This week Monica Fairview and Abigail Reynolds have blessed us with glimpses into Elizabeth’s mind. After reading these excerpts I must retract about half of what I said last week. No longer am I concerned about the pace of the writing and no longer am I concerned with Elizabeth’s rather sudden change of heart. We all knew that she was very much attracted to Darcy but her stubbornness seemed to be overpowering her heart. All seems right in the world now.
I love that BOTH Darcys are never far from her mind and that she recognizes that Lady Catherine will one day (if things go as planned) be her relation. All too often I hear a client or friend say something to the effect of “I’m marrying the man, not his family” but anyone with in-laws knows that this is not the case in about 99% of marriages. Family cultures and differences in family cultures are very tricky business that very often cause miscommunications and offenses when none are intended. My own family exemplifies this idea. One cause for concern in my own family is the idea of the importance of travel in a child’s personal development. I was raised by world travelers who have not lived in one location for more than a handful of years during the entirety of their marriage. My husband’s family has stayed in the same town for generations. While one set of my children’s grandparents glorifies world travel, the other set thinks of it as irresponsible (my husband’s words, not mine). You can see that conflicts abound. What kind of conflicts do you predict will happen when Lady Catherine finally comes to grips with Elizabeth as an in-law?
I’m going to take a moment to reflect more on the Fitzwilliam/Theo relationship from last week. It was lovely to see Fitzwilliam opening his eyes to the qualifications of Theo as a barrister (more on that in a moment). Even better to see him accepting that Theo is not a spoilt child but in fact a responsible man capable of taking care of not only himself but the people under his protection. I wonder if Fitzwilliam will come to know about the positive influence that Theo has had on his little sister. Darcy seems to be breathing easier at the moment, but will that continue when he finds out how truly open to the world Georgianna’s eyes have been? Will he blame Theo? Could that be a setback to their growing relationship? And what of Georgiana? Will she stand up to Fitzwilliam and declare herself old enough to know and experience more than just the confines of safe protected Pemberley?
Theophilus Darcy seems to have a lot going for him at the moment. He is an up and coming barrister under the tutelage of a truly impressive man, he has connections to men of means who are able to “get the job done” in a pinch (think Monty the Mountain), his relationship with his older brother seems to be on the mend and he is soon to gain a new sister that he wholeheartedly adores. Aside from all of these observances of mine, do we actually know how well things are going for Theo? Could things actually be better than they appear? I am reminded of some correspondence that was written in the heat of anger on April 2nd, 1812. If you follow Theo’s blog, you will remember this one. It was written just after a big Fitz/Theo blow out.
London, 2 April 1812
Pray be so kind as to inform your solicitor that he need no longer trouble himself with sending me an allowance as of Michaelmas of this year, as I will no longer require it. By this means, you may also spare yourself your quarterly inquisition into my finances and commentary on my life, since one can scarcely call your missives letters.
Pray give my regards to Georgiana, Richard, Anne, and the lovely Miss Bennet, whose injury, I am informed, came from a misfire of Watkins’ rifle rather than a shot at my hat. But there is no need to extend your apologies, as I am so accustomed to your false accusations as to be quite deaf to them, and we both know any expression of regret on your part would be purely a matter of form, and not truly meant.
As you see, Theo will no longer need the allowance that his brother is sending him or did he just say that in the heat of the moment? Is he getting a big promotion? Is he going to become a famous case lawyer? Is he going to be knighted for his service to the kingdom? I’m hoping for a knighthood! Speculate with me. What are your hopes and dreams for Theo Darcy. Where do you see him in the next five years. Is he married? What kind of woman would best suit him? Does he have an estate of his own? How did he come about the money to purchase said estate?
Until next time,
Your loyal fan,