EC-I have to admit that this weeks chapter left me feeling fine. During the course of reading a novel I go through a whirlwind of emotions. First I feel excited and intrigued. I love trying to guess where the story will take me and figure out just what it is that will be so different from all the others. Later I feel anguish and sometimes rage at what events unfold. There is usually some angst between two characters and I often get frustrated. If I am lucky an author can make me feel like I am falling in love. At some point I get fed up and think that the novel can’t possibly be going anywhere. Then things start to wrap up and I feel at ease. I can see that my characters are going to be ok and I fall into a content state of mind. I believe this must be where the authors intend to leave us. I feel fine this week. Not completely happy but on my way. It will be at full happy contentment that we will find our story of The Darcy Brothers to be finished. I just hope that happens after a swoon.
Points of interest:
Another wonderful chapter! Lots to consider and mull!
EC-Georgiana seems to be blooming with courage. Theo has been such a good mentor for her, whatever will Elizabeth do? Although at the rate Theo is going, Elizabeth may have to talk Georgie out of Breeches!
DM- Totally agree on the breeches. She is so confident, acting like a mediator between her brothers. They seem to be at an uneasy truce, but stuffy Darcy seems to have a long way to go. What is with Georgiana wanting to read law books? Is she to become a bluestocking or suffragette? Darcy will not react well to that idea! And if Elizabeth joins her…
EC- What if Elizabeth IS a suffragette? Could she convince Darcy to become an advocate?
DM- Mr Stuffed Cravat? Possibly for Elizabeth – for her he would do just about anything!
EC- Ohhh, a man in a cravat! Don’t get me started!
DM- Umm, ahem, OK, next topic!!
DM- With Theo not wanting Pemberley charity – what could he do to be of benefit to Pemberley?
How about if he was in charge of Pemberley’s legal matters? Charity contributions? He could discover just how much good can be done with a large sum of money!
I bet Georgiana and Elizabeth could help Theo find worthwhile uses for the swag!
EC- The fact that you just used the word SWAG in a sentence cracks me up! But you do bring up a good point, maybe this is why Georgiana needs to read the law books? She can shed a female light on the whole women of the manor issue.
DM- Uphill battle that – but if no one tries, even without success, the naysayers will never pay attention.
DM-Uses for his allowance?
Shelters and training for helpless women.
Work projects for injured and whole returning soldiers tossed aside by the government.
Campaigning against the use of climbing boys.
Campaigning against the use of transportation? Australia would be of mixed feelings on this – they need people, just not ALL dregs.
DM- It was funny when Georgiana used Elizabeth’s name like a whip. One snap close to the ear and Darcy fell back into pace and began pulling his share in harness. If Georgiana learns to use her new powers and work in tandem with Elizabeth, the brothers are in real trouble!
EC- A real woman knows how to work the men! You gotta know which button to push in order to get those men moving.
DM- Snap! Yes ma’am! Whatever you say ma’am! LOL
EC- Example, if I want my husband to do something I suggest it to his mother when he’s not around…
DM- When Theo was talking to Wickham, Theo still has guilt feelings where he thinks he is partly at fault for Wickhams misfortunes. Because Theo put him in prison, when scissored in prison he could not afford a surgeon, so that is Theo’s fault? He carries guilt in a similar fashion as his brother – and just as unjustified.
Since Wickham is unrepentant and Theo came through in his hour of need with the surgeon and opium, will he plot to sponge off Theo in the future?
EC- I have nothing to add here. Theo regretting Wickham is just repugnant to me!
DM- For revenge, is Wicked a danger to Georgiana or Elizabeth? Is he up to a little kidnap attempt?
EC- Well I know that the authors have him missing an arm, I’d also like him missing a leg too. Is that possible? He could hop around and try to tie Elizabeth up using his one good hand and his teeth!
DM- I think most of the readers would like for him to lose another ‘appendage’ – I guess a leg would be OK….
EC-I loved Wickham’s disfigurement but felt very sorry for Lydia. Was it because we were so down on her? I will admit to judging her rather harshly but boy does it suck to be Lydia right about now. Its interesting that I feel so sorry for Lydia, the girl who I berated so much in weeks past. I SHOULD be feeling sorry for the girl with the baby that was left by creepzilla Wickhead. She seems to have a good support group in spite of her demise and I have to say that she made out like a bandit. I have a feeling that if this had really happened, she wouldn’t have been so lucky as to have an uncle that supported her and a respectable job to go to. This just furthers my Flower Shop Mafia idea. I haven’t worked it all out yet but I know there must be a story in there somewhere. Maybe its not a mafia but an undercover brothel and the flower shop owner is her pimp. They did wear lots of feathers in their hats back then…
DM- With Wickham nearby, I figured a gambling den as a back part of the flower shop. Doesn’t look like Mrs Younge was any part of it – drat!
EC- Maybe Mrs Younge is the “Boss”. For the most part you don’t see the boss but you do see the boss’s goons. Maybe Wickham is a goon?
DM- LOL I still lean towards cockroach! OK, goon cockroach.
EC- Yes Cockroach Goon Stupid Pants. Does that work?
DM- We are being soo polite – much more than he deserves!
DM- Evie, you hit the flower shop assistant on the button, even if the mafia wasn’t involved – yet.
EC- I called the pregnancy thing!
DM- What job is Wickham now suited for?
You can’t put him in charge of anything that can be stolen, so that leaves services. Even as a tollgate keeper he would skim the profits. Well, if you know what he will do, take his nature into consideration – let him keep all the sums he gets from tolls and pay him a smaller living allowance – for as long as Lydia stays with him.
How about making him a jailer at Newgate? He would scare the inmates into behaving!
EC- He could be the guy with the pail cleaning up the inmate waste!
DM- Ewwww! No, not going to finish THAT thought!!!
EC- :0 perhaps a change of subject again?
DM- Real good idea! LOL
The picture of Wickham is very apropos – even if he lives, is this justice?
DM- Wickham and both women – bad behavior! And what a wedding!
What does lydia think about being married now?
Does she want to take her husband back to Meryton to show him off?
Should the writers stick her with a child? Poor kid!!
How long will it be before Lydia deserts her drunken, drugged husband? Where will she go? Is there a Sea Captain in her future? Captain Ahab certainly was looking for a wife to share his voyages!
There are lots of possibilities for next week!
It appears another couple weeks may be needed! LOL
Will Anne, ‘the Terror of the Ton’, hit on Monty or Colonel Fitz? Both? What about The Beau?
Will Anne gallop her barouche through Hyde Park at the fashionable hour?
What is Lady Cathy plotting?
Is there any news regarding Jane and Bingley?
Will Georgiana meet a dandy that turns her head and what of the brotherly reactions?
Lizzy and William – cozy tête-à-têtes in their future? (my euphemism for snogging) A wedding date set? Need it be soon? Just kidding! well … Would Mrs Gardiner have spoken with Lizzy and Jane, sharing her knowledge of Queen Anne’s Lace?
What about Ton acceptance? Will Lizzy meet the Fitzwilliam clan?
Mrs. Bennet arrives in London (shudders all around!)
Darcy chastised by Lizzy over his lack of understanding of his siblings – is a work in progress.
Will there be a hint that Wickham will still be living for the sequel?
Sounds like Theo won’t have any romance until the sequel – but not even a hint, a walk-by of an interesting woman before then? Evie and I think there should be! ( An advance hint about next Thursday’s post )
Will there be a cliffhanger next week or will the writers gently slide the story into holiday?
EC- Although we didn’t get to see Theo in a trial, we were promised to see it someday soon. Could we be leading up to my series idea? The Trials of Theo Darcy? Please Please Please!!!!!!
DM- Ditto on the future trials!
The Trials of Theo Darcy. Vol. 1, The Posey Seller
Theopholis Darcy’s head pounded. For days he had been cooped up in the library at his law offices. His task was a difficult one. Old law books had been written in latin and then later updated into Middle English text. Unfortunately Middle English was very outdated and the translation could leave some wondering the original meaning and purpose to the laws. It was Theo’s task to unearth the meaning of the Law and translate it for the layman. “Why couldn’t the law be written in today’s English?” As arduous as his task was, Theo was grateful for the supreme knowledge that it imparted. Just this morning he was able to win a case because of the knowledge of a simple Latin text. “Consensus facit legem”. Consent makes the law. It seemed that lately the majority of his cases involved a poor abused child-woman and the buggers who mistreated them. Happily Theo only had one more paragraph to go and he will have completed the translation of his fourth ancient legal volume. This one was named “Pleadings”, a fitting name since his head was “Pleading” for some entertainment.
After a celebratory round of cards with friends, Theo is feeling flush from his success this afternoon. A victory in the courtroom, legal text translated (surely a promotion would come after all his hard work) and now he has swept all of his friends in cards! This was shaping up to be a wonderful day. “Monty old Chap, won’t you join me out for dinner tonight? We can dine at Whites and discuss the Duvall case, my treat for being such a good sport. ”
Just before dusk…
Contemplating the Duvall predicament, Theo prepares to cross a busy street near Whites where he will meet Monty.
“Buy a posey Sir? Only a ha’penny…”
Theo blinks and notices the young women wearing a worn but respectable dress. She is looking at him with a distressed almost fearful expression.
“I have no need for a posey today. Thank you.”
“Please Sir, it is my last one – I cann’a go home until it be sold.” Obviously embarrassed, the woman has kept her gaze toward Theo’s boots.
Intrigued by her mix of proper speech and street cant, Theo takes a closer look at the woman. Her hands do not show the wear of the lower classes, but her dress is for someone in trade. The posey she is holding is thoroughly wilted from a day of handling. Her chances of selling it were nil.
“You truly cannot go home now? You could simply toss it aside…”
“Nay Sir! I promised to sell them all. I promised.” The young women showed a firm resolve but with fearful glances down a nearby alleyway.
The young woman glances up and locks her gaze on Theo’s eyes. There is a pleading quality, she is almost in tears. This is not a hardened street hawker, but obviously a young lady down on her luck.
What does Theo do?
“Sorry, I cannot help you tonight.” Theo says as he hurries across the street.
[ Theo, if Elizabeth finds out you said this, she will chew your arse and scold you until your ears fall off – and deservedly so! ]
“Luckily I am flush tonight, so here is your ha’penny and a crown beside. Save it for a rainy day.” With a smile, Theo touches the brim of his hat and crosses the street.
[ Better but too many questions unanswered… ]
“Very well, I will take the last posey.” Theo then adds, “Miss, I cannot but be concerned at your situation. You obviously are meant for a better position.” Theo hastens to add at her startled look, “Please do not fear, I mean you no harm.” Theo’s sincere and friendly countenance slightly reassures the miss.
After a moment of hesitation while looking closely at Theo, she decides to take a chance. “Yes Sir, I was to be a governess or companion but the positions I was sent to by the leasing agency… they were improper behaving Sir, if you take my meaning.” With a tearful expression and a small sniff she continued, “Now the agency will not send me for interviews. I am at my wits end…”
[OK Theo, step up and be a shining knight! What does he do?? What does he say?? ]
DM- Wonder what the readers will come up with for Theo’s response?