Jealousy in July: Caroline Foiled Again — 23 Comments

    • I know, Helen. I almost titled the piece “Curses, foiled again.” That’s from some old TV show, a cartoon series, I think, but it didn’t sound like something Jane Austen would have said. Haha!

  1. Carolina will be have to set her sights away from the Darcy/Fitzwilliam Families I am afraid, her reputation precedes her.

    • Good advice, Hollis. She does take an interest in somebody else in my book TDoP, but I can’t say that works out any better for her. My favorite fantasy for Miss Bingley is that she gives up on society completely and turns to a life on the stage (*gasp*) where she turns out to be wildly successful!

  2. Poor, poor Caroline! She has little idea that it is her very machinations that make her so unattractive to men of taste and elegance.

    Thanks, Shannon, for another lovely excerpt!

    Susanne 🙂

  3. Poor Caroline! But I just finished Jack Caldwell’s “Three Colonels,” where her outcome is much better.

  4. Oh dear oh dear, what a pity (not!!)That will teach her to lower her sights perhaps???? – probably not though. May I say she deserves all she gets so thanks for this Shannon 😊

  5. I was going to say NONONONO! Our good Colonel is just so polite; but, he can tell that she is lacking a heart. She will have to reorder her goals in life.

    • No, Julia, I couldn’t abandon Colonel Fitzwilliam to the conniving Caroline. I had a better fate in mind for him. You’ll have to read on in The Darcys of Pemberley, though, to see how things work out in the end. 😉

  6. Hehehe. Everyone knew, I am sure, which is why Caroline was seated next to the colonel…so he could break it to her. Always looking above her status. She needs someone in trade or who works or who is in dire need of money to keep the estate afloat. (I feel so evil. :))

    • Thanks for your comment, Deborah. I had fun redeeming Mary in Return to Longbourn, but I never had the slightest inclination to try reforming Caroline. Like I said on an earlier comment above, I see her turning to the stage to find the attention and acclaim she’s looking for. Haha!

  7. I so enjoyed this book and of course Return to Pemberley. No I think Caroline will have to work on improving herself before she can be redeemed…what about a brawny Scotsman in a kilt?! I would think he could teach her some humility.L0L

  8. I can’t bring myself to feel sorry for Caroline. She reaps what she sows. Thank you for the engaging (pun intended) story!

  9. Caroline has only herself to blame for her misfortunes. Poor dear idiot. Somehow I cannot feel sorry for her stupidity.

    • I think what bothers me most about her is her blind hypocrisy. Her own fortune comes from trade, yet, now that her family has risen up in the world, she looks down her nose at others she considers “beneath” her. I guess it is a form of stupidity, because we have the sense that she really believes that nonsense!

  10. Oh Caroline, Caroline, Caroline, will you never learn? I sincerely hope not or we will cease to be treated to fun like this!

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