Wickham Leads Georgiana Astray: excerpt from a WIP — 18 Comments

  1. I loved this WIP Shannon. Georgiana definitely was duped by a master manipulator. I always felt Wickham was that way. Look at how he duped Elizabeth and her father, Colonel Foster, his fellow soldiers, the shop keepers in Meryton, as well as, I am sure, many innocents and their families. After all, he dropped Elizabeth for Mary King and Elizabeth saw nothing wrong with that. I believe he learned a lot by manipulating the elder Mr. Darcy.

    As for influencing Georgiana’s character, it may have made her more shy and even depressed. It, most definitely, would make her question her own judgment and affect her self-confidence in a negative way. To be so manipulated and duped would also affect spirits in a negative ay making her even more quiet, perhaps, it may cause her to not be so trusting of other’s motives and take what they say at face value. A lesson not too harshly learned.

    I am so looking forward to reading this book.

    • Thanks for your comments, Deborah! Interesting idea – that W. learned the art by practicing on old Mr. D. You’re probably right. That would have been his early training grounds. He would have seen the advantage of currying the favor of one who had so much to give and then moved on from there.

  2. That was fantastic! Exactly as I would have thought Georgiana would have felt. I think Wickham is a master manipulator. He has duped everyone from the start, including The late Mr. Darcy. He learned early on that he could get away with anything just by using his charm and good looks.
    Georgiana, however, must now suffer even more of a loss of self-worth. I believe that it makes her painfully shy, and very very guarded. I am certain if she ever feels she is falling in love, she will analyse her feeling and the young man until the feeling goes away. If she even allows such a thing in the future. This may lead to some very lonely times for her. I am really excited to read this book! Thank you for giving us a peek!!

    • My pleasure, Angie! What you say reminds me of the very next line in this chapter: “The remembrance of such a lapse will, I hope, make me forever wiser, more prudent, and suitably humble. Put to proper use, a little mortification now and again can be good for the soul, I suppose.”

  3. I have so enjoyed this WIP; I just went back and re-read Chapters 1 and 2 before moving on to this excerpt. I look forward to being able to read the book in its entirety when it becomes available.

    Thank you for posting it for us! I love waking up to an Austen variation in my inbox almost every morning!!

    Susanne 🙂

    • Thanks, Susanne! So glad you’re enjoying it! I’m working on the final chapter this morning, so I hope it won’t be too much longer before you can read it in its entirety. 😀

  4. Very well done Shannon! Hopefully Mrs Annesley is able to see Miss Darcy needs a more rounded education, not just music. If she is ever to be mistress of a grand estate, learning such skills needs to be gained now. But, which servant or staff could convince Darcy? This has always bothered me!

    I like how you played George in this snippet – a master manipulator!

    • Indeed, Dave! Since our earlier discussions, I’ve given much thought to rounding out Georgiana’s education and accomplishments! When you read the book, hopefully you will recognize where I’ve worked that aspect into the story. 😉 I appreciate your input!

  5. Oh, I like it. Or, I hate it – just writhing under the discomfort of seeing how Wickham works his dark charm… and how poor Georgiana falls for it. I like that she woke up and saw, though, how silly it was to believe such thoughts of her brother, whom she knows to be good and true. I think, with Elizabeth by Darcy’s side, the two of them will be able to help Georgiana become more confident in her own good judgment. She had it – she just lost sight of it for awhile, and even Elizabeth was completely taken in by Wickham.

    • That’s the scary part, isn’t it, Julie? If even someone as smart as Elizabeth can be taken in, no one is safe from such villains. At least in a novels, we can make sure guys like Wickham get what they deserve (and I did!).

  6. I always wondered way back in 1962 when I first read P&P (I was 12), that poor Georgiana at 15 would have been expected to have recognized the snake-in-the-grass that Wickham was. I had a Mother. I knew immediately. I knew boys were out for no good. She just seemed awfully naive and young, she didn’t have the Mother I did who would have told her what was what. Big Brother was too upset himself to tell her about these things. Ignorance is bliss. NOT. It was not her fault, rather that of her guardians. Girls/young women were kept ignorant. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    • Yes, I think girls were sheltered as much as possible from the seedier side of life – pleasant, but dangerous if their guardians let them down, like Mrs. Younge did Georgiana. Glad you had a sharp mother to watch over you, Julia!

  7. I loved this excerpt! I could really see how Georgiana was taken in. I remember being that age and it didn’t take more than a few looks and kind words from a guy to get one’s imagination going, imagining a future together. The fact that Mrs. Young approved just sealed the deal. Looking forward to reading more!

    • Thanks, Leigh. I can see how it could happen. At that age, weren’t we all ready to promise our undying love to the first handsome guy that paid us some attention?

  8. I’ll add my praise to everyone else’s, I really thought this captured what Wickham and Mrs. Younge must have done and how they really took advantage of a naive young lady. They were pretty crafty, laying all the groundwork for Wickham to suddenly show up and be attentive and charming! With any other man, not set out on destroying the Darcys, Georgiana would have been too shy to advance the relationship, and that would be just fine given her age and inexperience. It was all the more creepy to see how George worked his slimy charms on her. I thought it was an interesting point that Georgiana she didn’t have a mother to guide her — but then on the other hand, Lydia did have a mother, and look what happened!

  9. He’s the snake in the garden of Eden – craftier than any other creature and set on corrupting the innocent. If the description fits, Mr. Wickham…

    Thanks for adding your compliments and comments, Kathy. I appreciate the encouragement!

  10. Ooo, Wickham is such a slime-ball! Presumably he’s already manipulated Mrs. Younge into setting up the whole Ramsgate escapade and now he manages to persuade Georgiana into persuading him to elope with her! Master manipulator doesn’t even begin to describe him. I rather think he must have a PhD in it!

    Looking forward to reading the completed book.

  11. I am just getting to some unopened e-mails and found this missed excerpt.

    Yes, it is just as I imagined. Wickhead is such a manipulator, slimy and wholly without conscience. I agree with the comment about how he learned much as he manipulated the elder Mr. Darcy.

    Poor Georgiana – she cannot imagine what her life would have been as soon as Wickhead got his hands on her money and ran off. Fate certainly was kind is getting Darcy to Ramsgate in time to prevent the elopement.

    Thank you for allowing us to share in reading this WIP. Looking forward to the book.

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