Welcome back to Dave McKee, our Fearless Reader! Today he’s doing double duty – first commenting on his reactions to Maria Grace’s Regency Interpreter, then on to the latest chapter of The Darcy Brothers. To
help provoke arguments encourage discussion, there will be prizes for commenters on this week’s Reader Perspectives: a Theo Darcy tote bag to the most eloquent and/or accurate commenter and Theo Darcy magnets for ten other commenters. And no, Dave, you may not have them all! – Abigail
Reading Maria Grace’s restored post from archives of “Regency Interpreter” Parts one and two brings to point the many gaffes committed by the Meryton Assembly attendees. (Gentle Readers: The Regency Interpreter series looks at movie adaptations and pulls out Regency era details that the viewer might miss and discusses their significance in the context of the story. Not to be missed. – Ed.)
When you consider how far Darcy has come in changing his perceptions it is really amazing! Most female readers seem to have a problem comprehending the Meryton Assembly from Darcy’s point of view, so I thought this might help!
Poor misunderstood Fitzwilliam Darcy at the Meryton Assembly! I mean when you think about it, what goes his way?? The guy is rich, handsome, has superior friends in tow… what’s not to like?? He scowls – well, what rich guy wouldn’t? No elegance in sight – just loud, poorly played ‘music’ and stomping around better fit in a barnyard. The atrocious manners! Tallow candles?? Surely not!! With all the energetic stomping.. well, the smell… It is all he can do to not pull out a scented handkerchief and cover his face! What is this foul cider? And the food! Food? Is that what it is?? This is truly unsupportable!!!
Actually, he is very irritated at Caroline Bingley and everyone else just gets the overflow scowledge.
His plan was to arrive early and scout out all the best places to lurk – like alcoves and behind very large potted plants! Since Caroline dilly dallied trying to do the impossible and make herself supremely accoutered, the group arrived embarrassingly late. Wonderful. Everyone is staring from the very first when he took off his cape and then top hat – not noticing the pound notes falling out of his hat and fluttering to the floor. After a quick introduction to someone or other, Darcy can implement his usual strategy. Fortunately he is tall and can quickly scout out the best tall ficus plant in the room. Some little bluestocking with a religious tract is easily usurped with a small Pemberley scowl. Better.
Ahh. Here come the mamas with daughters in tow. With years of experience, Darcy begins his usual storkish saunter, moving in a zig-zag pattern designed to throw off the most determined predator. He reaches the safety of his friends and quickly pushes them forward to block everyone from approaching himself. Now if Bingley will stop nattering on about dancing – is the man insane? Dance, here? If Darcy was not busy scowling, he would laugh! And now this Elizabeth person – what is with this impertinent smirk and beautiful dancing eyes? She has no reason to complain, Darcy did condescend to gaze at her.
Finally over, the Netherfield party can feel satisfied, leaving the locals in awe of their superior manners.
In retrospect, Darcy did not have a bad evening – just his typical foray, giving society a glimpse of his illustrious self. Lucky them!
There. I am positive this helps you recognize Darcy’s superior social skills.
( Please send any flaming messages directly to Abigail. Thank you. )
Oh! You think he is actually more discerning than his peers about the needs of others . Possibly so!
Sooo… He is not quite as arrogant as he could be – not a complete lost cause – a good woman could do wonders at improving much of his attitude. Possibly so.
With a nod to last weeks Guest Post, you may have noticed that paper notes fluttered from Darcy’s hat rather than coins. Coins? What are coins? He is Darcy. Coins are for plebeians. Change for Darcy is a five pound note, anything less is just ignored . His accompanying servant may consider carrying ‘things’ to give to street sweepers, waiters, and the like, but Darcy has never bothered to inquire.
OK, OK I agree Darcy would never be this awful – just stating the outrageous to put his behavior into perspective. The poor guy is just so defensive regarding women! He needs help, and I think we all know who can provide what he truly needs.
Chapter 18 of The Darcy Brothers! Moving right along!
Maria Grace has struck again! Stirred the pot of beloved characters. The dialog this week is so good, you feel like you are standing right beside the characters! Very emotion provoking.
Darcy largely took a back seat this chapter – catching his breath so to speak. No problem, he will have other opportunities! Also, since Anne in the flower shop let the cat out of the bag about his being betrothed, what will be the ton‘s reaction?
On Elizabeth, she seems to be adjusting to the fact that Theo has some culpability in his relationship to Darcy. Could Darcy point out to her that elder siblings often have trouble relating to the younger ones? Is her relationship with Lydia smoother than his with Theo?
What can he say/do to close out this concern?
After Georgiana’s revelations, how will Elizabeth treat William on next meeting?
The world has opened for Anne. You can hear her say, “Whee!” Enough said – for now. Go Anne! LOL
Since the writers are listening, what adventures do you think she should have?
What ever was Wickham doing in a flower shop??? Did he hear Anne say that the flowers were for Darcy’s betrothed? He never does anything that is not a benefit for himself. Who is about to suffer? Ideas?
Sir Montgomery Preston. His twitter account says that he is: “Man-about-town, rake par excellence, curricle racer, loyal friend of Theo Darcy, Darcy Brothers correspondant.” The rake part would normally make me concerned with him associating with Anne. Her being family to Theo, Monty would not behave improperly with her. Right? Wrong?
So, do you readers have any speculations regarding the above questions? The writers, especially Abigail since she is up next, are lurking to see what you have to say! (you have no idea … – Ed)
Still hoping to hear from other readers who would like to take a crack at doing a Reader Perspectives post!