Lizzy Bennet’s Diary: Chapter Ten by Cassandra Grafton — 52 Comments

    • Thank you, Carol, and thank you also for supporting the story throughout its posting!

      I am so pleased you enjoyed it and I can’t tell you how much it means to me to hear from readers!

  1. Like the ending, but hate that your story is finished. Will miss the weekly chapters of “Lizzy Bennet’s Diary.”
    THANK YOU. Please let us know if you publish as a book.

    • Thank you, Carol, for following the chapters and sharing your comments! I really have appreciated it.

      I had no plans to publish this, but am toying with releasing it as an ebook with all proceeds going to a Jane Austen related cause. The difficulty with publishing is that I would need to remove any reference to scenes from the film, which could be tricky!

      • I would so buy it, Cassandra. First, to read it when I feel inclined. Second, to support a good cause. Please do it. Please?

        • LOL Joy! You are so sweet! I am mulling the idea over – it’s just a case of how much I need to adjust it to avoid copyright infringement without damaging the purpose of the story!

  2. Dear Cassandra,
    I have really enjoyed your wonderful story and I’m sorry for it to end. I would love for you to continue Lizzy’s Diary and I look forward to your futures posts on Austen Variations. Janet’s drawings are beautiful. She is very gifted.

    Thanks, –Leslie

    • Thank you, Leslie! I really am grateful for your support!

      Yes, Janet has done a lovely job, hasn’t she? I have just turned the page on my Janet Taylor calendar and it’s always a pleasure to see a new drawing at the start of each month!

  3. So sad that it’s all over, but enjoyed the happy ending, of course, Cassandra!! It would be great to have a continuation at some point. 🙂

    I second Leslie’s comment — lovely illustrations by Janet.

  4. And I third the comments about continuing this ANDJanet’s art.

    Cassandra, this was a delight to read. A pure delight. Thank you so much for putting Lizzy’s thoughts into print. You are such a skilled writer and have an outstanding ability to convey strong emotions in a few well-chosen words. I am grateful, but sad that my weekly visits are over. Sigh!

  5. Cassandra.

    I fourthly (is that a word?) State how much I loved the story, would love a continuation, and adore Janet T’s illustrations. I am so sorry the diary excerpts are over, and absolutely loves them. Don’t know what I will do on Sunday early mornings, and will dearly miss these posts. Loved the culmination of the story as you wrote it. I don’t care for the American ending.

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I look forward to more of your writing on AV and in general. I loved the diary and will reread it in its entirety shortly. 🙂

    • Deborah, I cannot thank you enough for your constant support and detailed comments on every chapter! You have been so kind and I hope you know just how much I appreciate it!

  6. I enjoyed this so much! Thank you. I especially like Lizzy’s sense of humor. Maybe one day you can write Elizabeth Darcy’s Diary 😉 I know she won’t have as much time to write – responsibilities and what-not, but we’d all love to see it. 🙂

  7. jeopardy. The, as the import = Then, as the import

    Same matter of dropped letter. Hope you don’t mind me pointing it out.

    Loved, loved, loved the ramble through Lizzy’s thoughts/writings. Soooooo romantic. Sigh!

    Also loved that they nodded off together and she was awakened by a kiss. More than makes up for the loss of the “American” ending. And aren’t you clever, Jane, to squeeze in on the couch with them so BOTH couples have to sit close together allowing for hand touches and intimate conversations.

    Thank you for this more than satisfying ending – am so going to miss having diary excerpts to read. And thank you to the artist for making it a picture-perfect-piece, in addition.

    • Sheila, always happy to have things ‘caught’!! 😉

      Thank you so much for your support over recent weeks. I value every comment made on every chapter because knowing what the readers think is the most important thing of all.

      Yes – who knew Jane could be so clever?!?!

  8. Thank you for this great rendition of the beloved story. I didn’t realize until you mentioned in one of your intros that the ending of the 2005 movie was added on when test audiences were not satisfied. I can see why that would be – even with the original book, we are all wondering about the continuing romance of Elizabeth and Darcy, and the P&P original didn’t really tell us enough there! Your ending was very satisfying, and Darcy’s response to Mrs. Bennet was perfect.

    Will this finished product be available in the Reader’s Library in one “link” as opposed to (re)reading it in separate chapters/links?

    • Thank you for your continued support throughout the posting of the story, Kathy! Your comments have been much appreciated!

      I am pleased you like the way I ended the story (I felt Darcy deserved to have the final word!) and you found the extra ‘scenes’ with D/E successfully filled the gap from the film!

      I am not sure what happens with finished stories as this is the first time I have posted one on Austen Variations! If not, I am happy to send you a PDF if you would like one.

  9. I love the story very much and it has some of the sweetest and endearing scenes ever. I would like it if you can publish it in pdf format and put it in the free e-books section so that readers like me can load into e-book reader and be able to read it anywhere without the use of internet connection. Have you ever considered doing it?

    • Luthien, thank you so much for your kind comments and support during the posting of the story.

      I can put it into PDF format for you if you send me your email address. Mine is cassandra (dot) grafton (at) gmail (dot) com.

      I hadn’t planned to publish because I believe I would have to remove any references to specific scenes in the film (e.g. the bust at Pemberley would have to revert to a portrait as in the book) because the script is protected under copyright law? However, I have been thinking I would like to do so and price it really low but donate any profit made to a Jane Austen related cause. I am mulling it over!

  10. These weekly installments have been a joy to read. Thank you so much for such a heart felt look into Lizzy`s feelings. I am sorry it is over, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ending.

  11. Cassandra, have truly enjoyed all these extra scenes! Since Elizabeth is my favorite character, ‘hearing’ her thoughts is a grand treat! It feels like we are peering over her shoulder as she writes.
    Thanks for putting out so much effort for our enjoyment!

    Did I miss the puppy’s name? Do we get to vote? 🙂

    • Thank you for commenting, Dave! I am so pleased you enjoyed these diary extracts!

      What a great idea – a vote for names for the puppy! I never even thought about it!

  12. Beautifully written Cassandra…I will actually have to watch the 2005 version again especially now that I have Lizzy’s Diary entries to go by. It should help me enjoy it more. I too will miss these Sunday chapters. I also think the entries should continue so we can hear more about Elizabeth and ‘Fish’ Darcy!!!

    • Thank you, Carole! You have been such a wonderful support throughout the posting of this story, and I really truly appreciate it!

      I am pleased you enjoyed it!

  13. Really loved your story! Thought I would let you know as this is the last chapter ;(
    Am looking forward to reading some more of your work!

  14. Having suffered a number of distractions the past few months, I confess that I didn’t follow the story from the beginning, but on seeing the notice of the “last” posting today, I spent the evening reading all 10 installments. What a lovely gem this story is – so closely aligning with the film that I could envision many of the scenes described as I read, taking particular delight in the gaps that were filled by your creative mind. Kudos on finishing it!

    • Thank you, Diana! I am sorry life has been such a trial lately but I am so pleased you found a window of opportunity to sit and read for a while!

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, I am so pleased you enjoyed it!

  15. That was a lovely ending! I remember discussing the ending of this movie with my older sister, who lives in the states. She thought the tacked on kiss at the end was strange. I had no idea what she was talking about since I had seen the non-US version. Neither of us were satisfied with either ending. I am quite satisfied with yours. 🙂 It fills in the blank left by the movie.

    Of course I would also love to read more of this story….can one ever get enough of ODC? I must say I enjoyed the humour in that last statement, and would love to read Lizzy’s thoughts as she discover this less rigid side of Darcy.

    • Eileen, thank you! I am so pleased you liked my ‘take’ on the ending. I found the UK ending too abrupt, I wanted to see ODC reunited and I just didn’t take to the US ending.

      I thought I would give Darcy the final say in the story – Lizzy has said quite enough!!! 😉

  16. Such a lovely ending to your delightful diary entries. You have an amazing talent for getting in the minds and thoughts of the characters. Reading all the things that Lizzy wrote in her journal but would not say out loud gave much insight into her true feelings It was wonderful! I too will miss these weekly installments and look forward to whatever you have next in store for us. You are a brilliant author.

    Thank you for the credit to my art and and covers. I enjoyed doing the covers for you as it was a pleasure working with you. Thank you also to all who left such inspiring comments about my art. It was wonderful to read your thoughts!

  17. Janet, sending hugs and a huge thank you for allowing me to use your lovely artwork to illustrate the diary entries. They really have enhanced the story telling and I am so pleased the readers have enjoyed them too!

    Thank you again for the delightful ‘covers’ and for all your continued support! I am so pleased you enjoyed the story!

  18. Lovely, lovely work, Cassandra! I have enjoyed it so much. The ending was perfect, much better than either version of the 2005 movie, but the line that will stay with me is this: “There, I have written it! I was kissed awake, and how it makes me smile!” I can’t imagine a more delightful way to be awakened than by a kiss from Mr. Darcy! Hope you’re writing something new and that we’ll see it soon.

    • Thank you, Jan! So pleased you enjoyed this. I was working on another Regency story, but I was inspired last week by staying in Jane Austen’s Bath home and spending so much time in her steps in Hampshire to start something entirely new! We’ll see how it goes! Hope you are also working on a new story!

  19. Cassandra,
    Would it be possible to also send me a pdf version of “Lizzy Bennet’s Diary?” Just in case you do not publish as a book. Thank you.

  20. I’ve been “lurking” lately and just found time to pop in, belatedly, to say how much I’ve enjoyed reading these Diary extracts. Like several others, I don’t care for the alternative US ending of the film. Thankfully, it’s an extra on my DVD, not part of the film itself.

    Lovely to meet you recently, Cassandra, and to hear that the muse has struck again. Looking forward to reading more of your work in the future. Meanwhile, could I be really cheeky and ask, like Carol, for a pdf copy as well?

    Now I’ve got to catch up with Persuasion 200.

    • Anji, so sorry, I’ve only just seen this!

      Yes, it was lovely to meet you; I really enjoyed our lunch in the sun!

      I’ll send you a copy over now!

  21. Cassandra, you will be surprised to see this comment now. While checking out the different areas of Austen Variations, I found the reader’s library area. I found Lizzy Bennett’s diary. I have been reading it over this holiday period. I have enjoyed very much your take on Lizzy’ s thoughts and also reading everyone’s comments. I realize that many of them are faithful followers of all things Austen. It is humbling and so exhilarating to know that there are many others with whom I can share my passion.
    Thank you very much for this delightful story and I will now look forward to the continuation of Mr Darcy’s Quest.

    All the best for 2017!:)

    • Aw, Cristina, thank you!

      This was written so long ago (back in 2005/6 originally). It was my first attempt at a Regency ‘voice’ and although I edited it back in 2014 before posting it here at Austen Variations, I am aware it’s still a very early work! I am pleased you enjoyed it, though! 😀

      Look forward to seeing you over at Mr Darcy’s Quest and a happy 2017 to you too!

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