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P&P 200 – Darcy Appears at Church on Good Friday by Mary Simonsen — 39 Comments

  1. Well Mary it’s a shame that he didn’t propose then while he was under the influence of romantic quotes. Who knows, she might even have accepted him 😉 although I suppose the original P&P would have been a little shorter in that case unless the last half dealt with married bliss? 😃😊

    • That’s why I like to write stories. You get to the chase and the resolution quickly 🙂 Thanks for comnenting.

  2. That was interesting… That Plato quote was definitely a clue to Darcy’s feelings even if he tries to forget Elizabeth – that his heart whispers or maybe even yearns after Elizabeth’s heart?
    Joyous Easter

    • I think Darcy was already under the influence at the Meryton assembly. He just didn’t know it. Thanks for commenting.

  3. If Elizabeth is always talking to herself after conversing with Darcy, she must have feelings for him. Whether thise feelings are favourable or not, is another question. I’ve often thought that the reasons why Elizabeth reacted so strongly towards Darcy in canon were that she was always attracted to him but that the initial insult at the Meryton Assembly diverted that favourable opinion in the opposite direction.

    Of course, Darcy himself is totally *gone* by this time!

      • I’ve always thought she had a definite initial attraction to him, but when he snubbed her and she was insulted, she was angry at him and felt it was a righteous anger. Every interaction after that, when seen from an outsider’s point of view is clearly him making bumbling attempts to get to know her better (he can’t help himself) while hiding his own feelings (though he hides them a little too well behind a mask that makes him look annoyed). She would have seen it, except she had decided that he could only be condescending, prideful, and rude, and refused to assign any other motive to his conversation or looks.

  4. Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back.” What a perfect quote for the two of them. If only Elizabeth realized it is she he wants to “whisper back” sigh…. Ah well, sooner or later they’ll both get it! Thank you for such an enjoyable piece at the start of Easter weekend!

  5. This put a smile on my face … but also left me wanting the story to continue. Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates.

  6. What a wonderful story for this Easter Season. Why is it that these two smart people continue to misunderstand one another each walking away, shaking their heads and mumbling under their breath? Love his poetic Plato’s quote, “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back.” If Elizabeth would just stop ‘hating’ him long enough to think about the statement, she would figure the riddle out. But her prejudice against him when hurting her pride, she can’t see the forest through the trees. If she tells Charlotte what he said, bet Charlotte would figure it out. Elizabeth really doesn’t hate him at all, just cannot let go of that first impression. He was lost at Netherfield, and now is even more lost to reason. She’s clueless!

    • Isn’t it amazing how much tension JA created in her story. On the surface, it’s all civility, but underneath, a fire biurns. Thank you for your comments.

  7. “You make it sound as if my wish is your command. It is not. Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back.”
    Like the song: If you’re not the one then why does your heart return my call?
    ….If you’re not the one, then why does my heart tell me that I am?”….can’t get that out of my head.

    Lovely excerpt to fit into our favorite story. Have a Blessed Holy Day with family and friends, my beloved JAFF community.

  8. A poetic Darcy. Too bad when he proposed he didn’t do it in prose. He is besotted…..and Lizzy, well, she is confused. Thanks for a teeth grinding post. 🙂

  9. Pardon for putting my oar in so very late and from far away (Austria)- due to limited time I am not a systematical consumer of the much appreciated AUSTEN VARIATIONS: Your short story is based on a really charming idea and extremely well executed. I would like to join all those readers who wish it developed into a complete novel. An immodest hope, true, but a mere novella mostly means a nice flirt whilst a long novel could turn out as a lifelong love. Let us imagine, for instance, that Elizabeth, being not unexperienced in ancient authors and curious enough, cannot get Darcy’s quote out of her head (him too, of course). Having suspicions of the source she might try to get some hints from him – and that might cause not only further conversations and mutual heart throbbings but for both our heroes also some insights into each other’s feelings.

    • Hi Walter (my husband’s middle name). Thank you for your kind words, and I am glad you enjoyed the vignette. I actually used that scene in a novella, Convincing Mr. Darcy. It’s available on Amazon. Sometimes, I do my best work when I am assigned tasks. That was the case with that vignette. Abigail Reynolds suggested it and was included in Jane Austen: Behind the Scenes. At the moment, I’m working on a non-fiction book about County Galway, Ireland in the 1880s, and that takes my full concentration. But I am so pleased to know that you like my writing. It’s always good to hear from a reader.

      • Thank you so much! “Convincing” – until now only listed among my wishes – will be on my Kindle within the next hours. Preferring printed editions I am forced to digital acquisitions, though, because my book shelves are rather stuffed. “Behind the Scenes” I downloaded a few days ago and am looking forward to reading. It’s predecessor is buried somewhere in a heap on top of a book case behind me. My orderly wife is giving me Lady-Catherine-looks…

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