All Things Austen — Darcy walks down Gracechurch Street to the River — 46 Comments

  1. Wow! I am looking forward to reading this when it’s finished. Thanks for the delightful Darcy fix you gave us, and for the history of that street. It was marvelous, and very interesting to read.

  2. I love the description of Darcy’s watlk, and his memory of climbing the monument with his father. Thank you for a peek at a country I’ve never seen.

      • That is really too bad. Do you remember here in the States back in the late 60’s – 70’s when “Model Cities” tore down so much of many of our older cities infrastructure and replaced it with horrible “ghettos” They should have instead granted very low cost loans and grants to rehabilitate the neighbourhoods. This is sad. I have been to London; but, I never visited this district while I was there.

  3. What a sweet excerpt; I am looking forward to reading the completed story. Also thank you so much for the history, topographic information. I find this kind of infomation fascinating.

  4. Thank you for the very interesting background on Gracechurch street. I was interested by the information that told us which monuments the Gardiners would have been able to see. Has there ever been a house number given for the Gardiners’ townhouse?

    • There wasn’t a number given, Florence. It would have been fascinating to know, though. Jane Austen was writing to people who knew exactly what the street was like since that was where a lot of the elite went shopping in London. Bond Street was another, but it was a bit riskier as there were areas that were strictly male domains. So I suppose she wouldn’t have wanted to be more specific.

    • Yes, Vesper, it isn’t particularly interesting now. St. Mary-le-Bow is not a building commonly associated with London like St. Paul’s Cathedral. People do visit the Monument because of its historical significance, but you’d have to be willing to climb all those stairs!

  5. Loved the excerpt, Monica. Look forward to the book. And, thank you, for sharing the information about Cheapside. I suspect that many in society had their fingers in trade’s pie if through nothing else than investments. But since they wished to appear better than anyone else, how best to achieve that by looking down their noses and making comments to lower one’s estimation of those in trade. Thanks again.

    • Very much so, Gianna. The Trollop miniseries Doctor Thorne brought that out very well but I think there’s a lot of that in Austen, too, except it’s harder for us to ferret it out because we need more of the social context. Certainly Caroline’s snobbery is all the more ironic because of her own background. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. As a bit of a history nut, this was fascinating Monica! Thanks for sharing, I always look forward to your work. When thinning out my book collection for moving into a tiny house, I HAD to keep my hardback copy of “An Improper Suitor” that I searched so long for. 🙂

  7. What a wonderful snippet of history! I especially enjoyed the images of Gracechurch Street and environs; I felt that I could truly envision myself there.

    And this excerpt was amazing. I loved Darcy being surprised by catching his joyful expression in a window he was passing. Is this the dour Darcy we first came to know? No, he is infused with hope and joy and all things Elizabeth…at last.

    Thank you for this delightful start to my day!

    Susanne 🙂

  8. Love the old prints! So excited about your book! Is this the final one in the trilogy? Yes, a smiling Darcy would be a sight to behold. I always love the scene in the 1995 version when Darcy is looking over at Elizabeth and Georgiana at the pianoforte at Pemberley with such love!

    • It is the final one. It’s been a while in the making but I’m enjoying it. It should be out in June.

      Yes, that’s a wonderful scene, Carole, especially since Macfadyen’s Darcy is so full of angst.

  9. Super article and preview. I’ve walked around the area quite often during the last couple of years and can imagine Darcy there, if only! Did you spot the typo? The first line of your excerpt you’ve typed Darct instead of Darcy. I’m sure your editor will have picked it up for the book but just in case not…anyway, looking forward to the new story x

  10. Thanks for the background on Cheapsides. I had always wondered why it had that name. Thanks also for sharing your a bit of your new story with us.

  11. It’s lovely to hear that the final volume of your trilogy will be out soon. Have you got the cover designed yet? The covers on the first two are absolutely gorgeous. If I had room, I’d display my copies facing forward on my bookcase. I love the image of Darcy seeing himself as a “handsome man with a joyful expression” in the mirror in a shop window, after suffering so mich angst in the past. I still remember his “list”.

    Your piece about Cheapside is fascinating. Now I can imagine it better when I’m reading. The way Caroline Bingley carries on in canon, and in a lot of JAFF, you’d think it was a place that NO respectable person would ever visit! With her family’s connection to trade, she must have known otherwise. Oh we do love to hate her, don’t we?

    • I know, Caroline does love to act holier than thou, doesn’t she? Though I do see things from her perspective in The Other Mr. Darcy.

      Thank you for your lovely comments about the covers of the first two novels, Anji. I’ll be having a cover reveal soon for the third. I hope people will like it.

      Poor Darcy does deserve some happiness, though he’s still going to run into a few problems…

      • Well, there’s always room for a little more Darcy torture before the HEA, isn’t there? I have to admit that I haven’t read The Other Mr. Darcy yet so I’ll have to look that one up once my TBR list is down to manageable proportions (hollow laugh!). Looking forward to the cover reveal.

  12. That was really interesting! I was never really sure what to make of Cheapside. And I loved the excerpt from your WIP – I can’t wait to read it!

  13. Thanks for historical background and the excerpt. Love the audio file and the bells. Was it the ones at 9 pm? It sounds like the bells from a wedding 😉

  14. Really enjoyed the history of Gracechurch St/Cheapside. The recording of the bells was an added bonus. Looking forward to the new release.

  15. I loved reading this! Last summer on our second and last day in London, we had no itinerary and just walked from one high point to the other. (No pun intended) As we had a lovely day, after passing the Fishmonger’s guild, the whole fam went up The Monument. Thank you so very much for putting this in perspective for me in relation to P&P.

  16. Thanks for sharing this. Having never been to London, this helps to put some things in perspective. Thanks also for sharing the tidbit of story with us, as well.

  17. Love the excerpt! – I wonder what’s gone down between Darcy and Mr Bennet. I also loved the sound clip of the church bells – it’s so pretty, though I guess if one heard it every single day it might get old quickly! Haha

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