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trouble they’ve made work they’ve done on the Reader’s Perspective posts. We hope this experiment added to the reading experience. In the meantime, don’t forget to send your questions for Theo Darcy for next week’s Q&A session – especially those questions which will make him squirm – to firstname.lastname@example.org. What – you don’t think there really is a www.pemberley.estate? Next you’ll be telling me Theo Darcy isn’t real! – Abigail
REALLY loved this chapter – a perfect pause point!
The casual tone in the Club, laughed at Monty and Anne, and the mush was very well done – not too much, just the right tone. Well done innuendo! The descriptions brought the characters to life!
EC- On Monty in the club. Did you feel like he was thinking a little too much of Anne? Sometimes when a person doesn’t want their friends to know that they are attracted to another person they will try to casually dissuade those friends from believing that you even like the person in question. I know that I have done that (always unsuccessfully).
DM- Monty is suave – very in control of his emotions. Fakes Theo out on his feelings – is it some eldest brother thing? Who but Theo would be brave enough to tease ‘The Mountain?’
DM- On Theo being lady-resistant, is it money that has kept Theo from searching for a wife?
What will he do if a thunderbolt hits?
The innuendo indicated that Theo is not a total novice regarding women, so is he intentionally keeping a balance in his life where he is realistic on how a serious relationship is not possible right now – or is he just puffing because he has not met the right woman… yet.
DM- Anne tying a perfect Waterfall totally stunned Monty. Is he now seeing her in a different light – a woman of unique talents? Does he protest too much?
EC- Yes I think he does protest too much. Like I said earlier, I think he may be attracted to Anne. I didn’t like the idea of Anne and Monty as a couple previously but this chapter has changed my mind. Perhaps Anne is Monty’s Beau Brummell? I see lots of potential here. Did the authors finally see it my way? Is Anne to become a fashion icon (even without The Beau)? I sure hope so. A fashion icon is allowed to be eccentric and Monty needs a wealthy wife, one who can keep him on his toes and is a bit wild. Seems like that could be exciting for him.
DM- She has the money to do what she wants – just no filter on what she says. Not sure she got the innuendo, but stored it for further reference. If she catches on later and gets ticked, the termagant will come out!
DM- And then Elizabeth to the rescue as Darcy almost reverts to character and spoils the ‘cravat’ fun the others are having. Just a touch and the goofy smile appears again – he is sooo easy! Liked Elizabeth learning how to manipulate William and he is loving the process.
EC- What is a woman for but to temper her man. It’s our job to steer you all in the most appropriate direction. Of course, I’m still trying to figure out how to do that with my husband.
DM- We do resist steerage, but can be persuaded…
EC- Persuasion. Now that’s another story…
DM- Placid Jane. Again! It was natural at this spot in the story, but I do like stories where she shows lady-like spunk. It is in there, just needs to pop out! Come on writers! Help her out!
EC- My favorite Jane scene was in Bride and Prejudice when Elizabeth says that a single guy with big buck must be shopping for a wife. Jane says “I hope he is!”. Of course her name in that movie is not Jane and she is referring to her mr. Bingley, but I love the spunk that it shows. She’s ready to take charge!
DM- I like the stories where she is pregnant and tired of Mama – I think she surprises herself, possibly feels guilty about feeling selfish? A wise man keeps his mouth shut as much as possible around a pregnant woman!
EC- Yes it is a wise man who keeps his mouth shut. 🙂 As for pregnant women. I actually HATE the unwed pregnant Bennett sisters. I don’t want them to be cheap and easy. Having said that, they usually end up running away from Darcy (not being easy to catch) or not telling him that he has a kid. Makes me really hate Elizabeth in those scenarios. I could do without them. Although, I do like the story if I imagine that its not Elizabeth. I am a fan of modern variations but I don’t think that modern women have to run around having sex with every guy they fancy. Am I being a wishy washy woman?
DM- Uhh don’t see any wishy washy in that comment! LOL
EC- Wise man!
DM- It is good that Mr Gardiner recognized that Monty was acceptable as a chaperone – that he is a responsible gentleman, at least regarding their own party. He did seize an opportunity to chat up a nearby bird, but the ladies of his party were safe.
EC- I kind of like him as a flirt.
DM- It is part of the persona he is portraying, but is that the true Monty? A rake persona would be handy to keep the Ton mamas at a distance.
EC- Yes! Exactly!
DM- So many images pop up from the descriptions! Mountain Monty wearing a bonnet with a peacock feather! Any dandy who snickered at his lovely outfit would receive a facer!
Future scenarios in the FIRST sequel::
DM- Oh boy! Monty promised Anne a curricle ride in Hyde Park!
EC- See he was being sly. He planned on wooing without letting anyone know.
DM- Anne will bring her own whip – color coordinated with her outfit. I mentioned last week that she has a custom-made pocket for storing her extra whip points.
EC- She seems like a whip in the bedroom sort of girl…
DM- Can’t see her wearing ostrich or even peacock feathers – a bonnet sporting a fan of eagle feathers is more her type – also dyed to match her dress!
EC- Maybe feathers on her shoes. I could see that. She is after all a woman of fashion!
DM- Do you think she will buy a curricle after showing Monty her prowess at mastering his high-strung prime bits o’blood? A few paint scrapes are normal – aren’t they?
EC- OH MY GOODNESS, “mastering his high-strung prime bits o’blood” PLEASE TELL ME THATS AN innuendo!
DM- Umm that is Regency-speak for super grand horses…
EC-I like it better as an innuendo!
DM- Even though it will be six months from now, Anne and Monty are already bickering over who will drive! Will Anne stand up to drive – and take corners around Hyde Park on one wheel? How many dandies will end up in the Serpentine dodging her wild driving and equally sharp tongue?
EC- I know a couple of Regency dandies. I can just see them diving into the water, tophat to the wind. (Giggles with mirth!)
DM- Still wondering what the Ton and Fitzwilliam clan’s reactions will be toward Elizabeth.
EC- Considering that Darcy mistook the Gardiner’s for people of fashion, I think she will be just fine. A lot of people talk about her being awkward and having trouble fitting in, but I think thats all bull. Her time spent with the Gardiners while she was growing up surely was enough to impart refinement in her.
DM- The double wedding. Will there be lots of discussion in the sequel about the event? A thorough hashing of all the lace details? Which of Darcy’s relations attended? Was Mrs Bennet slightly sedated beforehand? Lady Cathy could help with that! How much innuendo about the honeymoon? Will William mellow-out in society – at least a little bit?
What did Darcy buy Elizabeth at the jewelers for a wedding gift? Did Theo help Darcy with the settlement?
EC- I don’t know. I kind of feel like there have been a couple of books already going into details of the Darcy wedding (sarcasm). There haven’t been very many about Theo (again sarcasm). Maybe we should just stick to Theo, after all, there won’t be much room in The Trials of Theo Darcy for his brother to be a primary focus. Maybe a recurring character though. (Have our readers figured out that I REALLY want to read that novel?)
DM- No, I think you have been very subtle on the ‘Trials’ hint. 🙂
DM- Did you catch that comment by Theo to Monty – that Monty must marry to carry on the family title? Plus he has three sisters to marry off…
EC- I did. What do you suppose that meant?
DM- Am suspecting the writers are laying groundwork – maybe he and Theo will hook up with sophisticated Ton sisters.
EC- interesting theory. Do you have any others?
DM- It means he is wealthy and too old for Georgiana. Gee who else of the main characters are left to latch to him? Hmm, some lady his equal with a whip?
EC- I stand by my previous supposition.
DM- Georgiana was in the background for this chapter, but in the sequel won’t she be coming out? Both brothers should have interesting reactions to that experience. Since she is to be family, will Caroline be guiding Georgiana – in things like deportment and dress styles?
EC- maybe Theo can bust out his detective skills and run Regency era background checks on all her suitors.
And I think Caroline while not good at catching a man herself might be great as an instructor. You know what they say, those who can’t do teach.
DM- Can you imagine the brotherly scowls. Elizabeth will have her hands full.
EC- We can’t leave our loyal fans without a fun snippet of how we envision things turning out. Theo seems to be pushing the ladies aside to both Monty and his big brother. Maybe he just needs some thunderstruck moment to leave him completely swept off his feet. Here’s how we see it…
EC-Theo and Monty are leaving the bookshop where they have been researching old legal codes in an effort to decipher Sir Lewis’ will.
It has been an uncomfortably humid day and after hours of monotonous study, the two men have decided to take some refreshment at a cafe that is just across the street. Stopped in front of the cafe is a high glossed cream and soft yellow carriage. The crest was one that neither man had ever seen in London. It was uniquely ornate and definitely not English. Something about it looked special, refined. The carriage itself was a fine specimen of beauty and craftsmanship but the four-in-hand that pulled it was magnificent. Four Sabino White stallions towered over all other horses on the street. Never had Theo seen one horse in such a pure white shade but four was nothing short of incredible. If cameras had been pocket sized in 1813, you can bet that Theo would have been a part of the horse paparazzi.
Monty, noticing the trance-like state that Theo was in nudged his friend, awakening him from his trance.
“I must get a closer look!”
Poor Theo, just as he starts heading across the street, the four beautiful sons of Epona begin to trot away.
Startled out of his reverie, Theo realizes that the carriage had left its owner on the other side of the street.
The lady wore a cream colored cloak of the finest velvet hiding the majority of her features, but even concealed, the boys knew tell that she, like her horses, was a fine specimen. She raised a slender, elegant hand to remove her hood, revealing raven black curls and a pert nose. Long black lashes danced above her high cheekbones and just as she stepped into the jeweler’s shop she ever so slowly appraised both men.
“Monty, we can take tea anytime. Right now, I think I must check on that ring I had commissioned for Georgie.”
DM- Cool! ( Brilliant! for our English readers.:) ) I like the crisp descriptions! Fashion descriptions are a skill I lack. My wife would code my clothes A, B, or C and I was to wear like-coded clothes to work.
EC- That’s pretty funny! When I was in elementary school we did a project on Helen Keller. We had to tag all of our clothes with shaped labels and figure out which top went to which bottom. I can just see you now, matching your red triangles to your green squares. “No, that’s not right!”
DM- Now here is a snippet with a twist, just for fun!
EC- How about I fill in some of the “fashion description” that you lack?
In July of last year I attended the Jane Austen Festival in Kentucky as the guest of a JAFF author. Coincidentally, Maria Grace, Abigail Reynolds and Regina Jeffers were also in attendance. The festival had loads of great exhibits, chances to shop the streets of Meryton, duels, merriments of all sorts and lectures. One lecture that I especially enjoyed was called “Dressing Mr. Darcy”, although it may as well have been called “Undressing Mr. Darcy” because it was little more than a regency strip show. Mr. Darcy spoke about each article of clothing, removing them one by one. He started with his cravat and progressed until he was in his undergarments. Although regency undergarments for men are long sleeved and covered them from their chin to their knees, it was still more than enough to get the ladies hot and bothered. There was much fanning to be had. If we weren’t in our regency attire and pretending to be respectable ladies, I’m sure there would have been much hooting and hollering (at least by me!)! With that introduction, let us proceed.
DM- Works for me! You mentioned it to be something along the lines of ‘Undressing Mr Darcy’?
“Look out Theo!”
“Ahh blast!” Wish you had spoken just a little sooner Monty!”
Theo looks down at his formerly pristine cravat, originally tied in a ‘Waterfall.’ “Blast! Now I appear to be wearing a new style of cravat – ‘The Muddy Bog’.’”
Theo looked like a waterlogged monkey. ‘How could a passing carriage have possibly thrown that much water onto a person without breaking an axle and how am I going to get through the rest of this afternoon with this much water weighing me down? There must be 20 gallons of it in my tailcoat alone! Propriety to the wind! I must dry out as quickly as possible.’ With deftly maneuvering fingers, Theo slowly untied his cravat. ‘ah, now I can breathe better’. As Theo removed his tail coat and then waist coat he revealed a sopping white shirt which clung to his every muscle leaving nothing to the imagination.
“Sorry Theo, was … distracted.” Monty replies letting out a low whistle while looking after the Ladies walking down the street.
“Ugh, that puddle made hash of my new hessians! Why were they so close to the curb??”
“The carriage just pulled up at Thatchers. Look Theo, it has a crest on the door but I cannot make it out.”
Theo looks up just in time to see the footman helping a Lady descend.
With his mouth dropping open in amazement and sounding very much like George Takei, “Ohh myyy!”
Suddenly Theo’s heart starts pounding furiously against his well muscled chest.
The Lady, dressed in the highest of fashion, turns and notices Theo’s chiseled pectoral muscles and mud spattered clothes. She looks at Theo slowly from his boots to his top hat, then with a raised brow and slight twitch upward of the corner of her lip. Was that a smile of amusement? Theo bristles a bit and sets his mouth in a grim line. ‘Damned if a fine lady like that would see me in the street in my undergarments!’
Before he can react, the lady motions to her footman and they approach Theo and Monty.
She gives Monty a brief glance, then looks appraisingly at Theo’s “countenance.” She then turns and talks to her footman in soft, deep dulcet tones. “James, apparently my carriage has caused some inconvenience to the gentleman. He is not of my acquaintance and thus we cannot converse.”
“Yes My Lady I understand. Should I give the gentleman a message?”
“Well done James, you understand my position. Yes, please tell the gentleman I beg his pardon. James, give him this card and my business manager will provide any reparations needed.”
“Yes My Lady.”
“Sir, may I ask your name?”
At a nudge from Monty, Theo startles then blushes at his total mesmerized state. The woman has bewitched him entirely with a single look and her soft hypnotic voice. He is lost.
“Oh! My pardon. I was… It is… My word! You are beautiful!”
With a snort and more pronounced jab, Monty brings Theo out of his trance.
“Ouch! Oh. Yes, my pardon. Er, James please tell your mistress no severe harm is done. Nothing financial need be addressed.”
With a small smile, Lady Mary Abernathy begins to turn away.
She turns back to Theo with a raised brow and that small smile that entranced him from the beginning.
With a quick glance at the smiling Monty, Theo tries to form a coherent sentence.
What to say! Quick man! Do not lose this opportunity!
“James, My name is Theophilus Darcy. If one wished to gain an introduction to this kind Lady, would she be receiving callers at home on a particular day?”
James glanced to Lady Mary in question.
“James, I accept calls tomorrow between 3 and 4 only. The knocker is not on the door but for the right gentleman, entrance will be allowed.” Lady Mary made this statement to James but was looking fully at Theo’s happy countenance.
While focused completely on the Lady, “Thank you James. This information is most, most welcome!”
“My Lord, please be sure to arrive properly”, uncomfortable, James cleared his throat before finishing, “properly attired.”
With a slight smile and nod, Lady Mary turns and approaches the shop door where she was headed. A moment of hesitation, she turns her head back to Theo for an appraising glance. The tiniest of nods and she disappears from view.
Theo suddenly huffs out the breath he had unknowingly been holding.
Looking at the card, then at Monty, Theo declares, “Monty she holds my heart! After only moments, she…”
“saw you in your skivvies!”
Theo gasps like a fish out of water and waves his hands about in an inarticulate manner. He is undone – totally.
Monty lays a hand on Theo’s shoulder, “Theo. Theo!”
Theo glances to Monty with a glazed look, “Monty, I need help.”
With a laugh, “Yes my friend, you need help. Theo, look at the crest on the carriage. Look at the card.”
Theo looks at the carriage, then frowns at the card, trying to gather his thoughts into some sort of order.
“What do you mean Monty?”
With a pat on his shoulder, “Theo, she is far, far above your touch. She is the daughter of a Duke!”
Speaking with a suddenly firm resolve, “That matters not. I am determined.”
With a gentle nudge, Monty guides his stricken friend to their carriage. They speak not a word during the trip to Theo’s residence.