the dead Lord Huntington has cut out his wife and two daughters from his will, and left all his money to his nephew, Marcus, instead. I kept waiting for revelations as to why he did this, but this plot-line was just never developed at all. There were hints here and there that because his wife had only borne him daughters, he had transferred all his care and affection to Marcus. But I found it hard to credit that a father, esp one (who we can assume) did not hate his wife and daughters immensely, could leave things so very, very badly for his own daughters, mainly because they were not sons (esp given that things were not quite so rosy for women in the early 19th century anyway). Also, how did it come about that the appropriate marriage settlements had not been drawn up for the Dowager Lady Huntingdon when she married Lord Huntingdon? Surely her father would have seen that things were done properly when she married Lord Huntingdon?