When we left Frederica
, in the eponymous book by Georgette Heyer
, the heroine's youngest brother Felix had stowed away in a hot air balloon and come to grief when the balloon descended into a tree. Frederica asked Lord Alverstoke to pursue the balloon and he is now in charge of the injured Felix at a farm outside London.
Alverstoke’s night at the farm minding Felix is very stressful. At least grumpy Miss Judbrook feeds him quite adequately but Felix tosses and turns all night, feverishly moaning or calling out for Frederica. My favorite bit is when he wakes up and asks where he is, and Alverstoke replies, “You are with me, Felix,” which he knows is silly when he utters it, but Felix is comforted.