Francesca Bassington--mother of The Unbearable Bassington--was one of those women towards whom Fate appears to have the best intentions & never to carry them into practice. Fate had done her good service in providing her with Henry for a brother, but Francesca could well set the plaguy malice of the destiny that had given her Comus for a son. The boy was one of those untamable young lords of misrule...he was irresponsible & ungrateful--the focus of his corner of British society. & what could be done with him...? Send him off to the colonies, was what.