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The Wedding Night of Antony Fitzwilliam and Lady Eleanor — 46 Comments

    • I imagine that poor Antony was not the only member of the aristocracy enduring a horrible marriage, but it does make it fun to write him. Thanks for commenting.

  1. Poor, Antony. To be married to such a harridan….I like his daughters, described as ‘2 bright burst of light’. This seems such an apt description. You so humorously described the poor man’s nightmare, I couldn’t help but chuckle. The deaf priest, Eleanor’s mother putting the ring on her finger, Eleanor forcing him….Thanks for such a fun, horrible post, Mary. 🙂

  2. Oh, poor man…. why couldn’t a tree hit Eleanor! And such greedy parents, so eager for Eleanor’s dowry. I’m glad the little girls aren’t like their mama.

  3. Oh the reality of 19th century marriage. Money and linage were what it was about.. Jane Austen wrote it well as Darcy struggled between love and duty, but fortunately he was his own master. Poor Antony, being the heir was not as wonderful as it should have been. After the consummation he at least had the knowledge that something wonderful could still happen. As we in the South say…Bless his heart.

  4. I always love reading about Antony; he is hilarious and an extremely likable character. His wise cracks and sarcasms leave me almost in tears from laughing so hard. We really have got to give this poor man a happy ending of some kind. This was a delight to find in my inbox. Please consider a full length story about Antony and the Queen of Darkness. And then have her elope with Wickham. That would certainly rid him of her, and she couldn’t marry Wickham, so he couldn’t profit from it. He deserves to be saddled with an evil harpy. It would only be fair.

    • That would be a lovely twist, but only after Antony has his two daughters. Then there would be the divorce that would be just pay back from him for his sufferings. The twist could be that it happens before Lydia is compromised and that Darcy is overwhelmed by the shame in HIS family. An epilogue on the life of the two who fled to the continent would be wonderful. Can you just imagine?

    • That WOULD be a good resolution. If I do write a longer story, it’s highly likely that Eleanor is going to meet with an accident. thanks for commenting.

  5. Hysterically funny and incredibly sad. I am happy that he finds happiness later with another (with a charming accent..)

    • Poor Antony! He should have it all, but he’s not happy, except where his daughters are concerned. I do need to give him a happy ending.

    • I think Antony is all good on the inside, but he loves gossip, which is why Darcy doesn’t trust him. But he does redeem himself in A Wife for Mr. Darcy and Mr. Darcy’s Bite. So glad you like him. Thanks for commenting.

  6. I have to agree with all the others. Antony does add a lot of interest and humor to your stories. I would love to hear how his two daughters turned out. Hopefully, the mother does NOT have a lot of influence in their lives. Sad to read of this forced marriage but we do know then and even now in some cultures it is the practice. But I do have a sense of relief that the daughters were a compensation for having Eleanor for a wife. Well done.

    • Thansk, Sheila. You just have to think of Diana and Charles to know how badly these things can turn out. But Antony is basically a kind soul with a sense of humor. He’ll survive. Thanks for commenting. Mary

  7. Oh my. I just put all of your works up to the top of my wish list. Obviously, Antony shows up in your other stories and I cannot wait to read more of him.

    There’s nothing more swoon worthy than a man who dotes on his daughters…or sons for that matter. But it’s extra charming when he’s obviously enchanted by ‘his darlings.’

    Great writing. Thank you for this short story!!! I too hope it becomes part of a larger book someday.

  8. I had tears in my eyes at the end. So optimistic and thankful is Antony for his daughters. So funny his descriptions of Eleanor the wicked witch, Queen of Darkness. I think he would go mad if he didn’t have a sense of humour! Thank you and yes, I think we would all love a happy ending story just for him!

  9. Thanks for the short story on Antony. I have felt sorry for him in your other stories, yet he has demonstrated redeeming qualities at the same time.

    Have really enjoyed your detective stories.

    • Thanks, Patty. So glad you enjoyed the stories, and I’m thrilled that you are enjoying my detective stories. I’ve started to write #5. It’s much more difficult getting the word out, but I’m getting there.

      • Oh, Mary, excited to know I can read more about your detective. Hope something is cooking in the romance department for him in this new book.

  10. Yay! You made my day. I love Antony and his stories are always both funny and poignant. I think part of the hilarity is his exaggerations about Eleanor as the Queen of Darkness (and comments about his delighted surprise when his children are born human). But besides her being somewhat a heartless and status-conscious lady, my impression is that Eleanor is just indifferent to him, and so it’s touching that Antony adores his daughters. More Antony please!

    • I think you hit the nail on the head. Antony likes to be the focal point of everything, so when Eleanor basically ignores him, he acts out. Even as the author, I’m not sure just how evil Eleanor really is. Thanks for your comments.

  11. I adore your Sir Antony, Mary! I don’t think I’ve read this piece before! Love how you gave us a bit of history about his relationship and marriage. With reading stories that often portray happy love matches from this time period, it is a good reminder to see that not all were love matches and that being unhappy in marriage can have such a big impact on your life. Poor Antony!

    • Thanks, Meredith. I have to say I enjoy writing Antony more than any other character. He just will not play by the rules.

  12. Lovely, funny little story, Mary. Antony was one of the more memorable characters in Mr. Darcy’s Bite (loved those books, btw). He’s totally irrepressible, isn’t he? I can see why you love writing him. Are you thinking of telling his whole story in a full length novel?

    • Thanks, Anji, for your kind words. I’m taking a holiday from JA, but if I write another story, it just might be about Antony. 😉

  13. Oh my. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. It explains a lot! I might have more sympathy in stories that portray him as a selfish jerk. Wonderful, Mary!
    Ps Are you working on more Patrick Shea?

    • Poor Antony. He is a jerk in the way that rich people can be oblivious to what is so obvious to the rest of the world, but he does have a kind heart. Re Patrick – Yes, I have started #5. It will be awhile, but I’ll be sure to let you know. Thanks for asking.

  14. That was so funny! I could really feel Anthony’s fear and pain through it all, but I was also chuckling quite a bit with the descriptions and what was running through his mind. I love that he dotes on his daughters (having two of my own to dote on), and that he doesn’t try to poison them against their mother. That is a sign of true love of his daughters. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading more about Anthony in the future!

    • Thanks, Leigh. Yes, Antony is a good father, and despite his faults, a kind person. So glad you enjoy him b/c I enjoy writing him.

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