"If a man were known to have a connection with [Margaret Caroline Rudd], it would sink him."
...In a diabolical way I'm sure! Thanks Heather- love this post!!
Ouch! But true, I'm sure. In The Smart there's a picture of a print that depicts her as the 4th or 5th in line for the oh-so-coveted position of Queen of Hell. Now, I wonder...who were the ladies who beat her out? I'll take another look at the page, but it's such a small image that there seems no way a mere mortal can read the fine print at the bottom. More Tart material, to be sure!
It was actually Elizabeth Chudleigh who they thought was actually worse! Although I don't recall her actually being responsible for anyone's death...
Really? I'd have to agree that Elizabeth Chudleigh is a lightweight compared to Mrs Rudd. But then, they were two different types of transgression and my modern perspective isn't the same. But still....
It is interesting isn't it? I can only attribute it to Miss Chudleigh being found guilty of her crimes in court whereas Mrs. Rudd was, unfortunately, not.
Ah, you gotta love the wit and wisdom of Sir Joshua Reynolds!