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The Ladies of Rosings Park – Chapter 2 — 13 Comments

  1. Oh DEAR!! Poor Darcy, poor Anne and poor Elizabeth. The you-know-what is about to hit the fan. This Lady Catherine is more alert to the danger of Miss Elizabeth Bennet being at Hunsford. She senses the change in Darcy toward this young woman and she is on high alert to guard her ground. This will be interesting. Thanks for sharing this excerpt.

    • Haha! Yes, something’s about to hit the fan. But I think you give Lady Catherine too much credit. It’s only in hindsight that she sees the danger. Otherwise, she tends to assume she’s in complete control, as is her perceived right. 😉

  2. Aaah, yes. Lady Catherine knows all and tells all. 😉

    But she misses the many clues, especially Darcy paling at the mention of the Collinses’ guest and also referring to her as “Elizabeth” rather than “Miss Bennet” or even “Miss Elizabeth.” Also, Darcy was ready to hightail it to the parsonage immediately despite having just arrived at Rosings–this from the anti-social Darcy? These clues Lady Catherine should have caught–or at least they should have made her somewhat suspicious. But Lady Catherine focuses only on her wishes for Darcy’s marriage to Anne, despite “very little of satisfactory character” happening between the two of them after she has pushed them together rather unceremoniously.

    I can’t wait to read more. Will we hear from Charlotte next week? 😉

    Thank you, Shannon, for these insights into Lady Catherine’s thoughts and character (and is she ever a character!!)!

    Warmly,
    Susanne 🙂

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying the story, Susanne! Yes, Lady Catherine is so sanctimonious and so proud, and yet so totally clueless! I was at first intending to write the book entirely from Anne’s perspective, but then I wouldn’t have been able to report what was going on in LC’s head, and that would have been missing half the fun!

      The chapters mostly alternate between Anne and Lady Catherine (back to Anne next week), but we hear from Charlotte in chapter 5 and a couple of times after that. Mrs. Jenkinson turned out to be very useful in this story, and I enjoyed rounding out her character and giving her a bit of a story of her own. 😀

  3. Oh Mr. Collins! How would you address Lady Catherine if she said this to your face?! Seriously, she wanted you to marry one of the daughters of Longbourn! She was the one who sent you in the first place, but I doubt she would appreciate you bringing this to her attention…

    Mr. Darcy, your surprise does give much away when you hear that Elizabeth was nearby. However, the damage is done and I’m looking forward to Mrs. Jenkinson’s opinion now…

    On a side note, I finished reading ‘Leap of Faith’ and must say I was completely blown away! You ‘hit it out of the park’ actually and I’m not a baseball fan either! Off to write my review!

    • Haha! Did you notice that that’s the only thing both Anne and her mother agree on – that Elizabeth’s coming was entirely Mr. Collin’s fault? A few more chapters before Mrs. Jenkinson gets her say, but, like I just wrote in my comment to Susanne above, she turned out to be a very useful narrator and a joy to write.

      Yay! I’m delighted to hear you liked “Leap of Faith” so much, Carole! It is yet to find its audience, so I really appreciate your endorsement! Thanking you for the review in advance. 🙂

  4. Oh my goodness! Lady C. is so busy being upset that she won’t get to introduce Darcy to Elizabeth that she completely misses all of the signs he’s giving about his connection to Elizabeth. I wonder if the Colonel picked up on it?

    Can I add my endorsement of your book Leap of Faith and Leap of Hope? Loved both of them a lot.

    • You certainly may, Anji!!! I thank you on behalf of LoF and LoH. I love all of my “darling children” the same, but I tend to feel bad for and protective of the less popular ones (which amounts to all my non-P&P books). So it’s especially nice when they receive some attention and praise!

      Unlike Lady Catherine, Colonel Fitzwilliam definitely noticed when Darcy was so eager to visit the parsonage: “A duty, is it?” Fitzwilliam remarked. “Are you sure it is not a pleasure? You seem very keen to be at it.” 😉

  5. I love the way you write Shannon that Lady C bats away things so nothing is her fault – Anne de Bough being a bit of a bore and the arrival of Mr Collins could be laid at her door but as I read I can have no doubt it is Anne’s father at fault or Mrs Jenkinson’s deficiency in making sure Anne looks presentable in the case of Anne.
    Mr Collins I was delighted to read was given the preferment as an act of kindness by Lady C for someone who does not deserve it. Oh how clever – Thank you Shannon

  6. Lady C. is so sure of her own mind-set and future plans that it’s rather surprising that she even realizes any sort of danger to those plans in Elizabeth. Nevertheless, there appears a rising sense of danger …even before she observes Darcy and Elizabeth in the same venue. Much against her will, she recognizes that Elizabeth is an object of disruption in the long-standing plans she has harbored for so many years … One can feel her girding herself to fend off this danger to the future she has always relied on and counted as her accepted right as mistress of her own world.

    • She should be worried, but she’s not, thinking she has everything under control. It’s only in hindsight that she realizes her mistake… which of course she rationalizes away as somebody else’s fault. Must be nice never being wrong! 😉

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