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Snowbound at Harfield, Chapter 1-Maria Grace — 43 Comments

  1. Oh I like this new tale…I am already anticipating Elizabeth Elliot’s interactions with the Darcy’s, the Knightley’s and definitely the Colonel!

  2. Crossovers galore!

    Bennet/Darcy/Fitzwilliam
    Knightly/Emma
    Elliot

    And Elizabeth Elliot seems older and wiser than she was originally painted.

    This is an interesting concept! I wonder if Miss Bates will arrive?

  3. An enjoyable beginning, linking JA novels seems a challenge to get the characterizations in sync. Spot on here!

    One thing beyond a maid in her inn room, if the maid carried a set of wedges to stick under the door, no one could enter surreptitiously… I wedged one in the door latch when traveling alone in Europe – made for a good night’s sleep.

    Will be interested in how each couple address each other in private. I keep hoping for Will and Beth for D&E – someday lol.

    • You’re right about the characterizations, Dave, it is a challenge to figure out how the would interact across the different character sets. I”ll have to remember those door wedges, that’s a good idea!

  4. This was an absolute delight. I do love it when our favorite characters get together with other people from the Austen universe. I like it that Elizabeth is wiser and less stuck on herself, although her father is still a royal pain in the neck. You have captured them all perfectly and I do like the tweaked to their characters. Emma’s father a.ways cracks me up. I loved your description of him. Such a well meaning old fuss budget! I can’t wait to see more of this. It is just wonderful. This story seems new and very familiar at the same time. Perfect.

  5. Yes, Darcy and Knightley are just the kind of men who would befriend one another. Great crossover and great assortment of characters interacting!

  6. What an enjoyable beginning. Look forward to read more of your excellent story. Mingling of Jane Austen’s characters is a great draw for a reader.

  7. Excellent beginning! Stiff Darcy, saucy Lizzie and Emma and Fitzwilliam Knightley. What do you say Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam make something out their acquatance?

  8. A mash-up. This will be an interesting story to follow–once I get used to Liza. 😊 We have a troubled Firzwilliam, and an extremely snobby Baron, a hypochondriac, a satirical gentleman, two miscieveious women with adoring husband, and one slightly desperate woman. The possibilities are endless!

    • It was a big challenge trying to figure out how to handle two Elizabeth’s in the same story. Most inconvenient of Austen to name her characters the same way! LOL. Thanks, Linda!

  9. Fun! Knightley and Darcy and the Col all in one place. Extra fun. 🙂 Emma and Lizzie…oh no, I see mischief in the offing. LOL

  10. It’s so lovely to see all of these characters together under one roof. Should be extremely interesting!!

    Thank you for posting it for us, Maria!! It’s just the right kind of story to snuggle up with under a thick afghan with a cup of tea at one’s elbow. 😉

    I have to admit that Emma’s and Anne’s fathers are two of my least-favorite Austen characters.

    You know, as I wrote the above, I began to wonder about something. Are any of Austen’s heroine’s fathers truly exemplary fathers? Men who are unselfish, loving, loyal, and making their families, and especially their daughters, their first concern?

    I don’t remember much about Catherine Morland’s father in Northanger Abbey, but we don’t seem to find a truly loving and unselfish father in the other five Austen novels. Mr. Bennet seems like the best of the bunch, but he has his severe weaknesses and his selfish desire to hide away in his library although he does love Elizabeth. Mr. Dashwood dies at the beginning of S&S, so we see little of him, but he did not take care to secure his wife and daughters’ futures as he should have, forcing them, as Mrs. Bennet would say, “to live in the hedgerows” or at least on the charity of Mrs. Dashwood’s cousin. Mr. Woodhouse cares for Emma but is so wrapped up in his hypochondria that she (and thus Knightley) must devote themselves to his care rather than living on their own as a married couple should. Fanny Price’s father is neglectful and coarse, and we see Anne Elliot’s father here, puffed up with his own imaginary consequence and basically ignoring the best of his three daughters.

    It is a curious thing, something I hadn’t noticed before in Austen’s novels. What do you all think? Is there a theory regarding the portrayal of fatherhood in the analysis of Austen’s works?

    Sorry for the analysis; I’ve been grading too many literary analysis essays lately and can’t seem to shake that particular mode of thought. 😉

    Wishing you all a blessed Advent season,
    Susanne 🙂

    Thanks again for posting this story. I know that I’ve read it before, but as I don’t quite recall what happens, I’m happy to become reacquainted with it.

    Wishing you a blessed Adventide,
    Susanne 🙂

    • I hope Maria forgives me for hijacking the comments, but I couldn’t resist. Susanne, you make an excellent point about the fathers in Jane Austen’s work. Mr. Morland seems a nice chap, but we don’t know much more than that. Most of the others are lazy, weak, neglectful, or selfish.

      IMHO, the best father in the Austenverse is Sir Thomas Bertram of Mansfield Park. Certainly he makes mistakes, but unlike the other fathers, once he realizes his errors, he works to correct them. Unfortunately, he is too late for his daughters, Maria and Julia. But Tom, Edmund, and especially Fanny benefit from his renewed attention and reformed actions.

    • I had the same thought as I was writing the three Austen fathers in one room. It does make one wonder why she wrote so many bad fathers. Was it a reaction to having a good father that she understood the impact of a poor one, or did she see this sort of thing first hand. It does make you wonder.

  11. Ah, Elizabeth has been forced to take over the finances and attempt to control spending. Seems she has changed a little in demeanor here. Looking forward to the rest of this mash-up. Very interesting to think about these characters meeting and staying in the same house. Thanks for this.

  12. What a wonderful story with some of our beloved ( abs not so loved) Ausyen characters.
    Am so looking forward to seeing how this plays out,how Sir Walter will get on with the Darcys and the Colonel, what will happen between Liza,Elizabeth and Emma. Definitely intriguing!! Thanks for sharing this first snapshot. Looking forward to more!

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