Proceeding the commencement of my audience with Mr. Theo Darcy, I should like to acquaint you with publication which shall be released almost this very moment! In fact, I dare say that it is quite within reach! If you would be so kind as to click on this singular portrait, you shall find that you may, indeed, read portions of his exploits, which are quite intimate, in my way of understanding. To write of one’s enterprises seems to be a bit pretentious.
However, I shall endeavor to think only the best of him and it really shall be a fascinating read. Indeed, I shall feel quite wicked reading it! What is a girl to do when such fun is to be had? I shall venture to say, “Alas, read the publication and read it well so you shall have much to share when you see your companions Tuesday next!” I propose it will be the talk of the soiree. What a splendid diversion!!!
Aha! He is now present, so I shall proceed.
Mrs. Andrews: Is Pemberley considered home, or do you forever presume it to be “Sir William’s” alone?
Mr. Theo Darcy: Pemberley will always be my boyhood home and I shall remember it most fondly. I hope to find myself welcome there all my life. But what is a man without his own homestead? I could hardly call myself a proper gentleman without a home to call my own. Pemberley is definitely the domain of ‘Prince William’.
Mrs. Andrews: I quite agree with that. Well said. However, I must admit, I am exceedingly curious as to your musings on Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s talent at the pianoforte? I hear such exceedingly different opinions as to puzzle me exceedingly. I know that you have spent some time in her company and wish to hear your thoughts!
Mr. Theo Darcy: I sense that you might be tempting me to say far more than a gentleman should, Mrs. Andrews. I have found that criticizing a young woman’s accomplishments never proves a wise strategy. I will only say that I found a great deal to enjoy in her performance.
Mrs. Andrews: Ahh. A very wise gentleman, indeed! May I then ask you this? Being the Dandy that you are, may I presume you shan’t ever desire to be in close proximity to a fop and may be, in fact, perplexed as to the idea of such an irrational mode. Or, do I presume too much? For I find them to be most detestable! I speculate that you look to Mr. Beau Brummell for such advice?
Mr. Theo Darcy: I am fond of well looking clothes and presenting a dashing figure. I see no fault in that. But I draw the line at the kind of self-centered foolishness that brings disgrace upon ones name and ones connections. Gah! How is it you have me sounding like my elder brother? He is far too stuffy for my tastes, I would not emulate him. But I would repine any actions that led me to be considered a fop.
Mrs. Andrews: I fear that I am both relieved and must beg your forgiveness! You are of a much improved temper than Mr. Darcy. I quite believe we agree on that account! I daresay, this may be a mite….intimate, but I cannot, I will not disappoint. We must know! Should you desire a lady with wit and charm, but quite ordinary in appearance; or one of great beauty and an unsound and delicate constitution?
Mr. Theo Darcy: Why should I not have the good fortune to find a great beauty with wit and charm? If one is do dream, he must not limit his imagination. But in the spirit of conciliation, I shall consider the parameters of your question.
While I do appreciate a woman’s beauty, her company grows quite tiresome if she does not have some amount of wit and a great sense of fun about her and a woman of delicate constitution is rarely fun.
Mrs. Andrews: I fear you have a most difficult choice ahead. For what man is fortuitous enough to endeavor to find both. I dare say, that would be a most arduous task!
Do tell, for I love a good intrigue! Is it quite true that Lady Catherine, in such an ill-tempered manner, admonished Miss Elizabeth Bennet? I do believe that she is profusely put out at the anticipation of a certain union that is said to be announced any day!
Mr. Theo Darcy: My aunt…oh that is a delicate subject. My brother does not prefer that I express my candid opinions about her outside the family circle. However, it is difficult to contain. Lady Catherine is apt to admonish where she will and is quite the termagant when vexed. I make it a point to avoid her company whenever possible as I do not relish the sharpness of her tongue. As for her opinions on a certain union, I am quite certain is would be hard pressed to approve of any but her own choices for my brother.
I confess, one advantage of not being heir to Pemberley is that my own prospects are of little interest to her.
Mrs. Andrews: I can only imagine that you are correct on that account, sir! In fact, I daresay, Mr. Theophilus Darcy, you are quite the charmer. I believe that the ladies shall have to be, in all respects, mindful and take particular care to be prudent in your company. What say you to that?
Mr. Theo Darcy: You wound me Mrs. Andrews! You seem to imply that I might take unfair advantage of a young lady and that is entirely untrue. Despite attempts to draw me as a rake, I am, first and foremost a gentleman. That being said, I do greatly enjoy the companionship of young ladies and will avail myself of agreeable company whenever possible.
Mrs. Andrews: Oh, Theo! You do humor me!! No one thinks you a cad! In fact, quite the opposite is true! Thus, I believe, they must be prudent not to spend time in your company lest they lose their heart in such a quick manner! You should leave the entire town full of broken hearts. We shall never recover and no one else shall ever do!
Now, as fastidious as your brother shows himself to the general populace, you seem to be quite content to delight in a summer picnic and attend a country dance. How do you intend to away without commandeering the hearts of many a country lady? I must repeat my sentiments and ask you forthwith!
Mr. Theo Darcy: Despite my preference for lively amusements and companions, I never make promises I do not intend to keep nor imply a greater affection than I feel. A prudent young lady will attend to such things and not set her expectations inappropriately.
Mrs. Andrews: I shall leave you with this: “Why not seize pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!” Do you agree with me on this count at least?
Mr. Theo Darcy: Indeed I do! One must seize whatever enjoyment he can out of the day!
Mrs. Andrews: Oh Theo! You humor me unceasingly. I greatly enjoy your company and am of a mind to continue enjoying it! I am a married woman, so it is quite safe to jest with you from time to time. I am most grateful for your interview. I know it is frowned upon that a woman should jot down an article, or an interview, but I quite enjoy it. As we both know, my groom is very much stuck with me, so what shall he have to say now? Not much, I can assure you of that!
I have come across some DELIGHTFUL news! Mr. Theo Darcy has conceded to present two readers with one of his very own books! Perchance the winner shall be you! If you should like to attempt to ascertain a copy, please leave a comment here, or you may ask Mr. Theo Darcy an inquiry yourself! He has stopped at many a place, so do increase your chance to win by visiting where he has already been! I shall place all the information before you:
-Monday, 2nd February – official launch at Austenprose
-Thursday, 5th February – Austen Variations
-Monday, 9th February – Leatherbound Reviews
-Thursday, 12th February – My Kids Led Me Back To Pride & Prejudice
-Monday, 16th February – More Agreeably Engaged
-Thursday, 19th February – Laughing with Lizzie
-Monday, 23rd February – My Jane Austen Book Club
-Monday, 2nd March – The Writings and Ramblings of Colette Saucier
-Tuesday, 3rd March – aTransParentMom
-Thursday, 5th March – Songs & Stories
-Thursday, 19th March – A Transparent Mom
You can also keep up to date with Theo as he goes ‘on tour’ through the following social media links (but shhhh, don’t tell his brother!)
Theo on Twitter
Theo on Facebook