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Jane Austen’s Jewel Box – Elizabeth Darcy’s Ring – Part Five – Jane Odiwe — 53 Comments

  1. I for one don’t mind a little romance, Jane. After all, Darcy and Elizabeth are newly married. This probably isn’t the place for anything more….. explicit, shall we say, so I think you got it just right.

    So satisfying to see Elizabeth giving Miss B. a good set down. Mrs B. certainly lived up to expectations at dinner! .Poor Lizzy and her ring. Where has it gone? Who is responsible? I can’t imagine for one minute that it will be just a case of a simple misplacing of it. And we have not one but two new gentlemen thrown into the mix in addition to the French cousins.

    Looking forward to the next chapter. Thanks so much for this one.

  2. Thank you, Anji, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for your opinion on the romance-I wouldn’t normally write anything more explicit-it’s not my style. I enjoyed giving Lizzy the upper hand!

  3. I have enjoyed this chapter immensely. As Anji said I too love a little romance. Nicely done.

    As for the ring…I’ve never had a ring slip off since they are fitted. I am sure Darcy would’ve had it sized for her to fit properly. He pays attention to such details, I am sure. Did Lady C give her maid a bonus to sneak into Elizabeth’s rooms and remove it while she napped, after she came back? A mystery.

    The conversation at dinner was true to character. Glad Mr. Bennet put the brakes on Mrs. B when she was speaking of follies. Loved Lizzy’s put down of Caroline. Very nicely done.

    I wonder how it will happen after dinner. Will the men separate and if do…what will happen during the women’s conversation between the antagonists. Can’t wait to be a fly on the wall. Maybe Lady C will hint at or let something slip about the ring, just as Darcy and the men walk in….

    Anyway, impatiently anticipating the continuing ring saga. So far I am loving it. Thank you fit sharing your WIP.

    • Thank you, Deborah, for your kind comments!
      The only thing I would say about the ring slipping off is that it has happened to me-I’m not sure where you live, but here in the UK it can get very cold in winter and my fingers have a habit of shrinking. My mother lost her engagement ring when she was gardening…but I take your point-it would have been sized to fit.
      I really like the idea of the after dinner conversation-plenty of opportunity for some sparring with Lady C and Caroline B!!

      • In New York State and, yes, it can get quite cold here. Gloves always when it’s cold…sometimes even indoors. I can’t stand bring cold. I guess I am quite fortunate in that respect. I have misplaced things before, though. One time I couldn’t find a necklace for 2 years (& I have a small house). I puy it in a safe place and forgot where. There was also my wedding ring I lost when helping a sheep during lambing (I took it off and put it in my pocket & never found it again). The marriage survived thst , thank goodness. My Mr Darcy was quite forgiving. Speaking of which Lizzy’s Mr Darcy will be too as well as very understanding. I am sure he will be supportive. Since this seems yo be common, perhaps it happened to hid mom too. Hopefully Lady C doesn’t find it first.

        So if it slipped off, perhaps it’s in the sheets and slipped off when she was resting . Eagerly anticipating the next installment.

        • No, I can’t bear the cold either-I spend as much of the winter inside next to a fire!
          That’s the worst thing-taking a ring off and then misplacing it-it might have been better to have written something like that, and then the mystery opens up-has she mislaid it or has it been taken? I shall have a think about that one! Sorry to hear about your ring-wedding rings are so precious.
          Yes, I’m sure Mr D would be very understanding…thank you fro your thoughts, Deborah!

  4. I am really loving this story more each time a new chapter is added. It is charming, romantic, and has just enough villains sprinkled throughout. What would P&P be without Miss Bingley and Lady Catherine? What is a fairy tale without the dragons after all?! My first thought about the ring was that it was Lady Catherine herself, or Miss Bingley trying to ingratiate herself. That would be a very uneasy alliance since they have too much in common to ever be friends for long. Thank you so much for this lovely story. Darcy and Lizzy are just wonderful, and it is lovely to read about them. For me, it is a seamless transition from the original, and it is a pleasure to have something to look forward to every week. I hope the ring turns up before the dragons cause problems with it. Since no one has mentioned it yet, maybe Darcy himself took it to add something to it?

  5. Thank you, Mari, for your very kind comments! Yes, there is always the possibility that someone has found it, but they are not yet saying so…
    I love the characters of Lady C and Miss B-they are fun to write even if they aren’t very nice! It’s especially gratifying to have Lizzy get her own back!

  6. Will Mrs. B ever get the chance to lord it over Lady C that while Mrs. B has three daughters well married, Lady C hasn’t been able to get her one daughter to the altar? Mrs. B is, of course, ignorant of the notion Lady C had of the cradle engagement. Not that that would make a difference in her mind..
    Follies divert Elizabeth in more ways than one – nice touch.

    • Ooh, yes, I think Mrs B would love to do that, Leslie! Thank you for the suggestion-that’s definitely going in next week’s episode!

  7. Oh, please include the romance as you have. It is the kind I like–hinted at and not overt. 🙂 It’s sweet.

    My first thought about the ring was the male French cousin. Perhaps he is a jewel thief?

    And, Mrs. B was hilarious. She is so clueless at times…I wonder if everyone else has figured out who the people were…especially Miss Bingley? Will Mr. B enlighten his wife later? And then will she make an inappropriate apology to her daughter–loudly and in company?

    Loved Elizabeth’s set down of Miss Bingley….always like it when Caroline gets told off.

    Thank you for this chapter. Can’t wait to read the next one. I am thoroughly enjoying this story.

  8. Writing Mrs B is a real dream, Eileen-she’s such a fab character. I like the idea of the others working out who the courting couple were, and love the thought of a loud, inappropriate apology by Mrs B-inspired!
    Thank you for all your lovely comments and suggestions-especially regarding the romance. I don’t want it to be over the top, but definitely hint at what’s happening! ; )

  9. I am enjoying this story. My guess is that Lady C somehow stole the ring off Elizabeth’s finger while she was napping.

    • That made me giggle, RMorrel-the thought of Lady C tiptoeing round, struggling to get the ring off…
      Thank you for stopping by!

  10. I am in the camp that says that Lady Cat had her maid steal the ring. I think she gives it to Anne “because it was bequeathed to her by her sister,” and that Anne wears it to the ball. Now that will be quite a confrontation when the Darcy’s see it!

    • I love the idea of the confrontation at the ball, although if I remember correctly that Anne was embarrassed over hr mother’s wanting the ring. So the confrontation would probably be after Lady C sees Elizabeth with the ring back on her finger after Anne returns it to Elizabeth because Anne feels Elizabeth is the rightful owner.

  11. Another fascinating chapter! Thank you, Jane! And I agree that your sense of romance is just right… very sweet and enough to make my heart go “pitter-pat” but without more explicit description! I too prefer the looks, blushes, thoughts and hints of feelings only. I did love the consciousness between them at dinner, and her awareness of his lingering smell on her skin.

    I’m afraid I always cringe with Mrs. Bennett around, and prefer the daggers exchanged with Miss Bingley where Elizabeth is free to exercise her wit and talent of expression! And it is in good hands with your writing! The loss of the ring is also angst producing, but I have faith you will conclude it most satisfactorily… Some interesting ideas, presented! I prefer that Lady C. has something to do with it… and keep our lovely French relatives for better things! 🙂

  12. Carol, thank you for your very kind comments. I know what you mean about Mrs B-most cringe-worthy! Yes, I agree, Lady C is really the one to watch here-I think she’s going to cause trouble. And thank you for your input on the romance-very helpful!

  13. Lovely – just enough romance – after all they are still on their honeymoon, in my mind. I had my ring fly off my finger once while working with bubble solution at a Girl Scout camp. It rolled and then went through a crack between the boards of the platform. The maintenance man had to pry the board up and, luckily, found the ring on top of lots of dead leaves. Fortunately, I had refused to let a friend stir the leaves up with a branch in an attempt to locate the ring that way. BUT then years later my rings were stolen and never regained! I still miss them.

    One thing that jumped out in this passage – olive skin???? I am sorry, but an “English Rose”, with olive skin? Just doesn’t fit in all the pictures I have of our Elizabeth. Ivory skin, yes. And especially when you are putting pink on her.

    Loved that Lizzy got in her shot at Caroline…dancing around, trying to snag Darcy – nice innuendo! Mrs. Bennet wouldn’t be Mrs. Bennet without her gushing inappropriate remarks in public, particularly re: the folly. So glad Darcy could laugh at that point. And Lady Catwitch trying to insinuate that her husband was (even in part) responsible for the landscaping at Pemberley! As we know, she is all about overdoing and ornate decor while Darcy’s family’s tastes fit in with nature, not in opposition or awkwardly.

    Mr. Hunter sounds charming. Could romance be in the air for Kitty? Even with Mrs. B.’s remarks and throwing her daughter at him, he seemed to take it with the right amount of humor and a wink at Kitty.

    Thank you for a pleasant morning’s read. Looking forward to the next installment.

    • Thank you Sheila-I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
      Well, that was fortunate that you found your ring, but how awful for you to have had your rings stolen-I had some jewellery taken once, and it’s so horrible on many counts to suffer the loss and intrusion-so sorry to hear that.

      We’ll have to agree to disagree on the shade of her skin, Sheila, but not all English roses have very pale skin and we know that Elizabeth tans easily, so I do not think she is the pale kind. I am English through and through, (despite my name, which is my married name-I was once a Taylor) and my skin has olive undertones. If you tan easily and do not burn, the skin’s natural melanin level is higher, which gives a warm olive undertone. Here’s the passage from P&P-
      “How very ill Eliza Bennet looks this morning, Mr. Darcy,” she cried; “I never in my life saw any one so much altered as she is since the winter. She is grown so brown and coarse! Louisa and I were agreeing that we should not have known her again.”
      However little Mr. Darcy might have liked such an address, he contented himself with coolly replying that he perceived no other alteration than her being rather tanned — no miraculous consequence of travelling in the summer.
      But, of course, I wouldn’t want you to stop imagining your Elizabeth just as you like her!

      I think Kitty deserves some romance, as you say, and Mr Hunter could well be the man to provide it, though whether Kitty will cope with his teasing ways is another matter. Thank you for all your thoughtful comments!

      • Ah…but tanned is different from Olive. I have Puerto Rican best friend who has olive skin and would never wear pink. I do know of those passages but olive has different tones.

        • There are different shades of olive-from quite pale to quite dark. Lizzy would have a pale olive skin and dark hair, and dark eyes, in my opinion. Sheila, my point is that an olive skin tans more easily than a pale skin. I think if Lizzy was very pale, she’d probably keep out of the sun in case she freckled.
          I’m sorry you don’t agree with me-it’s just individual interpretations of semantics, I suppose. I completely respect your opinion, but at the end of the day, everyone sees their heroine differently. Jane did not specify exactly what Lizzy looked like so we could imagine her as we like!

          • I am of mostly northern European descent and have brown (graying) hair and olive toned skin so that I tan very easily, but most colors make me look sallow and ill so I wear mostly shades of pink or red.

  14. I went back and read this again. Mrs. B reminds me of Harriet Oleson on Little House on the Prairie and Mr. B reminds me of Nels… only raising his voice when she crosses the line. 😉 Made me giggle.

  15. An enchanting chapter, Jane! I love the hints of romance. I can’t decide whether I suspect the French cousins or Lady Catherine more in the disappearance of the ring – or perhaps the French cousins on the orders of Lady Catherine. 😉

    I loved Darcy’s response to Mrs. Bennet’s faux pas in mentioning the courting couple – both guffawing and concerned for Lizzy.

    • Thank you, Abigail-I’m really thrilled that you enjoyed it and loved the romance! I shall say no more on Lady C or the French cousins…
      I like to think Darcy has a sense of humour and can be sensitive when he needs to be : )

  16. Wonderful chapter Jane! I loved every little hint of romance between Darcy and Elizabeth! I am completely sure either Lady Catherine or Miss Bingley have that ring! Please let Rebecca find it for Elizabeth!
    And the reaction Darcy had to Mrs. Bennet’s faux pas eller description of that “courting couple” had me laughing my head off!
    Can’t wait for the next chapter! 😀

    • Thank you, Sophia for your kind comments! I’m so glad you enjoyed the romance and had a laugh too. I’ll do my best to resolve everything and tie up all the ends nicely…I promise!

  17. Lovely chapter Jane. Just the right touch of romance!

    Could that lovely ring loosened and fell off while that couple were ” courting ” by the tree? I am quite positive the loss a ring would never had been noticed at that time!

    Love the set down to Caroline !! Please don’t hesitate to add more of these!!

    Can’t wait to see where your story flows next!!

    • That’s definitely another possibility-in fact, there are so many places it could have fallen off! Thank you for your lovely comments and feedback, Carol.

  18. That was really lovely. It is so nice to see the affection between Elizabeth and Darcy. Despite all her anxiety at dinner, it was nice for Lizzy to get a few moments of triumph and realize that Caroline can be as unpleasant as she wants, it doesn’t change the fact that Elizabeth and Darcy are together. I’ve somewhat lost track of everywhere Lizzy has been, but I’m guessing that the ring could have gone missing at the sad visit to the farm family? I just hope that it doesn’t cause suspicion and unfounded accusations for the servants, who are often the first suspected when something is missing. I’m also now wondering about the French cousins… could there be some espionage involved?

    • Yes, Kathy, that’s another possibility-Lizzy has had a lot to think about so she might not even have noticed. Thank you for your very kind comments-I shall keep the romance going!

  19. Oh, no…. someone stole Lizzy’s ring? Would it be Lady Catherine, Antoine and his sister, Miss Bingley…

    The embarrassment of Mrs Bennet! I wonder if Mary heard anything. This should be the last time Mrs Bennet is ever permitted near Pemberley. I can only hope that she keeps silent about Lydia and Wickhead.

    Thanks for the new post!

    • June, the suspects are many! ; ) Mrs B is a one, isn’t she-wouldn’t it be awful to have her for a mother? I am surprised Mary didn’t put in her thoughts too-she can be quite like her mother when she wants to be. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

  20. You do a beautiful job with the romance aspect!

    I wonder what’s become of the ring? I think the first person to make a comment about it may just be very telling…hmm…unless it’s Darcy, of course – pretty sure he didn’t steal his own wife’s ring lol.

    Poor Kitty – nothing like your mother fishing for compliments for you to strange men at the dinner table. And Lady Catherine would’ve brought up the “courting couple” also, had she been the one to witness it, I’m sure of it.

    I like the way Lizzy handled Caroline.

    • Thank you, Monica-I’m glad you’re enjoying the romance! Yes, I feel for all Mrs Bennet’s daughters, and especially Kitty and Mary who are going to be the focus at the moment. Thank you for all your thoughtful comments.

  21. I love the romance depicted between Mr and Mrs Darcy and I would love to read more of their intimate scenes. I would like to think that it improves the story if scenes are well written.

    I think Lady Catherine is a strong suspect in this case as she had voiced out that the diamond ring belong to her daughter. I also don’t want to rule out Miss Bingley for causing mischief and distress to Mrs Darcy because her dream of becoming the mistress of Pemberley is dashed. Then the is the French cousins whom we know so little of. Or the ring could be misplace somewhere in the rooms in Pemberley.

  22. Thank you, Luthien-I hadn’t really appreciated quite how much people like the romance-I shall carry on!
    So many possibilities-I’m not giving anything away just yet. Thank you for all your thoughtful comments!

  23. I too enjoyed the ‘romance’. It was just right. I can feel the angst Elizabeth has over losing her ring. I lost a lovely ring in January and searched high and low at the the stores I went to while shopping. Unfortunately, it has not turned up though I provided my name and number to the stores. It certainly didn’t help having to attend dinner with Lady Cat. I’m wondering if Lady Cat had her maid steal it and then gave it to Anne. But knowing how embarrassed Anne was at the earlier mention of it, that she finds time after dinner to quietly return it to Elizabeth? Wouldn’t that help Elizabeth to see Anne in a different light? I just hate for her to have to worry over the ring very long. She has enough on her plate!

    I loved how Darcy responded to Mrs. Bennet’s ‘folly story’. I think it was just what was needed. Poor Kitty, however, took the brunt of the embarrassement though. My heart went out to her!

    As for the French cousins, the verdict is still on them for me. Can’t wait for the next chapter and what you have in store for us!

    • Carole, thank you for your kind comments and lovely ideas! I’m so sorry to hear about your ring-I still wonder about some jewellery I had stolen many years ago. I hope your ring turns up one day!

  24. I am extremely obsessed with this series. I have absolutely nothing to add…well, other than I am counting the mins till the next installment. I am enjoying this storyline very, very much. JA would be proud to see how beautifully, crafty & faithfully you have continued this love story. It has such charm and it’s warmth is welcoming & endearing. I’m so happy you have continued the next chapter development of such beloved classic. Thank You Jane Odiwe! Thank you!!!

  25. Ada, you’ve made my day! I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying it so much-it’s such a pleasure to write for you all-and to know that it’s appreciated is a huge compliment. Thank you-

  26. I just read (thanks to facebook) a news article about a Swedish woman that lost her wedding ring 16 years ago and just found it. Apparently, it had gone missing in her kitchen all those years ago. She found it growing on a carrot in her garden! Hopefully, Lizzy doesn’t have to wait 16 years to find her ring. 🙂

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