Rumbustious or Rambunctious.
I’ll give you a hint. One didn’t exist in 1817
Do you know which?
Rumbustious had been used in England since 1777
While the American term first showed up in 1830.
However, the actual meaning of the words is very similar, only one is stated in British words and the other is stated in American words. Thus, it is believed that Rambunctious was derived from the English word Rumbustious, only the Americans wished to change it a bit.
What I find odd, is the word wasn’t established in the roaring 1820s to describe the behavior of the wild, out of control young adults. If ever there was a time to declare someone rambunctious it was then. Instead, it waits until the fall of Wall Street and the Great Depression to make itself known
I honestly cannot imagine a time that was less ‘rambunctious’ than the 1930’s.
Talk about missed timing….
Thanks to the Duke of Rochester’s generosity and the death of Wickham, Lydia Bennet is now a wealthy, independent woman. When Lydia takes residence in the finest house in the West End, her brother-in-law, Darcy, is concerned that she is ‘over her head’.
Despite his concerns, Darcy retrieves his sister, Georgiana, from Pemberley and places her in Lydia’s home. The two young ladies, both recently widowed, form a strong sisterly bond and soon set out to find love again.
Unfortunately, the man Lydia wishes to marry, David, the Duke of Rochester, is already contracted to marry another woman. When Lydia discovers the fiancée plans to murder David and his sons, she rallies her servants and friends, determined to stop the murderess at all costs. Will Lydia’s love of David and his boys triumph, or will the “Lady of Death” continue her path of destruction?
Two weeks later, Lydia broached a problem when Darcy arrived to visit. “Is Eliza still unaware that Georgiana is living with me?”
“Yes, she is aware?” Lydia challenged.
“No. She is not yet aware,” Darcy replied.
“She’s going to find out the first time you take us to a ball.”
“To be perfectly honest, I don’t know how to broach the topic with her. I fear she will see this as an unforgivable betrayal.”
“I believe she would. So, may I suggest we all agree that Georgiana arrived just today. She will naturally insist Georgiana be retrieved at once, but tell her the children will be too rumbustious for your timid sister; so you sent her here, since we have much in common—being close to the same age and both widows. She will object to the matter, naturally. You can then assure her, if Georgiana and I do not get along, you will retrieve her at once. You can even tell her the death of Wickham has quieted me down a bit.”
Darcy laughed. “Not so very much, but for that I am glad. I rather enjoy your forthright nature. I expect you to be a favorite with the gentlemen as well. I only ask that you keep Georgiana safe.”
“I promise you. I want Georgiana to be both safe and happy.”
Darcy kissed her hand. “I will follow your suggestion and tell Eliza she just arrived today. You are aware, my wife will want to see her at once.”
“And will insist she’ll be much happier in your house—yes, I am aware. Since she will need time to realize Georgiana and I have bonded as sisters, perhaps you should delay the news until you contact the lady hosting whatever ball you planned to attend tonight and add us to the list. Tell the woman we have just arrived in town and we are both young widows who have recently ended our mourning time.”
Darcy frowned. “You have not yet mourned for a year.”
“Darcy, I haven’t the time nor inclination to mourn for a year. Georgiana would be terrified to come out if I were not at her side. And you know very well that no man wants a dour wife. I can make her smile and laugh. Georgiana needs me to be at her side.”
Darcy gripped her hands. “You are correct on both accounts. The change in my sister’s countenance since she met you has been remarkable. Without question, you have improved her chances of entering a good marriage. I will speak no more about the mourning period. However, I expect Eliza will make an issue of it.”
“I have no doubt she will do so in the privacy of your home. However, she is far too proper to share my shameful act to the world, for my shame would become hers.”
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Liza O’Connor’s favorite books are Pride & Prejudice and Douglas Adams’ four book trilogy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Go figure…
Raised in the southern mid-section of U.S., Liza escaped to the East Coast once out of college. She’s worked as a journalist, a radio DJ, a security guard, a stock broker, a strategist, and a business solutions consultant to name a few of her many occupations. Again…go figure.
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Lydia is back! While I can’t say I liked her much in Book 1, I did find her fascinating and entertaining, intriguing and very authentic. And in her own way, she wasn’t just unique but also not entirely unjustified in her rash and rakish actions. It was nice to see she hasn’t changed too much in this sequel but does indeed take a step forward.
One of the sentences in this book sums up Lydia for me. She says, “The past does not define us, Wickham. The future is ours to create.” That’s her right there, in a nutshell. And that’s not so bad, isn’t it? In fact, I kept thinking while reading “she isn’t so bad”—and then she’d go and do something scandalous and I shook my head again, but with a laugh. And I have to agree with Mr. Darcy when he admits to Lydia, “There’s so much more to you than one first sees.” Elizabeth is involved in the story too, and interestingly, she causes quite some distress until all is revealed.
It was lovely to get more of Mr. Darcy too (yes, he’s my weakness). And his sister Georgiana was a nice surprise. I’d never have thought it possible, but the author made the friendship between Georgiana and Lydia work. And she made it very believable for Lydia to not only fall in love with another man after Wickham dies but to also discover she has maternal feelings buried deep down. I cheered her on in a way I’d never have thought possible in a certain situation where she saves the day (sorry, spoilers, can’t reveal more). And I might’ve shed a tear of joy when she got her happy ending.