Why would someone called Beatrice bow?* (She is indeed a woman, and a very feminine one, not some 20-stone wrestler whose mother had a sense of humour). Furthermore, why would the daughter of an Earl (for such she is) bow on being introduced to a Viscount (the Viconte de Blissac, to be precise)?
If this were a Dan Brown novel or the script for a
Why, then did Beatrice bow?
*I did know a young lad called Raul who would curtsey exquisitely when the occasion demanded, but he was rather confused.