Cecile is the youngest daughter of the late Baron Amandine. She had an older sister, Amelie, who died in mid-1730s, and has a brother, Claude, who is the new Baron Amandine. She lives at Claude's estate Trois Flèches near Compiègne in France with her brother and her husband Percy Beauchamp, whom she married sometime between 1758 and 1776.
Events of the NovelsEdit
In late 1776/early January 1777, Lord John Grey visits Baron Amandine at Trois Flèches, and meets Cecile.
Upon meeting Cecile, Lord John Grey observes that "he has seldom met a more stupid woman." He describes Cecile as openly lewd in manner, and a very bad cardplayer.
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Sometime between 1758 and 1776, Cecile Beauchamp marries Percy Wainwright and he took her last name, as her family comes from money.
In terms of sexual contacts, their relationship is rather unorthodox. She is aware that he sometimes sleeps with his brother-in-law Baron Amandine, and occasionally with both of them. However, Percy prefers the company of a sub-gardener named Emile, while she has a sexual relationship with her cousin Lucianne.
Claude is her elder brother and head of the Beauchamp household. The two have a very odd relationship. They are not just siblings but they also share her husband Percy Wainwright sexually.
Lucianne is Cecile's cousin who she is having an affair with though her husband, Percy Wainwright, is aware of it.
- Cecile is a French form of Cecilia, a Latinate feminine form of the Roman family name Caecilius, which was derived from Latin caecus "blind".
- Beauchamp (English (or Norman origin) and French) is a habitational name from any of several places in France, for example in Manche and Somme, that are named with Old French beu, bel 'fair', 'lovely' + champ(s) 'field', 'plain'. In English the surname is generally pronounced "Beecham".