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P&P: Behind the Scenes – Lizzy Reflects on the Meryton Assembly — 19 Comments

  1. Mrs. Bennet and Lizzy thinking alike….and twice in one day…who would’ve thunk? As for Darcy’s rudeness, that made him a pariah in Meryton which protected him from being sought after. So, he felt safe (possibly almost as safe as at Pemberley) and remained to become so attracted and emotionally attached (though denying it to himself) to Elizabeth he can’t ever forget her. If he had been ‘hunted’ I think he would’ve left sooner and not had the time to become so attached to her. Thank you for this look into Lizzy’s mind Shannon.

    • You’re very welcome, Deborah. You’ve summarized it well. That’s the only explanation I can come up with, although, in truth, I find it slightly implausible that Mrs. Bennet would have been completely put off the scent by Darcy’s manners or anything else. He was very rich and Elizabeth was not her favorite. I thinks she would have been more ambitious to get them married off and very little concerned whether or not they would be happy together.

      • I agree. I think as long as he wasn’t a truly awful person (like abusive or something like that, which she likely wouldn’t know anyway till it was too late), Mrs B would be thinking Lizzy should put up with a great deal to be Mrs. Darcy.

        • Exactly, Monica. After all, she was perfectly willing to force Lizzy to marry Mr. Collins against her will, when there was far less financial advantage!

  2. I love that you gave Mary the same attitude as Mr. Darcy, yet Lizzy doesn’t see it. “Willfully blind” indeed!

    • In Darcy’s case, I’m sure he was thinking of dancing as a true “punishment”. With Mary, I see her saying so as partly true and partly a defense mechanism. How could she not be hurt by not being asked to dance even once? Poor girl. And it’s sure good for us that Lizzy was blind, or we would have missed out on a great story! Thanks for your comments,

  3. I’m going to enjoy these little snippets of scenes not previously exposed by Jane Austen. You started the ball off perfectly, Shannon. How good of you to have Elizabeth’s thoughts coincide with her mother…. gasp! That should make anyone think twice…. to bad Lizzy didn’t. Deborah (previous commentor) provided food for thought and I admit, I agree with her regarding Darcy’s lingering in the area long enough for him to develop an attachment to Lizzy back in the recesses of his mind.

    When it was announced that you collective Austen variation authors would be writing these scenes for us, a reader proposed several scenes she would like you to delve into. I have another “suggestion”. How was Wickham dealt with by Darcy? How much did he have to pay him to marry Lydia? What sort of conversation did they have? References and inferences are given, but not the specifics. At the time Lady Catherine de Bourg visits Elizabeth her father receives a letter from Collins suggesting an alliance between Darcy and Elizabeth. What actions/thoughts made Collins come up with that idea? How did he deduce Darcy’s interest lie in that direction?

    • I’m glad you’re looking forward to this new series, LInda, and thank you for your suggestions. If they don’t make it into the mix, that just opens up more possibilities for another time. It seems we’re endlessly fascinated by by this story and all the details, known and unknown, doesn’t it?

  4. Thanks for this glimpse into Lizzy’s mind at this point in the story. I kind of see Mary’s and Lizzy’s reactions as both of them putting up a facade of indifference to hide the fact that they were hurt. Elizabeth later acknowledges that her pride was hurt, but it takes her most of the book and some emotional scenes to realize that.

    • I think you’re right that they couldn’t help but both be hurt to some degree. Lizzy just had something more productive to do with the insult, making it an opportunity for her witty humor. Also, I think she had too much self-confidence to really be shaken by this one incident. She didn’t yet care enough about Darcy or his opinion to be devastated by his off-hand remark.

  5. I especially enjoyed the ending of this vignette–Elizabeth’s shock over agreeing with her mother twice! What are the chances after all? 😉

    Poor Mary–her younger sisters are so thoughtless, and her elder ones are so devoted to one another that they don’t give her much attention. It is difficult to be the middle child, especially in a family with five young ladies.

    A wonderful “behind the scenes” reflection–thank you for writing it for us!! 🙂

    Warmly,
    Susanne 🙂

    • Thanks for your comments, Susanne! Yes, poor Mary. I do have a soft spot for her, especially since I’m afraid I was much more of a Mary than an Elizabeth when I was young. I rescued and redeemed her in “Return to Longbourn,” though, where she grew and blossomed and found her own happy ending! Anything’s possible, right?

  6. There is not much I can add as the above comments have said it all. I do especially with two comments: Poor Mary! and OMG: Lizzie agreeing with her mother – will wonders never cease?

    Well done, Shannon.

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