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Changing House — 16 Comments

  1. I re-read P&P earlier this year and have read the final chapter again just now. It’s a lovely little epilogue, isn’t it? I also love yor books The Darcys of Pemberley and it’s companion volume about Georgiana. When it comes to the Bingleys moving north, I can imagine them acquiring a modest country manor, probably in what is now South Yorkshire, as it was a “neighbouring county”. I live in North Yorkshire, work a lot in West Yorkshire where there’s a lovely stone built manor, typically Yorkshire, that I drive past on some of my commutes. The very first time I drove that way, I thought to myself “That’s the Bingleys’ house!” It’s a LOT more modest than somewhere like Lyme Park or especially Chatsworth, but just the sort of cosy, yet teasonably substantial place that I’ve always imagined they’d move to.

    One thing I particularly picked up on this time is the implicaton that Darcy was never totally free of the Wickhams’ importuning. Yes, Elizabeth tried to shield him from it as much as possible: “As it happened that Elizabeth had much rather not, she endeavoured in her answer to put an end to every entreaty and expectation of the kind.” but “Though Darcy could never receive him at Pemberley, yet, for Elizabeth’s sake, he assisted him further in his profession.”

      • Thanks for your comments, Anji. I would love to see your version of the “Bingley House” sometime! Sounds wonderful. I enjoy P&P’s epilogue for itself (I love prologues and epilogues in general) but also because it worked perfectly for me writing the sequel. There was enough information to give me something to go on, but not so much that I was boxed in tight with no room for creativity. And, yes, the Wickhams do continue to impose themselves on the Bingleys and the Darcys… at least for a while. 😉

  2. Thank you, Shannon. It’s so pleasurable to read your work. I hope you are nearly ready to release something new for us to enjoy.

    Hugs,
    Betty

  3. Oh yes, I love reading the epilogue of P&P and have been reading on JustJane1813, chapter by chapter, P&P.
    I so enjoyed this scene from your book knowing how thrilled Elizabeth and Darcy would be. I too would love to see a picture of this manor house, Anji! I always imagine one with a walled garden…something I would love to have myself…

  4. I did enjoy this scene Shannon and will have to check out this book as I seemed to have missed it. Yes I definitely think Jane and Charles would find living close to the Bennets would be harder than they thought and that they would rather live near Elizabeth and Darcy. I too like the sound of Anji’s ‘Bingley house’ it does sound perfect.

    • Hi, Glynis. Lovely to connect with you and I would be very pleased if you would read The Darcys of Pemberley. It now has its own sequel (Return to Longbourn) as well as a companion novel about Georgiana (Miss Georgiana Darcy of Pemberley). You can learn more about them and my other books at shannonwinslow.com. Thanks for your comments. The list for Anji’s tour is growing!

  5. Enjoyed this scene. There are many parts of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that could use a few additional scene tweaks that extend the happenings of the original story. Truthfully, I’m surprised Charles and Jane made it that long staying at Netherfield. Bravery was needed to deal with Mrs. Bennet.

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