Elizabeth and Miss Bingley Face Off – excerpt from a WIP — 23 Comments

  1. A wonderful chapter–I can’t wait to read this book when it’s published!! I really enjoy Georgiana’s POV because it is rather objective, giving us insight into an outsider’s view of Darcy and Elizabeth’s rather unconventional romance.

    Thank you for posting it for us! 🙂

    Have a lovely week!

    Susanne 🙂

  2. I just love that set down to Miss Bingley. Every time I read it in the original, I think “Ha! Nice one, Darcy. She’s really opened her mouth and put her dainty little foot right in it!” That’s assuming Caroline Bingley had dainty little feet, of course. I daresay such an “accomplished” young lady wouldn’t dare to have any other sort!

    This alternative PoV looks as though it’s going to be a lovely read, Shannon. Thanks for brightening my Monday morning with it.

    • Yes, Jen, it’s been fun to see things through her eyes. And we’re told so little about Georgiana that it’s left the field wide open for my imagination.

  3. I agree, Anji. I have always loved reading of and viewing on screen that well deserved put down to Caroline! I am so looking forward to reading this variation.

    Thank you for sharing, Shannon. Have a lovely day.

    • I think it’s all the more satisfying because we have to wait for it. Caroline has already put her head so far into the noose by the time Darcy speaks up that there’s no graceful retreat for her. She’s done and she knows it.

  4. The point fo view from Georgianna reads like she is writing in her diary! I Love it! Exactly as I would picture her writing. You’ve captured her voice very well and I look forward to reading this one!! Great job!

    • Thanks for the kind words, Angie! I really do enjoy writing in first person. I used it in “For Myself Alone” and also “The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen.” It’s limiting in that you can’t include anything beyond what that one person knows, experiences, and thinks. But that’s the way we all experience life, so it’s actually the most natural in that way.

  5. I have a confession to make – Caroline Bingley is one of my favorite characters. She’s so well-drawn in so few words by JA, that we all know just how nasty she is, yet, she smiles at you like butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth. I love what you’ve done here, to show how Georgiana knows very well what Caro is, while still being shy enough not to be able to do something about it. I love how she cheers when Elizabeth and Darcy both manage to handle Caroline!

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Julie!
      Yes, where would we be without our favorite villains? I have a terrible habit of killing them off – satisfying, but then I regret that they’re not around to write for anymore!

  6. Lovely chapter, and so looking forward to the book..While I adore Elizabeth I find I relate more to Georgiana, so nice to have a glimpse into her heart and mind…

    • Thanks for the comment, Stephanie!
      I agree – would love to be an Elizabeth, but I’m more of a Georgiana (or perhaps an Elinor Dashwood). Anyway, it’s been fun getting inside her head and experiencing the world through her eyes.

  7. Wonderful chapter. Always love when Elizabeth puts her down. Of course, Caroline doesn’t really have much going on upstairs, besides fashion and ill stated comments about others she feels beneath her, and she always misses the put down because Elizabeth States them in the most clever way. Goes right over Caroline’s head. Cannot wait for the book. As far as Darcy is concerned, Caroline really never be a chance and now she just tightened the rope that she will hang by. Least favorite female character because, as women, we’ve all known someone just like her.

    • Haha! I love what you say about Caroline not being bright enough to know when she’s been insulted. It reminds me of a bit I wrote in The Darcys of Pemberley. She says:

      “It is always so difficult to leave Pemberley, and this time we must go without having seen our dear Georgiana. It really is too cruel. You must tell her, Darcy, how sorry I am to have missed her. I do hope we will have an opportunity to correct that wretched misfortune before we return to town.”

      “As you wish, Miss Bingley. I shall be sure to tell my sister how wretched you were… at missing her I mean, of course.”

      Catching her husband’s eye, Elizabeth struggled to suppress a laugh at Miss Bingley’s expense. Caroline seemed blithely unaware of the joke, however.

  8. Absolutely beautiful. I am so looking forward to the release of this book….love Georgiana’s POV. Lovely. Reading Darcy’s set down of Caroline makes me smile every time. And Elizabeth’s intelligent responses give me satisfaction. Thank you so much for sharing your WIP Shannon.

    • My pleasure, Deborah! I’m delighted to hear how many people are intrigued by Georgiana and want to read more about her. I am happy to oblige!

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