#SmallTales: The Upper Hand

In a world of modesty, she had the upper hand. Other girls had to hide their best assets, smothering curves and covering skin, counting on a dowry or demure smile to ensure their future. Not her.

Despite a comely complexion, she drew the attention of all the eligible (and ineligible) men.  Using a fan attracted unabashed stares, removing gloves brought the minister to distraction, and doing needlework out of doors could cause carriage accidents.

In a few decades, the tables would turn, but for now, the best inheritance a young lady could wish for was delicate smooth hands.