Penny was a bit confused that Matt wouldn't know what she meant by her sister being a 'bad influence'. After all, it seemed fairly obvious to her why her mother would think as much. "Well, she didn't follow expectations, of course," Penny replied, tilting her head. "She didn't marry as my parents expected and she walked away from our lifestyle, and her dowry. My mother thinks she doesn't behave at all like a lady should." Of course, it was one of the things Penny secretly admired about her sister but she wasn't about to confess to that.
"Oh!" Penny gasped at Matt's confession, her cheeks flushing once more. What could she even say to that? "You have? I... I didn't realize!" was all she managed, her eyes wide at the unexpected words. She was flattered and his words made her feel all warm inside but her stomach flip-flopped, knowing that he shouldn't be saying these things, not to her.