Lizzy grinned greatly, when greeted by Edith, making sure to also smile at Jeff as well, as he greeted her. "Why thank you dear.. So does yours, you do have great taste" Her eyes glanced over at Jeff, as if to compliment her taste in men as well. He was American after all.
Acting like she was perfectly fine had become a habit a long time ago. While she was married it was a necessity and in a way it was now too. It hadn't been that long since Theo left and even though it didn't leave her heartbroken, she was still saddened by it. It was only The Duke's betrayal that had even been enough for her to give up the facade. But now that was behind her and she had no trouble smiling. Lizzy had always felt more energized with people around her, it made her happy and too occupied to worry about herself, and now was no exception.
The small group was approached by Sir Richard Carlisle, only shortly as he stole away Edith. It was no secret that Lizzy had never liked him, at least not since he treated Mary the way that he did. Lizzy might not be all that fond of Mary, but she was still family and that still mattered, no matter how distant.
That left her and her sons with Jeff and Amelia, which was great company as well.
"As well as can be" She answered with another smile. That was the truth, she was as well as a woman who had just been robbed of a dear friend and who was cut off from the man she loved, could be. That was just a more polite way of saying so, without having to explain it all. And with her sons on her arms, she wouldn't want to discuss it anyway. George excused himself, when he caught the eye of some of his friends. Lizzy let him go and leaned a bit more on Paul in stead. "You are well too I hope, and the twins as well" Lizzy gestured to the both of them, when she spoke. To her children were not a thing that should be seen and not heard, like others did. Children had just as much of a right to be heard as adults did.
Thanks to Hunter for the beautiful siggy!