See? Totally killing my darlings. Even such nice paragraphs as:
By the same token, Mr. Marsh considered modern forms of book publication a real horror. He did not buy serial installments, and he held Mr. Dickens responsible for having dragged that beautiful institution of English literature down into the muddy waters of serialisation.
(For THE BRIDE PRIZE I might have to put a section with deleted scenes into the enhanced edition….)
Moreover, if the reader wonders why the heck the heroine’s aunt is so excited about a tournament, perhaps the heroine, too, should wonder why her aunt is so excited about a tournament.