Penelope Featherington Quotes

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Penelope Featherington (to Colin): Deep inside, I know I can be clever and amusing, but somehow, my character gets lost between my heart and my mouth, and I find myself saying the wrong thing or, more likely, nothing at all.

Colin Bridgerton: Do you know what I discovered when I was abroad? No one knew me. No one knew who I was supposed to be. I was entirely freed of being the Colin Bridgerton the ton knows me to be. Which is how I became myself. Pen, living for the estimation of others is a trap. Once you break free, the world opens up.

Penelope Featherington: You make it sound so easy.

(Colin is explaining how charming Pen was when they first met, how natural it was to her back then...)

Colin Bridgerton: I think I know why. Because we were children. Before the self-consciousness of adulthood set in. Before we started caring what others think.

Penelope Featherington: Colin, it is impossible to be in society and not care what others think. Society is entirely composed of the judgment of others.

Colin Bridgerton: Do you remember when we first met? I was riding my horse, minding my own business, when I was assaulted... by a devilishly yellow head covering.

Penelope Featherington: It was not my fault. The wind blew it off my head.

Colin Bridgerton: Wind or not, you certainly seemed pleased when I landed in the mud.

Penelope Featherington: I apologized.

Colin Bridgerton: Yes. And you were so very charming about it. Teasing me. Mercilessly, in fact.

Colin Bridgerton: Are you certain you want my help after what Lady Whistledown wrote?

Penelope Featherington: She has never been more wrong about anyone. Let us pay her no heed.

Colin Bridgerton: Indeed. Sooner or later, she will be caught, and we shall dance on the day of her demise.

Lady Whistledown: Dare I say, this author is ready to play as well. I do not fear change. I embrace it. And then there are some who take the embrace of change a step too far, as with Mr. Colin Bridgerton, who seems to have embraced a new personality entirely. But one must wonder, is this new character the real him, or simply a ploy for attention? And does Mr. Bridgerton even know?

Colin Bridgerton: Is something wrong, Pen? Between us, I mean. I wrote to you this summer, as I always do. And... well, you did not respond. Admittedly, very few did. But... If you are going to make me say it out loud, I miss you.

Penelope Featherington: You miss me? You miss me, but you'd never court me. Is that correct?

Colin Bridgerton: Pen, I...

Penelope Featherington: I overheard you... at my mama's ball last season, telling everyone how you would never ever court Penelope Featherington.

Colin Bridgerton: Perhaps we should talk somewhere more private?

Penelope Featherington: Because I embarrass you? Of course you would never court me. I am the laughingstock of the ton, even when I change my entire wardrobe. It just never occurred to me that you, of all people, could be so cruel.

Penelope Featherington: You do not much like attracting notice, do you?

Francesca Bridgerton: Not really. No.

Penelope Featherington: Perhaps that does make you rare. It seems as though every Bridgerton was born to attract notice in one way or another. I am... different from my siblings as well. It can be difficult, can it not?

Francesca Bridgerton: But they are wonderful, each of them.

Penelope Featherington: I know. You are lucky for that. And you are lucky to have so much notice. Even if it is trying. For some of us, notice is very slight.

Penelope Featherington: You really ought to take to the floor again.

Francesca Bridgerton: Ought I?

Penelope Featherington: Once one finds oneself on the wall, it is difficult to come off it. No matter what one does.

Francesca Bridgerton: At least the wall is not asking what makes me tick.

Lord #1: Miss Featherington. A pleasure to see you.

Lord #2: What a striking gown you have on.

Penelope Featherington: You as well, my lord. Uh... Not the gown part, obviously. The first part. It is a pleasure to see you all in your proper evening dress, which is not at all gown-like.

Genevieve Delacroix: What has brought about this sudden desire for change?

Penelope Featherington: I cannot live at home any longer. It's been hard enough living under my mother's rules. But my sisters... To live at the whim of either the most cruel or the most simple person I know... I must take a husband before that happens. It is time.

Penelope Featherington: I do not wish to see a citrus color ever again.

Genevieve Delacroix: Sour colors, indeed.

Lady Whistledown: The Crown now has a crisis on its hands. A crisis one can only imagine that Queen Charlotte must find galling after ruling over the matchmaking efforts of the ton and the marriage mart with such an iron fist. This author and all of England can only hope that Queen Charlotte finally turns her matchmaking energies onto her own family. After all, her majesty has 13 children and now, not a royal heir from any of them. At least, not a legitimate one. It causes one to wonder. Is the queen's knowledge of how to make a good marriage nothing but talk?

Lady Whistledown (now in Pen's voice): It has been said that silence can wield more power than words. No one knows that better than me. It is in silence where one may find truth. All one has to do, I suppose... is listen for it. I know there will always be times when silence is necessary. And, of course, times when it is not. (back to the original voice): Gentle reader, you thought I was silenced, but you thought wrong. And if there is one thing you should know by now, it is that this author cannot keep quiet for long. Yours truly, Lady Whistledown.

Penelope Featherington (to Eloise): At least I did something. All you ever do is talk about doing something. You've all these great ambitions, these great plans, but I am the one who did something great, and you cannot stand it, can you?! And what do you think that makes you?

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