregnant. Stephen cannot believe the news and he does not know what course of action to take. The next day is Lady Allen's birthday celebration.
All the servants are allowed to come. Celia does not show at first, but Lady Allen demands that she come. Celia joins the rest of the servants. Celia is brazen and loud mouthed, performs with exuberant courtesy and offends Lady Allen. The rest of the night, Lady Allen stares at Celia. She notices Celia talk to Stephen and is jealous. Lady Allen then goes to Stephen's hut after the party. She witnesses Celia and Stephen making love.
She also overhears the lovers planning to run away together the next day.
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Lady Allen goes back to the house. When Celia leaves Stephen, she goes back to the castle. She is caught by Lady Allen and three men. Lady Allen begins to choke Celia. The next day Stephen searches for Celia everywhere, but he cannot find her. He does not understand where she could have gone because they are supposed to leave today.
She is having men re-lay bricks in the hall. One of the men starts to apologize to Stephen. He says that they did not know what they were bringing up from the dungeon. And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? The answers await in Weep, but so do many more mysteries - including the blue-skinned goddess who visits Lazlo's dreams.
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