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Louisa is married to John Fort William, and Linda and Fanny long to grow up and make their debut. Linda is bored at Alconleigh by herself until a neighbour, Lord Merlin, comes to her rescue and introduces her to the joys of the artistic world.
Linda meets Tony Kroesig, the son of a German industrialist, at a dance. Uncle Matt disapproves of him immediately, so without parental approval Linda and Fanny make discreet arrangements to meet Tony at the local village pub for luncheon. Inevitably they get found out and incur Uncle Matt's wrath.
When things have calmed down Linda is promised a coming out ball, and when this is over she breaks the news to her stunned and disapproving parents that she is engaged to be married to Tony Kroesig.