Welcome back to Dave McKee, our Fearless Reader! He insists on giving Theo Darcy magnets to Eviejoanne, Deborah, Kathy, June, Sheila, Cindy, Sophia, SheliaLM, Luthien, Beatrice and Maggie, and the Theo tote bag goes to Eileen. WInners, please email me your mailing address so I can send your prize -abigail (at) austenvariations (dot) com. – Abigail
Great! The plot dragged Abigail off down the angst-path and left tantalizing hints on the theatre theatrics!
Lots to muse upon! While this IS The Darcy Brothers, I like to see the other characters have fun too!
“Richard Fitzwilliam! You will allow me entrance to this box at once!”
“Sorry Lady Catherine, there is not room for even the thinnest person.”
With a gasp, “I insist on seeing my daughter and will not leave!”
Anne appears beside Richard, “Mother! Stop making a spectacle of yourself. I am well and visiting with my friends.”
“These cannot be your friends! I do not know most of them. I espied the whole group from our box. I insist you accompany me. At once!”
Anne replies with steely resolve,”No mother, I am of age and will spend my time as I see fit.”
Sputtering, Lady Catherine watches as her daughter turns and engages conversation with her box mates.
Richard gives his aunt a stern look, “Good evening Aunt, enjoy the rest of the performance – from your box.”
He then closes the curtain in the face of his stunned aunt, who muttering stalks off.
Richard and Anne exchange a triumphant look and a sigh of relief.
Sounds like Anne had a grand time at the theatre, staring at the swarming masses on the floor. The dandies and birds of paradise being of particular interest. Anne would say with a smile, “Never before seen the like! Brilliant!”
The seating arrangements in a theatre box are always of interest to me – so often choreographed with some underlying purpose. Did Elizabeth attend? She and Will could be put on the front row where Will could kiss her hand in front of the Ton. In the darkened theatre could he steal a kiss? Would there be just enough light for the Ton to see… The gossip rags would be very busy! A loose thread yet to be unraveled and revealed!
The way these two keep going, a wedding could be years away! Some serious developments in chapter 19 thanks to Abigail! All these writers keep vigorously stirring this leaky pot, slopping all kinds of snippets out every which direction! Is Darcy ever going to get a supremely passionate kiss?? All he got was a nice caressing hand hold this chapter! How frustrating! Especially for him! Maybe Monty could give him some tips on how to move important things along faster!
Oh! That brings to mind an ‘important’ fact to uncover!
What are the names of Sir Monty’s three sisters?
Annabelle, Beatrice, and Cynthia – my guesses! When will we meet them?
What to do about Wickham. Would any self respecting gentleman duel Wickham? There are lots of ideas for his demise, but like a putrid boil he needs to keep erupting occasionally just to contribute plot-angst. He does need a severely awful future – marrying Lydia always seems too tame to me. I want him dreading every single day of his pathetic life. Too strong?
Then there is Darcy the Dolt – again! He left town without a note to the lady he is courting/engaged? Has he even given her a ring yet? He missed the perfect opportunity to put a ring on her finger when she acknowledged they were engaged! Arghh! And not involving or even asking Theo’s opinion about the de Bourgh will? That makes it look like he still does not trust or even think of Theo at a moment of crisis. Elizabeth will be disappointed. Sounds pretty dumb to me…
I can see future visitors at Pemberley viewing the portrait gallery. “This next portrait is of our ancestor, ‘Darcy the Dolt,’ known for his continually making a hash of his personal relationships.”
Will Elizabeth break the courtship/engagement? Hope she asks him if he wants to stop rather than making a declaration that is what she wants. Could it be written either way? What will she tell Theo?
Am always confused on how to address people. Is it Miss Elizabeth or Miss Bennet – does it matter if Jane is present on which to use? I always assume Darcy says Miss Bennet when he is struggling to keep from tossing her over his shoulder and heading for the church – he always has a special license in hand. Is it Sir Montgomery or Sir Preston? After Monty helps with the Wickham problem, Darcy asks Sir Montgomery Preston to call him Darcy, what will Monty say in return?
As I write this, the voting is a virtual tie so Elizabeth should talk to Theo, and away he and Monty go to challenge Wickham – can they take Elizabeth and Georgiana along? Anne will be disappointed, but Monty relieved if Anne is not included!
Again, too many questions!! Would appreciate your straightening me out!