In fortune, Geoff was not immediately called upon to offer an opinion.
Young Janie Darcy took a gander at her new baby sister and announced, “Put her back.”
Elizabeth gasped and Darcy gazed upon his daughter as if she had committed an heretic aside. (Thus reaffirming Geoff’s decision to keep quiet on the matter.) Elizabeth feared Janie abhorred the notion of a new sister altogether. She had believed they would love the newborn immediately.
“Pray why?” asked her mother. “I was of the opinion you were in want of a new sister!”
Janie exclaimed, “Oh, I do! I dearly love her. But, she must be returned!”
Elizabeth looked at her daughter blankly, recognising they had somehow breached uncommon territory. Ere she could make specific enquiries, Mr. Darcy took it upon himself to relieve his poor wife of petty annoyances like his daughter’s inanities. He was of the opinion just then that any matter could be sorted out through masculine logic. (His wife forgave him this lapse of judgment as he was weary from the exertion of his wife’s childbirth.)
“Janie, dear,” he said condescendingly, “If you love and want her, why should we return her?”
Gazing upon her squirming sister, Janie answered (with equal patronization), “Papa, she is not done!”
As Darcy formed further inquiry as to how that might be accomplished and why, Elizabeth attempted to hush him.
“No, Lizzy,” said he. “I want – nay, need to hear this.”
Thus encouraged, Janie explained, “She is not done and must be put back in the oven…”
“Where in the world did you hear such nonsense?”
“Tis not nonsense! The chambermaid told us. She said that Mama had a bun in the oven!
Cook needs to bake the baby awhile longer!”
Initially aghast at his sister’s insistence that the baby had come early, Geoff came round to the possibility that the entire uproar (and any part he had in it) could be cured through returning the baby for further refinement. This notion was disabused when a newly silenced Mr. Darcy plopped the newborn into his son’s unwilling arms.
Just as he was convincing himself that the baby might be improved, his new sister promptly (and loudly) befouled herself. It seeped through the baby blanket forthwith and pooled in his lap.
It was possibly the most offensive substance Geoff had ever beheld.
“Yuck!” yelped Janie. Darcy simply stepped away from untidy doings.
Geoff was certain nothing so vile had been evacuated by a living being – and that included the excrement of clover-grazed cows. Clearly, this thing had come too soon! This baby was not ready to be born. His mother had been taken to the straw prematurely!
From the expression overspread his father’s countenance, returning her to the oven was a tad too “Mother Goose.”
And Geoff knew that he was to blame.
I loved reading about the Darcys welcoming a new baby and I hope you did too; however, it looks like it won’t all be smooth sailing for them as they adjust to the new addition to their family! What did you think of this sneak peek? Will the Darcy twins easily adjust to living with their new baby sister? We’d love to hear your thoughts!