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Old Friends and New Fancies: An Imaginary Sequel to the Novels of Jane Austen Hardcover – November, 1998

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Miss Brinton takes the original form of continuing the fortunes of the characters [of Jane Austen] and devising marriages... -- The London Times, 1913

About the Author

Little is known about the author, Miss Sybil Brinton. She was probably born in 1874. Her father was said to be a member of Parliament.

A two-page preface is written by Dr. Ted Bader, co-author of a sequel to "Pride and Prejudice" called "Desire and Duty."


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Rivive Publishing; First Edition edition (November 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965429911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965429917
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,584,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is only worth reading if you are a Jane Austen fanatic like myself. If you just have to get more of your favorite characters you might enjoy this. It has charcters from all of Jane Austen's completed novels except Lady Susan. It is primarily concerned with the love lives of Georgianna Darcy, Col. Fitzwilliam and Kitty Bennett so it is mainly a Pride and Predjudice sequel. What I did not like about the book was that it tried too hard to include too many characters from too many novels. There are so many characters in the book that many of them have become rather bland. If you love Jane Austen and can never get enough you may enjoy this book. If you're not a die hard fan this probably isn't for you. There are several better written sequels than this one.
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I recently read Old Friends and New Fancies and was delighted with it. The author, Brinton, cleverly used characters from Jane Austen's six finished novels in her story, easily creating acquaintances, friendships, and even romances. Most of our old favorites are included and a good number of characters who remained unattached at the end of their novels play large roles. Brinton focused mainly on Colonel Fitzwilliam, Kitty Bennet, and Georgiana Darcy from Pride and Prejudice; Tom Bertram, Mary Crawford, and William Price from Mansfield Park; and James Morland from Northanger Abbey. Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, Mr. and Mrs. Bingley, Captain and Mrs. Wentworth, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ferrars, Mr. and Mrs. Knightley, and numerous other characters make large and small appearances. The setting is mainly Bath, Pemberley, and the Bingleys' estate. Who wouldn't want to go back to Pemberley?

I quite enjoyed reading Old Friends and New Fancies, not least because I was able to meet some of my favorite characters again and visit beloved places such as the Darcys' estate. In the past, I have been wary of reading Jane Austen sequels for fear that the author has taken liberties with the characters and made them behave as they would not. Rest assured, Brinton did no such thing.
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By A Customer on January 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
After reading Pride and Prejudice, and watching the BBC miniseries, I was simply hooked on the story and wanted more, so I ordered this book. I must say I was somewhat disappointed.While the author certainly did keep the style and tone of Jane Austen's writing, the portrayal of some of the characters seemed awkward, especially Lady Catherine. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy do not have any of the witty "repartee" that I was so looking forward to, and there was none of the gentle humor seen in Pride and Prejudice. And there are simply TOO many characters introduced from other Austen novels, with not near enough details given about the characters I loved so much from P & P. This book concerns Georgiana, Kitty and also Col. Fitzwilliam, and those characters, while fairly interesting, are not the ones that had captured my heart and imagination and left me wanting more. I have not read any other Austen "sequels", so I can't compare this one to any of them, I only know that this book didn't satisfy my urge for more Lizzy and Darcy!! Perhaps I was expecting too much!!
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If you are a Jane Austen fan, then you will cherish the innocense of this book. It is a little obvious that the author, Sybil Brinton did not have the research capabilities that we have now, but being that it was written in the early 1900's it is exceptionally done. Brinton captures Elizabeth and her good sense and judgement. Mr. Darcy is precisely the same. Brinton creates various stories about some of our beloved characters from Pride and Prejudice. Yes, it is predictable, but we love hearing the stories of love and romance. Kitty Bennett is portrayed as a very pretty and lively young woman who is a bit flighty, dreamy and flirtatious. Georgiana though is portrayed as beautiful, unlike the original Pride and Prejudice description of her. However, she also is a bit older, two years, and still the quiet and shy girl we all want to protect. Elizabeth and Pemberly are still her safe haven. I also loved the story line of Colonal Fitzwilliam. Each story is very well done and complete, and flows wonderfully throughout the book. Each of these characters encounter new and old friends and we get to share in their romantic experiences. There is some vain repitition almost to a point of aggrivation, but it stops fairly quick. I LOVED how Brinton included characters from Austen's other books. Mr. Knightly was given a different personality, but Emma was the same! Characters from Mansfield Park, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey were so marvelously mixed in to the stories as well. What a concept!! You do not need to be familiar with any of the books to be able to enjoy this one, but if you are, you'll be even more pleased. My four stars, instead of five, is for the repetitious parts. Other than that, this is a fun book. I would recommend it to anyone, even young teens.
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