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Is Your Marriage Stable? An easy Quiz!

Yesterday Miss Darcy found a quiz in one of those trendy women’s magazines. It was designed to help you discover if your marriage could endure the stresses of retirement. If you answered any questions wrong, your marriage was as solid as a termite infested outhouse.

Question: If you only have one car, do you share it equally?

My condition for Bill’s retirement was two cars. I’ve known too many couples who divorced over the car issue. Men retire. Women never do. They still have the same need for the car for all their important errands.

Bill drives to the golf course, to the grocery store and to Home Depot. Although a mature, bright adult, once behind the wheel, he loses all sense of time. “I’ll be back in twenty minutes. I’m just going to pick up a lug wrench.” He could be gone for days, while I waited for that car.

In any hardware store, a man can spend six hours in the nuts and bolts aisle, drooling over the endless sizes, not to mention the section of toggle bolts. Did you ever see anyone toggle?

Question: Do you wish you could go somewhere without him?

Of course I do. Being together is great but give me a break. Every day? When the kids were little, I never went anywhere without one or both clinging to a leg or some other appendage. In those days when I had a really bad day and wanted to be alone, I usually ended up at Walgreens.

By the time I got everyone settled for the night, that was the only place open, except bars. Since Bill retired, I found a 24 hour Walgreens, for my alone time. I usually go after dinner when he’s cranked into the “lights out” position on the recliner.

I never buy much. I just roam the aisles and talk to myself until the clerks begin to give me funny looks. Then I go quietly home.

Question: Do you discuss interesting subjects at dinner?

During JEOPARDY? Lets face it, not much has happened since breakfast unless the house has been broken into or a storm surge has wiped out the neighborhood.

The TV keeps us from staring mindlessly at the mashed potatoes. We try to save what counts for conversation for those nights out when we’re alone in a restaurant that doesn’t have waiters in paper hats.

That’s the time when we pretend we’re dating again and the subject of children, grandchildren and the state of the economy is off limits so we can happily digest the meal.

Question: Do you ever feel your home is a jail?

No. In jail, you don’t have to cook.

Question: Are you always cheerful at bedtime?

Generally. But the nights I’m not, Bill has made some unfortunate comment like, “I think I’ll turn in. I’ve really had a tough day.” or “Have you gained weight this week?” This leads to one of those arguments that involve a general breakdown of reasonable thinking.

Since I always liked his mother, I steer clear of questioning his ancestry and just bring up all the things he’s forgotten to do since we’ve been married.

Question: Do you avoid telling him bad news?

Are you nuts? Why rush to tell him I scraped the side of the car when the chances are good he’ll never look at the passenger side? Why ruin his day by telling him I maxed out the credit card on a dynamite sale at the Pottery Barn? All in good time.

Question: Do you ever look at your spouse and wonder why you married him?

Daily. Even after all these years, it’s a sheer wonderment to me. How could I have been so smart to choose someone like Bill to spend my golden years with? I guess I was just lucky he asked.

Do questions in magazines make you laugh? Do you look at your relationships and wonder why it’s worked out so well? Leave a comment below.

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The American Bride! A Proxy Marriage? Miss Darcy Cries Fustian!

Miss Darcy has been trying to cut through the gossip concerning Lord Wilton’s proxy marriage to an American. Most would say, “What good can come of such a misalliance?” Learn the true story in The American Bride.

Fustian! Miss Darcy was quite startled when she read that the Duchess of Landglower herself had proposed a shocking scheme. Excerpt from The American Bride:

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“Cara, your father had your best interests at heart. He could have married you to anyone but I think he chose well. Lord Wilton is young and very handsome. I’m sure he has many fine qualities.”

Sunk in her own despair Cara failed to note the uncertainty of the Duchess’ appraisal.

“Who knows? Given time you may grow to love him.”

“But, Grandmother, that’s just the point. I don’t have any time. We’re already married. He’ll never give me time to know him. We shall be introduced and then he’ll have the right to do with me whatever he wants.”

The American BrideThe older woman could not dismiss the note of distress in the girl’s voice nor the blushing agony in her face. She knew the girl was correct.

The things she had heard about Wilton left her in little doubt that he would immediately bed the beautiful girl. Even at her advanced age she chafed at her granddaughter’s predicament.

The Duchess left her chair and rummaged in the pigeonholes of an inlaid rosewood desk. Pulling out a letter she gave a sigh of satisfaction and returned to her chair. She squinted at the pages for several minutes and then smiled at the curious girl.

“Lady Trehune always keeps me abreast of the latest gossip. Can’t understand why anyone would tell her anything in confidence because before you could get out the door Netty would have told at least three people. At any rate she has her uses when you need to know anything about the ton.”

“She wrote you about Lord Wilton?”

“Indirectly,” the Duchess said, smiling at her granddaughter’s eagerness. “About three years ago Lord Wilton’s brother and his wife were killed in a carriage accident.

There were two children and they are wards of Wilton. They live at his country estate and, according to my addlepated friend Netty, they are in need of a governess.

Knowing of your proxy marriage she was delighted to inform me that their last governess left under some sort of a cloud.”

“You mean that I could go there as a governess? Oh, grandmother, what a lark!”

The girl laughed deeply, much to her grandmother’s approval. She was a fine healthy animal who seemed to appreciate a good joke. No missish girl, this one, nodded the Duchess.

“Do you think you could carry it off?” Liela inquired.

“I had a perfectly awful governess after Mother died. Madame Regenard was an absolute dragon.” She jumped to her feet and paced across the carpeting.

“Should I be French? I can speak it perfectly, even though my accent is a bit awkward,”

“No, child,” the Duchess drawled. “No one would ever take you for anything but an American.”

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Miss Darcy is well aware that such a disguise could place this innocent girl in considerable danger. Not only her reputation but her very virtue would be at risk.

In Downton Abbey, the American bride did save the estate but when the heir died her money was tied to that very estate.

There’s more at stake here than financial disaster. Like in Pride and Prejudice, tittle-tattle abounds but the full account in The American Bride is so romantic.

You’re dying to learn the rest of the story, aren’t you? To Buy or Download a Sample of The American Bride Click HERE.

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Weekly Words from Miss Darcy’s Dictionary

Miss Darcy has been apprised by the DSRC that some of the readers of her correspondence are not totally up to snuff on the Regency language. She understands that time is a precious commodity so she thought it might be fun to define some of these antiquated words.

Some of the members of Sweet’s Racing Club have been known to use cant (Regency slang) when in a private room among friends. Never in front of the ladies.  But it would be an adventure for all of us to be reminded of even these meanings.

When regaling you concerning the rumors surrounding the proxy marriage of Lord Wilton, she may have used several unfamiliar words. It’s very similar to when Miss Darcy arrived in America, she felt as if she had to learn a new language.

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So here are several words that you might not know but will help in understanding the Regency world.

To disguise is to pretend to be something one is not. An impersonation. To create a different appearance in order to conceal one’s identity.

In Regency times to be disguised is to be drunk. To be foxed or castaway is similar.

Misalliance is a marriage of two people unsuited to each other either on a social, financial or national level.

Addlepated means to be mixed up or confused. Although it seems a modern word, it was first used in 1630.

Missish means prim or prudish. Acting like an innocent maiden. Ah! Miss Darcy remembers those days.

Fustian is high-flown or affected writing or speech; broadly :anything high-flown or affected in style. Used occasionally as an exclamation.

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