“Austen should have titled the book, Prim and Proper,” said Lynne, sarcastically.
“It was different era,” said Nan, walking faster.
“Why do we always have to read such old books?  I don’t even feel like going to the stupid book club tonight.  It’s cold out, and everything is so boring,” whined Lynne. “I mean Darcy, or Fitz, as his posse probably called him…”
“I don’t think Darcy had a posse,” snickered Nan.  “I don’t think anyone would have called him Fitz, either.”
“Fitz would be better than Fitzwilliam, don’t you agree?  I watched the movie and when Darcy walked across the field at the end…he was so hot.”
“They didn’t call guys hot, when Austen was alive.”
I’m not living in those times,” said Lynne, “and neither are you.  So, when he finally reaches her, they touch foreheads.  He doesn’t even kiss her.”
“Well, that was supposed to show that he…” said Nan, her breath steaming in the icy air.
“I’m just saying that it was insane.  People didn’t live that long in those days.  They were wasting time.  One of them should have been carrying mistletoe around with them, all year long.  I want to pick out the next book,” Lynne said, firmly.
“Great,” sighed Nan.  “Vampires, werewolves and…”
“Hey, what’s wrong with vamps, weres, and the rest of the marginalized people?”
“They aren’t real.”
“Big news,” said Lynne.  “Darcy and Bennet weren’t real either.  I think you’re just prejudice against the undead and the shifters.  You saw what prejudice did to Darcy.  He had too much pride, and thought he was better than Elizabeth because she was poor.  With a name like Fitzwilliam, I’m surprised he had any friends at all, let alone lucky enough to get a wife.”
“Darcy was rich.”
“Oh, yeah. Then  I suppose he did have friends.  Probably a lot of them.”
“Yes,” agreed Nan.  “It doesn’t always matter what era it is.  Some things never change.”
Photo:  Elaine Howlin, Unsplash

I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

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