Tuesday, August 7, 2018

What's Past Is Prologue...Ann Galvia

I'm happy to be part of Ann Galvia's blog tour for What's Past Is Prologue. On the first stop of the tour at Savvy Verse & Wit, Ann talked about her Elizabeth. For my stop, she discusses Darcy. Ann delves into the characters and looks deeply at what makes each of them act as they do. That is evident in what she tells us on this stop and on the first one. Ann is building a healthy, stable relationship for her characters, one where they want the same future and are allowed to grow toward it. I think that is evident after reading both posts. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Ann. They gave me a new perspective and also gave me food for thought.

The back cover copy or blurb, gives some foreknowledge about the book. I found it intriguing and have posted it following Ann's discussion on Darcy. I hope you enjoy both. Ann, I give the floor to you.

I want to thank Janet for hosting this stop on the “What’s Past Is Prologue” blog tour.
Before this past June, I would have said that while I knew of Janet, I didn’t really know her.
Working on the cover and marketing of WPIP has brought us together.
Very quickly, she became a sounding board for all my book related questions and comments.
She also assured me early in the process that she’d definitely be signing up for a slot
on the blog tour and as luck would have it, she landed on the second guest post.

AKA the one where I talk about your favorite guy and mine, Fitzwilliam Darcy.

(This one isn’t a quiz.)

(And if I am being entirely honest, I kinda like Mr. Tilney more…)

(But anyway.)

“What’s Past Is Prologue” is a book about Elizabeth growing up and growing together
with Darcy as they face adversity. It’s a trial by fire. Could they have grown so far so fast
had a flood at Rosings Park not derailed their plans to spend the early weeks of their marriage
playing in London? There’s really no way to know, but I tend to think a challenge is more likely
to bring out your best self than a dance.

And speaking of challenges, I want to talk about a very specific kind of challenge today.
Darcy is a privileged person. The 1% of the 1%. When you have his kind of resources, most
problems in life can be solved by the liberal application of money. But there are some
other problems that are a bit trickier, ones where Darcy doesn’t necessarily have an ace
in his pocket.

And that is interpersonal conflict. Today we are going to examine the patented Fitzwilliam
Darcy approach to when people say things you just don’t agree with, or worse, find offensive.

Responding to a General Statement
Sometimes in life, you find yourself in a group where someone is saying ridiculous things.
What is one to do? Well, one way to approach this issue is to be quietly uncomfortable.

Mr. Darcy looked a little ashamed of his aunt's ill breeding, and made no answer.

Responding to a Specific Statement
What about a time when someone in your group directs their insupportable comments to you
in particular? You may find that the best tool in your box is some passive-aggression. Done well,
you can sound like you agree with someone even as they understand you are calling them out.

``Eliza Bennet,'' said Miss Bingley, when the door was closed on her, ``is one of those young
ladies who seek to recommend themselves to the other sex by undervaluing their own, and
with many men, I dare say, it succeeds. But, in my opinion, it is a paltry device, a very mean art.''

``Undoubtedly,'' replied Darcy, to whom this remark was chiefly addressed, ``there is
meanness in all the arts which ladies sometimes condescend to employ for captivation.
Whatever bears affinity to cunning is despicable.''

Miss Bingley was not so entirely satisfied with this reply as to continue the subject.

Responding to People Who Do Not Treat You with Respect
There is no reason in the world to put up with that. Just walk away.

Mr. Darcy was eyeing him with unrestrained wonder, and when at last Mr. Collins
allowed him time to speak, replied with an air of distant civility. Mr. Collins, however,
was not discouraged from speaking again, and Mr. Darcy's contempt seemed abundantly
increasing with the length of his second speech, and at the end of it he only made him
a slight bow, and moved another way.

Responding to Personal Attacks
A strongly worded letter should do the trick. Never engage in person, defending yourself
in the heat of the moment is hard and should not be attempted.

She paused, and saw with no slight indignation that he was listening with an air which
proved him wholly unmoved by any feeling of remorse. He even looked at her with a smile
of affected incredulity.

``Can you deny that you have done it?'' she repeated.

With assumed tranquillity he then replied, ``I have no wish of denying that I did every thing
in my power to separate my friend from your sister, or that I rejoice in my success.
Towards him I have been kinder than towards myself.''

You are digging that hole deeper, Darce. Stop while you still can!

``Who that knows what his misfortunes have been, can help feeling an interest in him?''

``His misfortunes!'' repeated Darcy contemptuously; ``yes, his misfortunes have been great
``And of your infliction,'' cried Elizabeth with energy. ``You have reduced him to his present
state of poverty, comparative poverty. You have withheld the advantages, which you must
know to have been designed for him. You have deprived the best years of his life, of that
independence which was no less his due than his desert. You have done all this! and yet
you can treat the mention of his misfortunes with contempt and ridicule.''

``And this,'' cried Darcy, as he walked with quick steps across the room, ``is your opinion
of me! This is the estimation in which you hold me! I thank you for explaining it so fully.
My faults, according to this calculation, are heavy indeed! But perhaps,'' added he, stopping
in his walk, and turning towards her, ``these offences might have been overlooked, had not
your pride been hurt by my honest confession of the scruples that had long prevented my
forming any serious design. These bitter accusations might have been suppressed, had I
with greater policy concealed my struggles, and flattered you into the belief of my being
impelled by unqualified, unalloyed inclination -- by reason, by reflection, by every thing.
But disguise of every sort is my abhorrence. Nor am I ashamed of the feelings I related.
They were natural and just. Could you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your
connections? To congratulate myself on the hope of relations, whose condition in life
is so decidedly beneath my own?''

Did you really blow right passed her concerns about your treatment of other people to justify
insulting her? Wow. Just...wow.

With respect to that other, more weighty accusation, of having injured Mr. Wickham,
I can only refute it by laying before you the whole of his connection with my family.
Of what he has particularly accused me, I am ignorant; but of the truth of what I shall
relate, I can summon more than one witness of undoubted veracity.

This is why we stick to letters! Staying on topic! Being polite! Making yourself sound good instead of a bigger jerk with every word!

Responding to Personal Attacks Made on Someone You Care About
Don’t speak to the person at all until your significant other makes you.

Lady Catherine was extremely indignant on the marriage of her nephew; and as she gave way to all the genuine frankness of her character in her reply to the letter which announced its arrangement, she sent him language so very abusive, especially of Elizabeth, that for some time all intercourse was at an end. But at length, by Elizabeth's persuasion, he was prevailed on to overlook the offence, and seek a reconciliation; and, after a little farther resistance on the part of his aunt, her resentment gave way, either to her affection for him, or her curiosity to see how his wife conducted herself; and she condescended to wait on them at Pemberley, in spite of that pollution which its woods had received, not merely from the presence of such a mistress, but the visits of her uncle and aunt from the city.

As you read “What’s Past Is Prologue,” it is my hope that you see Darcy’s patented response to interpersonal conflict as he deals with difficult people at Rosings Park. Methods such as silence. Passive-aggression. Some different flavors of silence. And most of all, not saying a word.

Every body was surprised; and Darcy, after looking at her for a moment, turned silently away.


I really enjoyed reading the phrases from P&P that you used to illustrate Darcy's approach to people and interpersonal conflict. I must say, it definitely put things in a different light. As I mentioned above, you made me think, and you made both characters real. Thank you for such an insightful post. 

When Ann first visited my blog, it was May, 2016, with her release, Side by Side, Apart. I can remember thinking her cover was one of the prettiest I had ever seen. I loved it and still do. You had great ideas for the cover of What's Past Is Prologue, Ann, and I had fun being a part of it. It's been a pleasure getting to work with you.

Thank you for stopping by More Agreeably Engaged. I'm glad to have you back for another visit, Ann. I wish you the best with What's Past Is Prologue. I noticed that it is holding steady in the Amazon sales ranks. Congratulations. Thanks also to Claudine Pepe for organizing the blog tour.

Purchase link: Amazon

Book Description

Elizabeth Darcy has her eye on the future. Before her marriage, she saw herself making the best possible choice. Her husband saved her family from ruin. All he asked in return was her hand. Secure in his good opinion, Elizabeth married him. Only with hindsight and his cryptic warnings that passion is not immutable does Elizabeth question her decision. Her solution? Give him a son as soon as possible. Once his lust for her has been slaked, this service she has rendered him will ensure her value. The newlyweds are summoned to Rosings Park almost the moment they are married. Though the estate can boast of beautiful grounds, Elizabeth and Darcy arrive to find devastation. A flood has swept away Lady Catherine’s last hopes of hiding debt and years of mismanagement. She expects Darcy to shoulder the recovery efforts.
The effort to save Rosings strains the already tense relationship between Elizabeth and her husband. To make matters worse, her presence is met with disdain and disinterest from the family. As the days in the besieged estate drag on, Elizabeth slowly untangles the histories and secrets of her new relations. Like Elizabeth’s marriage, the crisis at Rosings is the culmination of past events. Disaster need not be the result of only bad choices; good principles have led them astray as well. As for Elizabeth, she barely knows her husband, and loving him might be impossible. Yet, she is determined to save all that she can—her marriage and the estate—and somehow, create the future she longs for.
Author Biography
Ann started writing sometime before she knew how letters functioned. Her first books were drawings of circus poodles heavily annotated with scribbles meant to tell a story. Upon learning how letters were combined to represent words, she started doing that instead. This has proven to be much more successful. Sometime after that, she decided she wanted to study Anthropology and sometime after that, she decided she liked cats more than dogs. And sometime after that, she decided to become an educator and teach a new generation of kids how to combine letters to represent words, and use those words express ideas. And sometime after that, she realized all she really wanted to do was write, which probably should have been evident from the beginning. Connect with Ann at the following places Ann: Twitter | Facebook | Blog

Blog Tour Schedule

August 1 / Savvy Verse & Wit / Guest Post & Giveaway
August 2 / Of Pens & Pages / Book Review & Giveaway
August 3 / Babblings of a Bookworm / Book Review & Giveaway
August 4 / Just Jane 1813 / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
August 5 / Liz’s Reading Life / Author Interview & Giveaway
August 6 / From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway
August 7 / More Agreeably Engaged / Guest Post & Giveaway
August 8 / My Vices and Weaknesses / Book Review & Giveaway
August 9 / Diary of an Eccentric / Book Review & Giveaway
August 10 / Austenesque Reviews / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
August 11 / Margie’s Must Reads / Book Review & Giveaway
August 12 / My Love for Jane Austen / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
August 13 / So Little Time… / Guest Post & Giveaway



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  1. I agree that the passages chosen definitely help to illustrate Mr. Darcy's character and his way of dealing with interpersonal issues. Very insightful post.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Good luck in the giveaway.

  2. I smiled, I laughed, I felt better after having read this delightful post. Yes, Ann Galvia has captured certain aspects of Mr. Darcy's personality very well and was able to label them so we can see them better as we read JAFF, and more particularly, as she applies them to her new book, What's Past is Prologue. In addition, he has the capacity to flirt and make friends as seen in other parts of the novel--I know Ann has that up her sleeve, too. Thanks, Ann and Janet!

    1. Lovely hint to look forward to, Suzan! (the flirting) :) I will think of this post as I read books from now on. It was good! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I love your analysis of Darcy's unique way of solving relationship / social interactions issues. Spot on. :)

    1. Wasn't it great! Thanks for stopping by, Kate!

  4. I love this post, Ann and Janet!

    Ann, you have let Austen explain Darcy to us: Be quietly uncomfortable; sound like you agree with someone even as they understand you are calling them out; just walk away; never engage in person; stick to letters, stay on topic, be polite, make yourself sound good instead of a bigger jerk with every word; don’t speak to the person at all until your significant other makes you; and last (but best when Darcy does it), don't say a word.

    You and Austen nailed him, Ann! Good job.

    1. Wasn't it a neat post! I like how Ann used Austen to bring out Darcy's approach to people and situations. Excellent!

      Thanks for stopping by, Jan.

  5. That was fascinating and when Darcy's befhaviour is analysed like that, it all becomes so obvious! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on that, Ann.

    Janet, yet another superb cover!

    1. The analysis does make much obvious, doesn't it! I enjoyed this post! Thank you for your comment on the cover! :)

      Good luck in the giveaway.

  6. I don't think Darcy would like my response if he looked at me when "he looked with a smile of affected incredulity".

    1. Laughing...now you have me curious as to your response!

    2. I would probably resort to violence, being a quick tempered being

  7. Thank you so much for hosting this post (and also enduring my many e-mails on every random thing I think of!)

    1. It was my pleasure to host. (and to receive and answer your emails...anytime!)

  8. What a fun way to crack into Darcy's skull! I love your irreverent head chatter with our favorite stiff. Best wishes with your newest book, Ann, I'm looking forward to reading it!

    1. Wasn't it a fun way. Interesting thoughts were presented for our digestion. Thanks for stopping by, Nicole.

  9. This is a beautiful cover and a most interesting look at how we handle things vs how they did back in the day... or rather Darcy's way. I am looking forward to reading this. I loved Side by Side, Apart.

    1. Thank you and thanks for stopping by. It was an interesting post, I agree. I hope you get to read it soon.

  10. Love this most unusual cover and the glimpse into Darcy and Elizabeth's personalities.

    Darcy's responses were interesting and sum up his perspective on life,illustrating aspects of his personality.

    Well done on the beautiful cover!
    Best of luck with your new book,Ann.

    1. Thanks, Mary. I appreciate your thoughts. I'm glad you stopped by.

  11. Thanks for highlighting the struggles of Darcy.

  12. I love a book that makes you think and the questions above certainly out line that. Congratulations on the new book and how you and Janet captured Elizabeth and Darcy on the cover!

    1. Those were such interesting questions, weren't they?

      The painting was one that Ann had found and felt depicted a lot about their struggles. My job was to take out the unnecessary parts and put it all together. It was fun.

  13. What a funny analysis of Darcy! Poor guy, didn't his usual tactics/coping mechanisms damn him in the eyes of Elizabeth...
    But still, you might prefer Tilney (Sacrilege!) but he doesn't make such a dramatic hero full of conflicts for a fanfiction as Darcy, even because of his faults. Thanks for the fun and the giveaway!

    1. Thank you for dropping by, Agnes. I like your comments. Good luck in the giveaway.

  14. That is a very beautiful cover that you designed there, Janet. I really loved it. Thank you to Ann for sharing an informative of Darcy's characteristics when dealing with conflict. The quotes from P&P helps to strengthen the points you mentioned. Best of luck in the blog tour.

    1. The quotes were apropos to the points mentioned, weren't they! I enjoyed reading Ann's thoughts on Darcy.

      Thank you, Sylvia. I'm happy you love the cover. Ann wanted to go with a navy and pink color scheme. I think the color combination is appealing. I like it too.

  15. Thanks, Janet and Ann, for this lovely and insightful post! Loved the quotes and the commentary!

    1. I'm so happy you stopped by, Joana. Glad you enjoyed the post!