Mr. Farnsworth

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


“What’s the matter, Father?” Eleanor asked.  They were in his study.

“I’ve news of Mr. Farnsworth.”

Eleanor’s heart began to race.  “What news have you of my intended?”

“Your intended is a blaggart!”

“Father, how could you say such a thing!”

“Your Mr. Farnsworth’s betrothed to another.”

“No,” she protested.  “It isn’t true.”

He showed her the telegram.

She felt faint.

“It’s a great shock, I know.”

“I thought he loved me.”

“Evidently, he loves Miss Barrett’s fortune more.”

She burst into tears.

“Come, come my Dear.” He put his arms around her.  “He’s not worthy of you.”

98 Words

I wrote this story for the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  For more details, visit Here.  To read the other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit Here.


19 Comments Add yours

  1. Prior... says:

    Felt so real and was like glimpsing back in time overhearing this unfold…


  2. James McEwan says:

    I enjoyed reading between the lines of this. The combination of love, money and women can be a toxic combination full of betrayal and disappointment. I wonder if much has changed over the centuries, do you?

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    1. Thanks, James. I’m delighted you enjoyed reading between the lines 🙂 I don’t think much has changed over the centuries, unfortunately.

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  3. Oh, the deceitful man. Nicely done.

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  4. subroto says:

    A period piece! I liked the ‘Jane Austen’ feel to this story.

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    1. Thank you! I consider it a great compliment that my story has a “Jane Austen” feel to it. She happens to be my favorite period piece writer 🙂


  5. Dear Deborah,

    Better she learns of this now. Father’s right. The blaggard isn’t worthy of her. Nicely done.



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    1. Dear Rochelle,

      Yes, better to know now than later. And yes, Father’s right, of course. There is a man somewhere out there who is more worthy of her. Thank you 🙂



  6. lisarey1990 says:

    Very well-told. Very detailed.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. jillyfunnell says:

    I wasn’t certain that the Father was telling her the truth. So for me this was a most intriguing piece of writing.

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    1. The father was never fond of the gentleman in question but I’m sure he would have wanted her to be happy. However, as it turned out, his misgivings about Mr. Farnsworth proved to be accurate.


  8. granonine says:

    Beautifully set scene, and I’m glad the father turned out to be kind and caring.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you 🙂 Yes, like most fathers, he wanted what was best for his daughter and Mr. Farnsworth turned out not to be so.

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  9. Dale says:

    So well done… and she escaped that one, though it doesn’t feel so…
    Lovely period piece.

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    1. Thanks, Dale 🙂 Yes, she escaped that one but it will be a while before her broken heart is mended.

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