P&P: Behind the Scenes – Jane Bennet’s Ride to Netherfield — 10 Comments

  1. This Behind the Scenes writing was enjoyable. Reading more of Jane’s feelings on old Nelly makes Mrs. Bennet more ridiculous in her thinking and behavior. Cannot imagine having a mother that embarrasses her daughters every time she opens her mouth. Frustrating! Her schemes are most annoying and aggravating.

    • I love the Behind the Scenes writing as well, Carol! When writing this, I could just imagine Mrs. Bennet’s reaction had Jane turned around and returned to Longbourn. Mrs. B probably would have made the entire household miserable for days! Thanks!

  2. Poor Jane. Even though she seems to accept whatever her mother says with aplomb, her thoughts are very different. She doesn’t want to make waves and wants to keep the peace. In some ways that reminds me of Mr. Bennet locking himself in the library and not involving himself with the family. Anyway….I’d be mortified, as Jane feels, to approach the Bingley sisters in such a bedraggled state. How mortifying And to push her to marry someone she doesn’t even know Suppose he was a violent man (which we know he isn’t)? In the end, Mrs. Bennet probably tells Jane, ‘I told you so. I knew you’d snag Mr. Bingley.’ even though, in truth, she very nearly destroyed it with her machinations.

    • I believe Jane was flattered by Bingley’s attentions at the assembly, but we aren’t really too far past there in this scene. She really did know very little of him. Despite her illness, she did spend more time with him while staying at Netherfield. I think a bit more time in his company and the ball would help move Jane past thinking him handsome and agreeable and solidify a solid crush on the man. Thanks, Deborah!

  3. I loved the line about Jane having “a steady and true heart, one that sought the best in people.” That line reveals so much about Jane and her patience with her mother, her wanting to see good in Bingley’s awful sisters, etc. It’s also helpful that Lizzy has Jane’s back, especially where their mother is concerned. While I understand the need for her daughters to marry well with the financial situation as it is regarding the entail, Mrs. Bennet’s ploys are so cringe-worthy!!

    Thanks for an insightful glimpse into this scene and Jane’s thoughts while plodding over to Netherfield. Wonderful writing!! 😀

    Susanne 🙂

    • I’m so glad you liked the line about her steady and true heart. I do see Jane in canon in those terms. It’s not always an asset, but there are definitely worse traits!
      Thanks, Susanne!

  4. I love how you make it clear that Jane feels Bingley is just an acquaintance, albeit a delightful one.
    I also really like the last two lines
    “Her new friends had been so kind at the assembly. They would be considerate now, would they not?”
    and I offer her an answer to her question with these three letters: NOT.
    Jane Bennet, I prithee be forewarned; the Bingley sisters will not treat you as you deserve and etiquette requires.

    • Jane knew so little at that point. It had to be disconcerting to have your mother insist you ride in the rain to try to ensnare him! I did waver on adding another line to the end because of how abrupt the end is, but I liked the idea of famous last words. Because we know that while the Bingley sisters might give the appearance of kindness that they are everything but! Thanks, Beatrice!

  5. Oh, how I would have loved to see her turn back but that does not help in forwarding the story. But also reading that Jane realizes she doesn’t know Bingley that well yet and that she wants to marry for love makes me think better of her. Mrs. Bennet should be put on the horse to take her a dry set of clothing!

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