The Bridgertons are by far the most prolific family in the upper echelons of society. Such industriousness on the part of the viscountess and the late viscount is commendable, although one can find only banality in their choice of names for their children. Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth — orderliness is, of course, beneficial in all things, but one would think that intelligent parents would be able to keep their children straight without needing to alphabetize their names.
Furthermore, the sight of the viscountess and all eight of her children in one room is enough to make one fear one is seeing double — or triple — or worse. Never has This Author seen a collection of siblings so ludicrously alike in their physical regard. Although this Author has never taken the time to record eye color, all eight possess similar bone structure and the same thick, chestnut hair. One must pity the viscountess as she seeks advantageous marriages for her brood that she did not produce a single child of more fashionable coloring. Still, there are advantages to a family of such consistent looks — there can be no doubt that all eight are of legitimate parentage.
Ah, Gentle Reader, your devoted Author wishes that that were the case amid all large families…
Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers,
28 June 1813
Anthony Bridgerton ( Nikolaj Coster Waldau ), Benedict Bridgerton ( Patrick Dempsey), Colin Bridgerton ( Chris Pratt ), Daphne Bridgerton ( Emmy Rossum ), Eloise Bridgerton ( Alexis Bledel ), Francesca Bridgerton ( Felicity Jones ), Gregory Bridgerton ( Sam Claflin ), Hyacinth Bridgerton ( Emilia Clarke ).