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P&P Missing Scenes – A Matter of Character — 24 Comments

  1. What a delight to find in my inbox this morning! Just the thing to read as I was having breakfast before what I know is going to be a very busy work day. Thank you so much, Maria.

    Darcy’s wrong about not having Bingley’s facility with words. He does have it himself, he just needs to engage brain properly before opening his mouth! If he didn’t, he wouldn’t be able to envisage Bingley’s version of the proposal or to write that very long letter we know so well.

    • I’m so glad to be able to help start your day well.

      Darcy is definitely one of those people who does much better if he thinks out what he wants to say clearly before opening his mouth. Thanks, Anji!

  2. Loved this. You have made us feel his turmoil and astonishment. I’m glad he took time to think. The rhythm of the horse is consoling as is the concentration needed to trot. I find that a rapid walk and talking to my dog or horse helps put thoughts into perspective. Sometimes we can be too honest, as was Darcy. Now to write the letter…. Thank you so much for this missing scene, Grace.

    • I’m thrilled to hear this struck the right note. I know when I get tense and need to think, I like to go running. The repetitive movement helps settle my thoughts so I can work things out. I thought the horse might do the same for Darcy.

      Thanks, Deborah!

  3. Excellent! What a great excerpt. Loved the fact that Darcy reflects rather quickly what he did wrong in his proposal. He should have recalled his mother’s words sooner then maybe he wouldn’t be miles away in misery. Poor Darcy, one could really feel his pain and hurt through your words. I wonder if they had the saying back in Recency England: Hindsight is 20/20. Think first, act second. Sorta like, measure twice, cut once!

    • Thanks, Carol! I think Darcy got such an unexpected shock that he immediately retreated to his rational self to try and sort it out. I could just see his poor mother recognizing this tendency in him from an early age and trying to help him with it the best she could, al the while knowing he was going to stick his foot in his mouth more often than not.

  4. This and my coffee probably the best thing to happen today! As always Darcy’s internal struggles are so helpful giving insight to the Darcy he becomes. The scene seemed to speed up and slow as the horse and Darcy’s thinking did. I found myself breathing faster until he slowed the horse. What great writing. Thanks for this missing scene and the great writing.

  5. An amazing scene. I could see his hurt , his feeling of righteousness. Even with remembering the advice from his mother , he still doesn’t fully grasp the problem.

    Thank you !

    • Thanks, Carol! I figured he wasn’t in a place to come to a complete understanding yet. That would still require some mulling over. But he could definitely make a start.!

  6. Thank you Maria for this poignant scene! I was once again impressed with your ability to depict such strong emotions! I read this first on your own website and then followed it by re-visiting and enjoying a couple chapters from your “Wholly Unconnected to Me”. All most enjoyable and satisfying! 🙂

  7. Fantastic scene! I loved seeing Darcy puzzle it out, think about how well-liked Bingley is and why… You can almost see from this scene how he will have things all worked out by the time he sees Elizabeth at Pemberly and will have practiced (at least in his mind) how to talk to her, how to act around her… well done!

  8. You certainly conveyed well his anger, hurt and confusion. I could just see him storming off seeing red! Then with his ride working through the rejection and trying to figure out where things went wrong and his mother’s words. Thank you!

  9. Absolutely adored this glimpse into the mind and heart of Fitzwilliam Darcy. I especially appreciated the memory of his mother’s wise words, words he should have taken into account *before* he spoke to Elizabeth rather than *after.”

    I also loved the echo of his Aunt Catherine: “This was not to be borne.” Perhaps he is more like Aunt Catherine at this point than he would like to think.

    Thank you for a wonderful post–just what I needed to wake up after being up grading essays on duMaurier’s Rebecca until 5:00 this morning…. 🙂

    Warmly,
    Susanne 🙂

    • It would have been nice if he’d thought it out more first. He’s definitely not the kind of person for whom speaking from the top of his head works well.

      Hope your grading has gone well. Spent many years doing that myself!

  10. Everyone above has stated it so well. We all (I think) love Darcy but part of why is that he does take her words to heart eventually and then attempts to change. But it was a blow as he had no idea that she would not only reject him but also that she had so many reasons. Your words so paint a very realistic picture of what he might have done. Thank you for this excerpt.

    • Thanks, Sheila. I think that is one of traits I love most about Darcy’s character, he seeks to improve himself. He is not afraid to confront being wrong head on and desires to correct his errors. What is not to love about that?

  11. Great scene! I have wondered how he came to write that letter, knowing it was against propriety and unlikely she would read it. Good things he took the chance!

    • I really had to think that bit through because it was so against proper etiquette. After he’d already had such a disastrous reception, writing a letter was very very risky. Thanks, TLeighF!

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