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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1979105308
- Publication Date: October 23, 2017
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Elizabeth was severely injured & trapped under a lightning damaged tree. Darcy observed this happen & facilitated her removal to Pemberley. Informed of the loss of their daughter the Bennet parents shrugged it off & failed to take the disappearance seriously. An inept local constable reported to the concerned Gardiners that their niece had been kidnapped, by gypsies! The two Darcys (Mr James Darcy & Georgina had both died under suspicious circumstances) created a false identity of a long-lost cousin (Elizabeth 'Beth' Chamberlyne) to explain her presence at Pemberley. Suffering from amnesia Beth (a person distinct from Lizzy Bennet) spent some months recuperating before travelling with the Darcys to Netherfield where a shock awaited her as they arrived during Jane's convalescence from the ill-fated horseback journey from Longbourn. A nicer Kitty was nursing her & a confrontation between the three sisters took place. It was agreed to conceal Beth's presence in Hertfordshire from the remaining Bennet family members, due to their appalling attitudes & behaviours towards 'Lizzy', before & during her absence. Now free of constraints Darcy proffered a tender proposal of marriage which she joyously accepted. The Darcys & their 'cousin' left for London almost immediately after they had obtained the details of life at Longbourn that filled in some of the blanks resulting from Beth's memory loss. Unfortunately, as their coach travelled through Meryton it was spotted by a lurking & still vengeful Mr Wickham. Jane, who had accepted Bingley's proposal, & Kitty returned to Longbourn to find out the lay of the land should their sister return home; it was not promising as marriage to Mr Collins & resumption of her duties overseeing the estate were all that awaited her.
In London Darcy proposed again & presented Beth with a family heirloom as her engagement ring. The necessary arrangements were put in motion for their marriage. Lady Catherine, with Anne de Bourgh in tow, arrived at the church too late to stop the ceremony but she tried to interfere anyway. Her Darcy & Fitzwilliam relatives formed a united front against her plots & she was sent back to Rosing following a blistering rebuke from her brother.
The Darcy family returned to Netherfield in preparation for the ball & attended dinner at the Bennet household where initially only Lydia recognized her missing sister. All the others decried the possibility. Mr Collins was his usual unctuous self, impressing no one. Eventually, it became apparent that the new Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy was the woman formerly known as Lizzy Bennet. She had legally changed her name to the one given to her by her new family just prior to the wedding. The Hursts, a nicer version, were also residing at Netherfield by this point in the story. Aware of Wickham's presence in Meryton. Darcy has Col. Fitzwilliam bring a small dagger & leg sheath, that had belonged to Georgiana, to give to Beth & to teach her how to use it. Miss Bingley who had been addressing Beth with an increased degree of rudeness was reprimanded by Lady Anne. Threats of ruination were made to Mr Bennet to ensure his family's silence about connection between the two families. At the ball Lord Matlock had an enjoyable time bringing Mr Collins into line (a very amusing scene). During the celebrations a jealous & unstable Caroline Bingley dragged Beth into the deserted library where she verbally & physically assaulted her. Viscount Lockhart (the eldest Fiztwilliam son) hid behind the drapes, witnessed the attack & then accosted the semi-conscious Mrs Darcy, though he was unaware of her married state; he had planned a compromise/seduction. He was subsequently punished for his foul deeds & licentious behaviour. Caroline was severely upbraided, married to a tradesman & shipped off to America. Wickham kidnapped Beth & held her captive for a brief traumatic time until they were found. Matters were finally resolved, including the Bingley wedding. In a detailed Epilogue the future lives of the key characters were explained.
What was totally unbelievable was the lack of deep emotions that Darcy and the Colonel had over Georgiana's murder. I can believe Darcy would have done nothing without proof. He is always so very weak about Wickham.
I can't believe though that the Colonel wouldn't have spent the rest of his life tracking down Wickham and after finding him enacting a much deserved revenge. In fact, I think that would have have made a much more interesting subplot than the Wickham story we got. I'm sure he would have resigned his commission to do what his viewpoint of honor called him to do.
So all in all I found the emotional level in the story set way to low. The author has done much better.
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