The Price of Fortune (2013)
Last Update : 07-08-14
Cecilia Marie Jane Wallace
Cecilia was born in an aristocratic family in contemporary England. Shy, self-contained, her manners steeped with joyful melancholy, Cecilia is perfectly aware of her rank and the demanding sacrifices that are bound to it. She is in love with Garrett, but the young man is drawn to Sonya.
Garrett embodies every girl's dream. But Garrett hates his own class ; Sonya represents this breech towards simplicity he’s always been looking for, far from the veneer and hypocrisy of richer company. Although Cecilia is particularly accomplished, sensible and intelligent, Garrett has always been blinded with prejudice and never considered her as she deserves.
Sonya is an upstart who has designs on Garrett's inheritance and fortune. A marriage with the eldest son of the Middleton family would open her own family the doors of the upper bourgeoisie.
Anthony Claudius Egerton
Tony has been betrothed to Cecilia since their infancy. She may not yet know it, but he is the right man for her. He may even surprise her...
When Sonya announces pregnancy, Lord Middleton throws his son out. Too proud to work yet incapable of nourishing one more mouth, Garrett forces Sonya into aborting. Desperate to keep the child, the poor girl turns to Cecilia for help, which the latter, still faithful to her old love, freely gives her. Persuaded that Cecilia is trying to buy his love, Garrett misinterprets her goodness and coldly answers with arrogance and ingratitude.
Things get worse when Lord Middleton suddenly dies, leaving all his fortune to Cecilia’s charity works, thus disinheriting his own son. Garrett immediately goes to see her and throws out his contempt right into her face. Deeply wounded, Cecilia first answers with kindness and silence, then his words become too unbearable. She recalls him of the death of her own father twelve years earlier, and of the incurable disease of her twin brother. Her life hasn’t always been easy, yet she never has lost sight of things...
Day after day, Garrett begins to realize his own mistake. Life is a serious thing ; nothing is to be wasted ; nothing is to be bargained. It was so easy to spit on money when he had plenty of it. Without it, everyone has to fight for their own way, and there is no coming back.
While Garrett is wading a little further everyday towards hell, Cecilia’s fiancé, Anthony, is persuaded that their matrimonial arrangement was made out of pure reason. First lost because of all recent events, Cecilia is however slowly beginning to understand the word love, and its various declinations. They have a hard time understanding each other, especially when Garrett makes a sensational come back to Egerton Hall to claim his rights…