We’re welcoming back Dave McKee for another round of Reader’s Perspectives on The Darcy Brothers. Now, some of you may know we co-opted Dave to write the first few of these because
we couldn’t stop him from giving his opinion of his enduring interest in the story, but we’d love to hear from other readers who would like to write a Reader’s Perspective. Any takers? E-mail me at abigail (at) austenvariations.com if you’re interested. Now let’s see how much trouble Dave can get himself into! – Abigail
The Darcy Brothers Chapter 17 has been published with startling consequences for our intrepid pair of… lovers?As usual, while reading I kept going, What? What? That’s not how I figured it would go! I imagine Susan is snickering, knowing I’m the one having palpitations… Sorry, I just can’t even consider waving a hankie. I will settle for a white flag – a masterful chapter to the very end!
Since our story has relocated to London, all these ladies need to go shopping on Bond Street! Bonnets for everyone! Load up a couple carriages plus a cart to carry the swag and away they go! By coincidence, Mary Simonsen’s new time-travel novel, “Another Place in Time,” has me thinking about a modern woman shopping on Regency Bond Street…Since the first ever shop was for cave women to admire the latest in off the shoulder bear skins, women are genetically superior shoppers! The modern woman would have no problem shopping in the Regency period but I am thinking of afterwards.
The pictures I have seen of reticules are strange! What could they possibly carry in there? The word is obviously a shortening of the French ‘ridiculement minuscule’.
As the intrepid time-traveling shopper glories over her shopping experience, the clerk goes check, check, check, “That will be five pounds, two and five.”
“Oh, I have to pay.”
She then hoists her forty pound reticule onto the counter and unbuttons the side. Taking a deep breath, putting hands together, she dives and PLUNGES into the murky depths! Root, rummage, root to the bottom. Drat – not here so she resurfaces. Button. Unbutton the other side, she again PLUNGES inside, rooting through debris gathered since puberty. Ah success! Taking out her wallet, she unbuttons the paper notes side and hands the clerk a fiver. Rebutton, unbutton the attached coin purse. Count, count, drat! not enough. Rebutton, unbutton the notes and double drat! “I will have to give you a tenner instead.” The clerk hands back the five and takes the ten. “Your change, madam.” “Thank you.” Stuffing the notes in, rebutton, unbutton the coin purse, count, count, rebutton. Then drop back into the reticule cavern, rebutton. Now the next shopper goes through the exact same process. And you are fourth in line…
Since she is a time-traveling woman she is introducing new fashions to this world! The reticule carried on your back with two straps and a wallet instead of a coin purse with strings! I mean the ladies wallet had to be invented by someone, why not our time-traveler?
A male time-traveler does not have these problems, since they never use coins for a purchase. The Regency male would never consider mussing the perfect fit of his ridiculously tight attire. If actual money is needed, he always uses a large note for a purchase and has four basic choices to dispose of unwanted coins. He can simply ignore them to the clerk’s delight, toss them to the poor hanging around the door, have a servant carry a coin purse for him, or have a coin purse inside his tall hat. I often wondered why they keep tipping the hat, possibly they are rearranging the coin purse so it is more comfortable. The modern male follows similar methods and if forced to take coins home, tosses them into a coin jar. If the coins were ever cashed in, he could probably pay off his car loan, but hey! #shrug
I felt so wishy-washy this week in voting at the end of Chapter 17! Here was my comment: Another excellent chapter! Thanks to Susan and Abigail!
For Darcy to be so open with his emotions, it speaks volumes about his feelings for Elizabeth. If not for her, this
reconciliation may not have happened for a very long time, if ever. The trial felt so right – I am an Anne Perry
Monk&Hester fan and they are in court a lot.
This was surely not a slam dunk poll this week! Was a difficult choice.I really, really want the story to delve into Wickham accosting Elizabeth, Georgiana, Jane, and Anne.
So option 2.5.
With Theo now aware that Darcy actually DOES have human emotions, are his perception blinkers regarding his brother falling away? I can see Theo saying with a smile, “Well Darcy, you have a heart! Who knew?”For Theo, his day was going great – accolades from a powerful mentor. Then he receives an acknowledgement of approval from his stiff, upright, disapproving brother – and that said brother is in the middle of an emotional crash. Darcy’s shield has slipped severely.
These being two prideful men, filled with a life-time of distrust, Theo could have gutted him at that moment. Darcy truly was at his brother’s mercy as never before. Theo’s kindness at his brother’s openness and vulnerability – was this solely brotherly love?My wondering at the moment is, does Darcy have to fall further or can they quietly re-bond upward from this point? Could you say the base of their relationship has moved from being on shifting sand to solid bedrock? Is that an overstatement at this point?
Who was Theo searching for when he looked at the court gallery and saw Darcy instead?
If I am off base, please help straighten out my thinking!