What is Liliana carrying in her reticule?
1. Money, as in coins, mostly pence, and not a lot. For one thing, a lady out walking could quickly find herself in an unsavory neighborhood. London still had no police force, and cutpurses worked the streets. Also, Liliana is putting money aside to bring her brother back to England. She’ll carry a bit more only when she needs to travel into the City to visit her solicitor.
2. Vinaigrette—not that she herself suffers the vapors. Never! And Katie, the heiress she is bringing out into society, has as yet never fainted, but a good hired companion must be prepared.
3. A tiny tin of Rose Lip Salve to ward off chapping from the cold damp weather.
4. A paper of pins. Since some parts of lady’s dresses were literally pinned together, one must always be prepared for a wardrobe failure.
5. Crisp white calling cards. She and Katie are making the social rounds, paying morning calls on old and new acquaintances.
6. A handkerchief—for the occasional weather-related sniffle, not for tears. A lady does not make a spectacle of her emotions; well, except perhaps when her solicitor presents her with a most disappointing letter from her brother.
Oh, all right, her hanky is quite the rumpled mess.
7. That infuriating letter from her brother, crumpled and tear-stained.
What’s not in her reticule?
House keys—the footman on duty will open the door.
A driver’s license—only the coachman drives, and of course, there was no police force requiring licenses.
An ink pen—the inkpot would leak.
A comb—not enough room, and anyway, her hair is done up and stuffed under a bonnet.