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- Publication Date: April 13, 2017
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- Language: English
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Darcy's Honor: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Kindle Edition
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The honor of first place on my hit list goes to Lord Henry, a Viscount who starts making his moves on Elizabeth Bennet starting right after her argumentative dance with Mr. Darcy at the Netherfield ball. Elizabeth does her best to deflect Lord Henry's overtures, which includes a marriage proposal, but he orchestrates an apparent compromise of her virtue at a ball held at Lucas Lodge celebrating Charlotte's engagement to Mr. Collins.
Next in line on the list would be the rest of Elizabeth's exasperating family with the exception of Jane. All the other Bennet sisters and Mrs. Bennet believe that Elizabeth encouraged the Viscount's compromise. Lydia and Kitty think it's a great joke, Mary expounds judgmental strictures, and Mrs. Bennet is alternately insisting that Elizabeth marry Lord Henry and calling for her smelling salts. Even Mr. Bennet, who believes her when she explains the truth of the matter and does not demand that she marry the Viscount, does nothing more than that. He blandly assumes the gossip will blow over. That's because he's so entrenched in his study he doesn't recognize that his wife and daughters are being snubbed by all of their neighbors (who also make it onto my list).
It makes for an angst-y read during the first part of the book. Elizabeth sticks to her guns, though, proclaiming her innocence to anyone who will listen and doing her best to avoid the Viscount. He regularly calls at Longbourn to press his suit and seeks her out elsewhere, telling her that eventually he will wear down her resistance and she will agree to marry him.
Mr. Darcy has gone with Mr. Bingley to London after the Netherfield ball, as in canon, and he cannot get Elizabeth out of his mind. When the gossip about her and the Viscount reaches him (courtesy of a snide Caroline, of course), he quickly heads to Hertfordshire to her rescue. He is certain she will accept his offer of marriage to save herself from Lord Henry. Elizabeth is amazed that Mr. Darcy is one of only three people who believe in her innocence; she expected him to side with a titled gentleman's version of events over hers. His marriage proposal, predictably, leaves a bit to be desired. Regardless of that, though, Elizabeth is determined not to marry anyone unless she can clear her reputation.
Events shift from Hertfordshire to London, and Elizabeth continues to face hardships. Mrs. Haskell, running a boarding house, proves to be another villainess I added to my list.
Darcy is a patient, loving, knight-on-a-white horse throughout the book. He rescues Elizabeth more than once (though she also manages one quick-witted rescue of herself, and she rescues him from a compromise set-up, too).
I'm not crazy about the fact that Elizabeth stays in a house that Darcy owns, but I recognize that, by that time, she's boxed in so completely that she really has no choice.
**END OF SPOILER**
The second half of the book is more upbeat, with plenty of Darcy-and-Elizabeth time and the two falling in love.
There's still the problem of Elizabeth's ruined reputation to be resolved. The pivotal scene is a doozy, featuring Lord Pippinworth (a noted moral authority) and an unexpected ally.
The plot is wonderful, the writing flows nicely, the characters are well drawn (even when you feel like punching them!), and the romance is clean and sweet.
Reputation is what others know about you, or believe they know.”
He cleared his throat. “The people of Meryton think they know what happened between
you and Lord Henry. Thus, your reputation has suffered. But you know you did nothing
wrong; your honor has not been compromised.”
Elizabeth Bennet has been compromised!
The unscrupulous Lord Henry has maneuvered her into an empty room,
torn her gown and been caught kissing her. Elizabeth’s protests of innocence
are unheard except by her Father and her sister Jane. Her Mother and younger sisters jump to judge and gossip.
The Bingley shrew can’t wait to share the gossip – and Darcy is determined to come to Miss Elizabeth’s aid.
Quote from the book: “A man who sought only to take advantage of her virtue would flatter her to the heavens
rather than criticize her family. How odd that Mr. Darcy’s lack of tact revealed his sincerity. It must be love.”
Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one. ~Chinese Proverb
Mr. Collins visits with his pamphlets of instructions for Fallen Women:
Quote from the book: “Sir, it is very good of you to be concerned with the state of my soul.
But as a man of the cloth, do you think you should be exposing yourself to such powerful depravity?
Particularly without a wooden stake and holy water at hand?” Lydia and Kitty giggled more loudly
while Mrs. Bennet looked confused, and Mary rolled her eyes. Mr. Collins, on the other hand, nodded earnestly.
“I did not believe such measures were necessary, although I do have several cloves of garlic in my satchel.”
Elizabeth Bennet leaves for London and anonymity.
Quote from the book: “Elizabeth glanced about to see if anyone else was in the room. Nobody on her right,
but she turned her head to the left. A young woman, tall and blonde, was doing embroidery in the chair by her bedside.
Elizabeth was reassured. In the novels, kidnappers never embroidered.”
An unlikely (very unlikely) heroine clears the way to HEA.
A pure hand needs no glove to cover it. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
By the time Darcy realizes his beloved is in "dire straits," he figures he would come in as her knight and offer her marriage? Maybe a forced marriage scenario of sorts? Not quite. Elizabeth, in her neverending quest to be noble, refuses him. Not that Darcy helped matters since he still criticized her family during the proposal. Regardless, she doesn't want to taint him by association.
And so goes the story, him begging her, her refusing. Like a million times. Had I been Darcy, I'd have given up. It got kind of annoying after a while. Don't get me wrong, I understood her completely, but Darcy's ego went through the wringer in this story.
And yet, I loved how persistent he was. He was also my source of humor with the thoughts that would go through his head. There was also a scene in which he may have over indulged on spirits that was entertaining.
The other pleasant surprise was Lady Catherine. Just when you think she's about to give us her infamous speech and blah blah blah about Lizzy being unsuitable....she actually gives her full support to Lizzy...wha?! I'm skipping a lot of the story here to not spoil so much. But Lady Catherine is a good guy in this tale. Go figure. Her cameo was well worth the read.
Entertaining story as always from this author. Lizzy was frustrating in her obstinacy but Darcy more than made up for it.
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