There is serious unrest and the threat of revolution hanging over France. Many French noblemen feel it much safer to take there extra-marital affairs away from the local spotlight and frequent brothels in England. Some have even decided to stay in England until the threat subsides. This has made the English business very lucrative, not least for Mrs Doreen Bull, real name not known, a Madame who started her business in Cheapside using local girls brought from parents who could not afford to keep them, but who now operates out of No 100 in Mayfair. She has built up a good clientele of French Noblemen, who bring their English counterparts with them. Following house rules though, all gentlemen are addressed by their Christian names so although many are clearly noblemen, only Madame knows who they really are. The girls always adopt different names and keep their true backgrounds secret as well. Doreen and her partner, John Bull invented much more exotic ones for them, so you will meet twins Fifi and Mimi le Strange who do a ménage a trois for very special gentlemen, Charlotte, Louise, Marie, Helga, Carmen and Svetlana. But is Madame’s establishment as safe as everybody thinks?
Meet the Cast
Mrs Doreen Bull, real name not known, built her business in Cheapside using local girls brought from parents who could not afford to keep them. The girls always adopted different names and kept their true backgrounds secret. Doreen invented much more exotic ones for them. The clientele were rough but generally not violent. They were made up in part of local shopkeepers and businessmen, but were mainly dock workers and sailors on shore leave. Working with her friend and partner John Bull, the son of a local blacksmith, she was able to build a decent business and keep her girls fed and healthy. Doreen and John made enough money to move to Mayfair five years ago. At that point they had four working girls. Two of them, Juliet and Yvonne, who had been with Doreen since she started, branched out on their own, buying her establishment in Cheapside. The other two girls, twins called Elizabeth and Mary Jones, who had not been with her for so long, came with her. Yvonne had several disagreements with Juliet and, after six months, decided that she did not want to carry on with her or branch out on her own. She asked Doreen if she could come back with her and Doreen agreed.
On moving to Mayfair, Doreen became Madame and gave the brothel a very French Court air. Elizabeth and Mary Jones became Fifi and Mimi le Strange, who were still twins. They did a Ménage a Trois for very special gentlemen. Upon her return, Yvonne became Charlotte. At the time of moving, Madame also had two girls that she called “apprentices”. At 15 and 14 respectively, Jane Dukes and Alice Jones (the younger sister of Elizabeth and Mary) were too young to “work”, but were usefully employed washing, cooking, cleaning and running errands. Madame taught them how to behave in preparation for when they would start work. Both girls, on reaching the age of 18 started working, under the names Louise and Marie. Further apprentices, Milly, Amy and Ruth joined Madame and have since graduated. Madame decided that her establishment would benefit from more nationalities so, Amy, who was very blonde, became Helga from Germany; Ruth who was dark became Carmen from Spain and Milly, who spoke with a deep voice, became Svetlana from Russia. Six months ago Madame bought No 98 Mayfair with the intention of expanding. The first floor of the building is the mirror image of No 100. The second floor will also be like No 100, providing more accommodation for girls. The ground floor will provide better kitchen and washing facilities and also better accommodation for Madame herself. So far building work is only complete on the first floor. Madame has one new apprentice Victoria, aged 14, who started last week. She is currently staying in Madame’s room, but will be accommodated on the second floor of No 98, which will be an apprentice’s dormitory.
With the threat of revolution hanging over France many French noblemen feel it much safer to frequent brothels in England. Madame soon built up a good clientele of French Noblemen, who brought their English counterparts with them. Following house rules though, all gentlemen are addressed by their Christian names so although they are clearly noblemen, only Madame knows who they really are.
Madame has set up a very exclusive house for the entertainment and pleasure of gentlemen. The house does not entertain ladies or couples and it only provides high quality girls. For very special gentlemen it has provided two girls, but this service is not generally available. The house opens Monday to Saturday in the afternoons and evenings. Sunday is reserved as a day of rest and the whole house attends church. Afternoons are quiet informal occasions. Evenings are more formal, with a chamber quartet playing in the reception area on Monday to Friday, and a full orchestra on a Saturday. Madame believes that music arouses the spirit (and other things). In the evenings loud music may be heard throughout the house, with Saturday being the piece de resistance.
Girls time off
The girls get one full day (shown bold) and one afternoon off per week. Nobody works on Sunday, when all the girls are expected to go to Church. When working, the girls will service their regular customers as shown in their timetables. Girls can trade days if they wish but, because they value their regular gentlemen so highly, no girl will trade a day on which she has a regular.