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Jane in January: Lady Catherine’s Treasure — 37 Comments

  1. What an adorable story. Lady Catherine sure got her comeuppance for trying to show Elizabeth up and attempting to make her jealous; like she could ever make Elizabeth jealous. I am so glad your husband’s health has improved and you are back to writing. The book about how the landed gentry (whether real or fictitious)earned their money sounds interesting. Thank you for the generous give away.

  2. You had me fooled… I was sure the mysterious man from London would turn out to be Wickham! Lol Thank you for the fun story, and for the fantastic giveaway; the book sounds very interesting.
    darahgill@gmail.com

  3. Great story! Lady Catherine had a senior moment! I can sympathize….lol

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Pamh5230 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    • Thanks, Pam, and I might add that I find it all too easy to channel Lady Catherine’s “senior moments” myself, since I’m probably older than she was!

  4. A charming story — and I learned a new word “parure”! Altho’ there is another expression from the French that would suit the story: Honi soit qui mal y pense … The book sounds like a Must-Read. Many thanks for your generous giveaway.

    • I’m glad you enjoy Lady Catherine stories, Hollis. They are extra fun to write, as you can always count on her to be awful!

  5. So the great lady condescendied to come to Pemberly where that impertinent chit is mistress!
    How the great fall!
    Lovely story! So glad your husband is well andvthat you’re writing once again!
    Carolchoyt (at) yahoo (dot) com

  6. Such a wonderful little story, Diana. Thank you!! Dawson is indeed a treasure after all, despite Lady Catherine’s momentary doubts.

    And she knows Elizabeth very ill if she thinks that the new Mrs. Darcy would envy jewels (especially such gaudy ones!).

    This book on Edward Knight looks fascinating! Thank you for this giveaway!

    Warmly,
    Susanne 🙂

    • It was fun to write about “treasures,” Susanne, and I’m glad you liked it! Please let me have your email address, if you’d like to be entered in the giveaway. You can mail your address to me directly at birchalls@aol.com

  7. Wonderful that your husband has recovered and you are back writing about our favorite characters. Thanks for sharing this cute story.

    • It sure feels good and is such a relief, Meg. Jane Austen once wrote: “Composition seems to me impossible with a head full of joints of mutton and doses of rhubarb.” I writing impossible while I was so worried about my husband, and we both feel so much better now. Thanks for commenting.

    • Thank you so much, Charlotte! It is wonderful to be writing again, and yes, thanks, my husband is quite recovered. (He had angioplasty with stents, and it did him a world of good, he’s full of energy and back to his old self.) I had never experienced being a stressed-out caretaker before and it was no bed of roses!

  8. Glad to hear your husband’s health has improved! I correctly answered all but the last one on the quiz.

    ‘Vanity, thy name is Lady Catherine!’ So how did the brooch wind up outside if the necklace and earrings were accounted for? Senior moment indeed!

    • Thanks, Carole, I love that phrase, vanity is Lady Catherine. Perfect! Welllll….you will notice that the brooch found in the bushes is a DIAMOND brooch, not a ruby one. It fell off Lady Catherine’s jabot when she arrived the previous evening. The ruby brooch in the parure, was in the jewel-box, where she left it. Dawson had it, and brought it to Lady Catherine along with the almond-cream. And that, my dear Carole, is what they call a Quick Save! 🙂

  9. I, too, thought it might be Wickham. Nice to know it wasn’t. We all have senior moments — we just don’t pull everyone around us into our little drama when it happens. Oh, to be Lady Catherine and not care a whit about anyone else’s feelings.

    • Well, Lady Catherine is the end result of somebody so rich and bossy they have been dictating to others their whole lives. It never occurs to her that anyone else’s feelings might matter more than hers! And no, this story takes place not long after Darcy’s and Lizzy’s wedding. Wickham is still in the North with Lydia, and does not appear.

  10. Oh I saw the answers to the quiz I missed some! Oh well that was fun 🙂 Please enter me into the drawing! Erika Messer, hopefuldelights1 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

  11. So glad to hear that your husband is well again, Diana, and that you’re writing again.

    I love this little story that you’ve written. Like a couple of the others, I was thinking that the mysterious man was possibly Wickham and that for once, Lady C. was mistaken about one of her “treasures”. Like Carole in Canada, I’m also curious as to how the brooch ended up outside. Another “senior moment” for Lady C? At least she seems to be beginning to appreciate the “obstinate, headstrong girl” at long last!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway; this book sounds most interesting. I already have a number of books about Jane Austen, life and times but not one written from this particular point of view.

    angmardee (at) hotmail (dot) com

    • Yes, the ones that are direct quotes are the toughest! #3) is Emma to Mr. Knightley, about Frank Churchill. 4) is Captain Harville to Anne in Persuasion. 6)is Mrs. Norris in Mansfield Park. Fun, huh?

  12. I am glad to hear your husband has recovered! Jane Austen is one of those authors I go to under stress and sorrow myself. I got 6 out of 8 right on the quiz. Not too bad. I think your depiction of Lady C. is spot on and very believable. Thank you for including the photos as well. It helped me visualize the story. I didn’t see a date for when the giveaway ended. Did I miss it? Thanks for the fun quiz, the giveaway, and sharing your writing with us!

  13. No, you didn’t miss the giveaway, Lex – I was just waiting until everybody who wants to comment has had a chance. I’m glad you enjoyed the piece, and thanks for commenting. Makes it all worthwhile!

  14. Glad to hear that your husband is well, Diana. I haven’t spend much time here due to my health situation last year. I hope I am not too late to enter the giveaway because I don’t know when is the deadline.

    • Not too late, Luthien, though I’d need your email address if you win. I’ll do the drawing tomorrow probably. I hope your health is improving, all best wishes!

  15. So pleased for all that your family can enjoy the New Year after the scary time of being ill. I loved the quiz and had quite a search for the quote from Mansfield Park from Mrs Norris as she collects things from the housekeeper and gardener to take back to Mansfield Park. I enjoyed the story to and the explanations after to explain the diamond brooch in the garden. Thank you

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment, Ann! It seems to be a tradition with me to make a little mistake or two in my stories, and when people point them out, I have to do a bit of improvisation to maintain it wasn’t a mistake! It’s fun.

  16. You seem to be living proof that emerging from a terrible challenge will make you stronger! Thank you for this story … I’m looking forward w more!

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