Oh, poor George.
I’m not entirely sure which one I’m talking about. I’ve been quite interested in the Georgian era recently (thanks mostly to the show Harlots showcasing all of their ridiculous fashions), so this was a nice little connection to my outside-of-fic interests! I love that you made Maria a witch, and one that was relatively untrained! That was a bit of a surprise, and I feel like she has a very interesting story outside of this little scene. She’s so compelling. Her lack of technical magical knowledge was so endearing, it does get old reading characters who can just do anything with magic without practicing it first. I also like the historical insinuation that her potion didn’t work quite as well as she thought it would, given that George wasn’t made regent until several years later.
I really do feel bad for both of the George’s here. I almost want to think of the younger George as a little bit sinister, plotting with Maria to get rid of his father so they can be married, but I just can’t seem to stick with that. He seems genuinely concerned with his father’s health and with the state of the country. Both of which are very legitimate things for him to be concerned about. He may be rushing the king’s incapacity a little with Maria’s potion, but it does sound like it was a necessary evil. Perhaps it was the perspective I was reading from.
And of course, the poor king! His story always makes me a little sad. I work with a lot of people who would, historically, be considered insane, so people with those types of issues always have a soft spot in my heart. I just want him to retire to a nice rocking chair and play with grandkids and let his son do all the hard work. (I just looked up if he had grandkids at this point, and I couldn’t get past his HUGE list of children! All from one woman!!! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat??!?!!!!)
Alright, I’ve rambled on enough here, I think, thank you for sharing such a fun story! I wish you luck in Sian’s challenge!