Jane in January – P&P Missing Scene – First Footer by Maria Grace — 40 Comments

  1. That was a delightful short story. A wonderful custom lost in time. Thankyou. Happy New Year to all readers all over the world… May peace reign in your lives and countries in 2015.

  2. This custom welcoming in the New Year was neat. It’s a shame it was lost along the way. However, it’s too bad that Wickham was welcomed into the Bennet’s celebration. Happy 2015 to all!

  3. I loved this missing scene. Elizabeth is taken by Wickham, but at least does realize he likes women. I love her thought at the end, “What would it be like to be the object of attention of a desirable young man? Surely it would be quite agreeable. But would she ever know that for herself?” Little does she realize that she has been the object of one man’s attention and will continue to be. Absolutely enjoyable. I am in the US.

  4. Lovely. I would like to know what the “footer” means? “Halloo there—is a first footer wanted here?” Wickham does have the ability to appear charming and he spread it around in this episode.

    Happy and Prosperous New Year to everyone worldwide.

  5. Happy New Year 2015 from Oregon USA!
    Thank you forball the great giveaways you
    are planning and for that nice little story!

  6. Love to see this tradition incorporated into the scene. As much as I enjoyed reading this, I must admit that while I was reading, in my head I was screaming out to Mr. Bennet to get Wickham out of his home ASAP. 🙂

    Happy New Year to all of you! I am from the US.

  7. Happy New Year! Love that you are doing Jane in January and focusing on P&P.

    Darn that Wickham, always trying to be a charmer… Thank you for the many giveaways. I’m in the US.

  8. Happy New Year!. Love this chapter. Wickham could be really great if he wasn’t so….Wickham. It is good to know that Lizzie doesn’t really fall for him before she knows his true nature. Thanks for the giveaways. I have read all these books but a magnet would be nice.

  9. Two things I liked about this chapter:

    1) The attention to detail with the New Year’s eve traditions. I learned a little something while simultaneously being entertained.

    2) Yup, Wickham sure is a charmer. He knows exactly what to do to ingratiate himself to everyone. Knowing what happens in the novel, I shivered a bit at how calculating he could be.

    I look forward to reading more!

  10. I love knowing how people in the past celebrate New Year. I’ve read somewhere about it before but not in a story so incorporating the tradition to P&P is an interesting endeavour. Thank you very much for the prizes too. I’m international and I hope to win Austensibly Ordinary, The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen or Dying to Write.

  11. Thank you for the ‘first footer’ tradition. I really enjoyed it. Yes, Wickham is a ‘smooth’ character and it’s a good thing Elizabeth realizes it despite her heartstrings being pulled! I am in Canada so one of the e-books would be wonderful!

    Happy New Year to All!

  12. Such a flirt and charmer! Oh Wickham . . . This was a fun missing scene. I did notice Mrs Bennet stopped complaining as soon as there was a handsome young man in her home.

  13. What a fun tradition. I’m not so sure about Wickham though. Smooth talker.
    This is a great way to start the new year. Thank you! (US)

  14. I was surprised to see that Wickham could be a thoughtful houseguest who was respectful of traditions. It’s so different from his general rottenness that I’ve come to expect! Both his behavior before and after this is indicators of how he really couldn’t have reformed, but at this point, Lizzy seems to have reasonable hopes.

  15. An interesting :lost scene”. I didn’t expect this.
    I, too, regret that the first-footer was Wickham.
    It’s not clear to me if all the commenters understand this custom. Here is an explanation of the custom – and of the gifts – from Wikipedia:
    In Scottish and Northern English folklore, the first-foot, also known in Manx Gaelic as quaaltagh or qualtagh, is the first person to enter the household of a home on New Year’s Day and a bringer of good fortune for the coming year.[1][2]

    Although it is acceptable in many places for the first-footer to be a resident of the house, they must not be in the house at the stroke of midnight in order to first-foot (thus going out of the house after midnight and then coming back in to the same house is not considered to be first-footing). It is said to be desirable for the first-foot to be a tall, dark-haired male; a female or fair-haired male are in some places regarded as unlucky. In Worcestershire, luck is ensured by stopping the first carol singer who appears and leading him through the house.[citation needed] In Yorkshire it must always be a male who enters the house first, but his fairness is no objection.

    The first-foot usually brings several gifts, including perhaps a coin (silver is considered good luck), bread, salt, coal, or a drink (usually whisky), which represent financial prosperity, food, flavour, warmth, and good cheer respectively .[2] In Scotland, first-footing has traditionally been more elaborate than in England,[citation needed] and involving subsequent entertainment.

    In a similar Greek tradition (pothariko), it is believed that the first person to enter the house on New Year’s Eve brings either good luck or bad luck. Many households to this day keep this tradition and specially select who enters first into the house. After the first-foot, also called “podariko” (from the root pod-, or foot), the lady of the house serves the guests with Christmas treats or gives them an amount of money to ensure that good luck will come in the New Year.

    A similar tradition exists in the country of Georgia, where the person is called “mekvle” (from “kvali” – footstep, footprint, trace). – from

    • Like everyone else, I neglected to say where I live. I’m international (Canada). Any of the prizes would be a delight.

  16. Oh my, Wickham is so charming how could anyone resist him if they didn’t know better. It was neat seeing the Bennet’s participating in such a fun holiday tradtion. I loved the details of the New Year’s customs.

    Thank you for the little story and the giveaway opportunity. US Resident

  17. What a wonderful tradition! Wickham gives me a little bit of the willies. Lol but I love the idea of the tradition being carried on. A sweet glimpse into things we have not seen.

  18. Ooh that Wickham sure is a slick one! Charming, indeed. I’d heard of this tradition before; it’s very enjoyable & it’s too bad more people don’t do it. I rang in this new year by sleeping lol.

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