Her mother, Helen, was beside her. His eyes were red with deep circles beneath them. She knew his ravaged face was due to his grief at the loss of his beloved sons; two ignorant, cruel men who were exact replicas of their father. Judith studied Robert Revedoune with a vague sense of curiosity. He had no use for women since his first wife died and his second, a frightened woman, had merely given him a girl.
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Chapter One May Houston Chandler walked the block and a half to her house as sedately as she could manage, halting before a three-story, red brick French Victorian house that the town called the Chandler Mansion. Composing herself, smoothing her hair, she mounted the steps. As she put her parasol in the porcelain holder in the little vestibule, she heard her stepfather bellowing at her sister. You may think that because you call yourself a doctor you have a right to indecent behavior, but not in my house," Duncan Gates shouted.
Blair Chandler, as like her twin sister as another person can be, glared at the man, who was a few inches shorter than she was and built as solidly as a stone building. Perhaps we should go in. Blair turned away from them both, her anger obvious. She hated being compared to Blair, and worse, hated being the winner. They were barely seated at the big, mahogany table, each setting laid with crystal, porcelain and sterling, Duncan at the head, Opal Gates at the foot, the twins across from each other, when he started again.
He picked up carving utensils.
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