- Posted by Sophia Meredith
- On March 30, 2016
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- book excerpt, Jane Austen, Pemberley Departures, Pride & Prejudice Variation, Romance novel
It is a truth universally acknowledged that mere mortals, not blessed with the benefit of foresight, may bring about those things which are exactly against their own interests through only the best of intentions.
What if Elizabeth Bennet’s father died in a tragic accident the spring prior to the events in Pride & Prejudice? What if Lady Catherine who is “always glad to get a young person well placed out,” decides to help the Bennet family just at the moment her nephew, Mr. Darcy, requires a companion for his sister, whom he has recently removed from school?
In a series of unlikely coincidences which can only be taken as the hand of providence, Mr. Darcy comes to know Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and though he does not entirely approve of her excessive liveliness, he is forced to consider her for the post. As he begins to know her better, he appreciates her wit, education, and the kind influence she has on his sister, who is blossoming under her attention. Perhaps there even deeper feelings he is unwilling to acknowledge.
Elizabeth Bennet, determined to assist her sister, Jane, in making a good match and sending her youngest sister’s to school, sets herself firmly upon the shelf, mobcap and all, to take a post as lady’s companion. She could not be more pleased with her engagement to Georgiana Darcy, that is if Mr. Darcy was not always underfoot. While she does not exactly hate him as she once did, she still finds herself uncharacteristically bothered by his presence.
Before these two can reconcile their growing feelings for one, the two ladies take a holiday in Brighton. There, Miss Darcy meets her particular friend George Wickham and danger is afoot.