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Draco,

I thought we might have a brief discussion here regarding your latest owl. Miss St. Clare has much to recommend her, not least of which is her apparent disregard for the custom of monogamy. Keep in mind that you do not plan to be monogamous. Or not with her. She is therefore likely to be accepting of your relationship with Severus, as well as unlikely to make a match with prospects who would be your competitors. She is attractive, well-off, and her family has much to offer.

Regarding your demands as to her behavior, it is a bit much to expect that a girl with her nature will agree to abstain from carnal activities for twelve years, until the child is of school age. While I think it not unreasonable to demand that she dress appropriately, and that she conduct her affairs with the utmost discretion, I urge you to consider this an article in her favor rather than the opposite.
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persuade_me From: persuade_me Date: October 21st, 2005 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is nothing in Miss St Clare's behaviour that leads me to imagine her capable of discretion, in which case it hardly seems unreasonable to expect her to be abstinent under the circumstances. One would think, in any case, that she'd had enough 'carnal activities' to last her well into middle age.
il_mago From: il_mago Date: October 21st, 2005 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would suggest that abstinence is far less likely to be achieved than discretion. So far as I know she has no particular motive to be indiscreet; it is a sign of intellectual indolence, perhaps, or an indication of her parents' weak wills. Given sufficient motivation, she will come around, and I have absolute confidence in our ability to provide that motivation.

In any case she is certainly worth a closer look, and I expect you to keep an open mind. At the very least, it might be preferable in these circumstances to have a girl with some measure of experience.
persuade_me From: persuade_me Date: October 21st, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is all very well for you to speak casually of her experience. I wonder, however, how you would feel about having her for your mother? I know I would find it highly distasteful.

Nevertheless, I am willing to maintain an open mind about it. She is young, it's true, and her parents must be very weak minded, as you say. If I was to have a daughter I am sure I would never tolerate it.

What particular motivation did you have in mind?

I trust Sarah is well, she seemed a little out of sorts when we spoke the other day.
il_mago From: il_mago Date: October 21st, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I shall refrain from making any comments here about your mother. With regard to motivation, I can think of several. She may be well off now, but it cannot compare with the wealth and standing she would have as your wife. If the threat of having that removed is not enough to keep her in line, then we can resort to sterner measures.

I wouldn't worry a great deal about having a daughter. The Malfoys have an outstanding history of producing boys, so with any luck you won't have to deal with Miss St. Clare more than the one time.

Sarah is quite well quite often. The trick is to learn to manage the low moments by the expectation of improvement to come. It usually works.
persuade_me From: persuade_me Date: October 21st, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I never had any sense that Mother's reputation was anything other than desirable. A boy should be able to hold his mother in high esteem.

Presumably Sarah's own line has a tendency to produce girls which will make your own endeavour with her more efficiently successful. One may hope. I have no objection at all to a sibling but we are not Weasleys, surely, to have hordes of the things running around?
il_mago From: il_mago Date: October 21st, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your mother's reputation was and is impeccable, which is a testament to discretion rather than the strength of the human will.

The Cauldwells do apparently have a tendency toward girls. Which, I suppose, does not explain her two brothers, but she assures me it is so. We have taken what precautions we may to assure the sex, and in fact will be seeing a Healer on Monday to determine whether it is a boy or a girl.

I don't think I am saying anything surprising when I comment that one sibling for you is more than I ever expected to have, and I shall be quite content to have my procreating days come to an end.
persuade_me From: persuade_me Date: October 21st, 2005 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Which is why I think Mother's help in this would really be invaluable. If anyone understands how a young pureblood witch might both give the Malfoys what we need and yet not be burdensomely miserable, it must be her. Will you write to her?

I might not necessarily object to two, but one would certainly be preferable. I trust you to have done whatever is necessary, of course. I've never imagined you had any desire to father children.
il_mago From: il_mago Date: October 21st, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, very well. I shall write to her. With luck she may even read the letter and not cast Incendio on it as soon as she sees the handwriting.

I have no desire to father more children, but I am rather pleased with those that I have.
persuade_me From: persuade_me Date: October 21st, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Incendio is sadly a possibility, but curiosity may yet win out.

Thank you.

I am sure Sarah would be equally pleased to hear you say so.
il_mago From: il_mago Date: October 21st, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I shall see you next weekend, then. And you may expect to hear from me regarding news of your sister on Monday when we return from Signora Valeriani's.

Give my regards to Severus--though I owe him an owl myself, on several matters.
persuade_me From: persuade_me Date: October 21st, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will do that.

Give my regards to Sarah, of course, and tell she is most welcome to visit whenever she wants.
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