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- Print Length: 264 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 173092428X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 14, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07JQLHF21
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Drawing Mr. Darcy: Sketching His Character (Book One) Kindle Edition
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In this story, Elizabeth Bennet joins them in being adopted into a different family.
Mr. Bennet’s Aunt and Uncle Russell have been financially helpful to Mr. Bennet in the past when Longbourn was in dire straits. This loving older couple is childless and has always felt that loss. They offer to take one of the Bennet daughters into their home. The Bennets don’t want to give up a child but they understand the other couple’s needs and the obligation they have.
So, if they allow one child to go to the Russells, which child should it be?
Not shy Jane – she would be lost to leave home at twelve. The youngest girls are very young – much too young. That leaves the bold second daughter – the one with the questions and activity that upsets her Mother and enchants her Father. Ten-year-old Elizabeth will move to Weymouth House in Derbyshire.
Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. ~ G.K. Chesterton
When she walks into the entry hall of her new home, Elizabeth is fascinated with the painting on the ceiling. Her Great-Aunt begins drawing and painting lessons.
Elizabeth’s sisters are not left out. The Russells add to their meagre dowries and send a governess to Longbourn to see to their education. The entire family changes.
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. ~ Oscar Wilde
At twenty, Elizabeth returns to visit the Bennets after an absence of more than ten years. Her parents ask her to use the name “Bennet” rather than “Russell” during her several months at Longbourn.
Netherfield Park is let at last! The Bennet family meets Darcy, the Bingleys and the Hursts at the Meryton Assembly.
Elizabeth is insulted by Darcy but is also curious about him. She begins sketching – his haughty face at the Assembly; his surprised and lustful face when he met her during a walk; his smiling face when they debated at Netherfield. Her sketches tell their story.
Miss Bingley is her usual shrewish self. Mrs. Hurst is at her very worst. Mr. Hurst is a bit of a spy. Mr. Bingley has a bit of a backbone. Then … “not-yet-a-Colonel” Fitzwilliam arrives.
This is a strong, confident Elizabeth. Loved her as a ten-year-old! As an adult, she knows who she is and she takes nothing from the Superior Sisters. Loved her when she confronted Mrs. Hurst! Loved her even more when she met with Miss Bingley!
The book is clean, well-written and proofread. It is the first of a two-part story and ends at a good point for Elizabeth but many questions are unanswered. Happily, the second part will be published very soon. I have put in my pre-order already.
Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. ~ Al Hirschfeld
In Jane Austen's Emma, Frank Churchill is sent to live with a childless aunt and uncle when his mother dies. Elizabeth Bennet's situation is similar in this story. While her parents and siblings are living, a childless aunt and uncle ask for a Bennet daughter to come live with them. After their generosity to the Bennets during hard times, how can they say no? In the end, it's the best thing they could have done. Elizabeth blossoms under their attention and love, and their wealth helps her to become a well-educated and clever young woman.
Now when Darcy meets her, she is not just the second of five daughters of an insignificant country squire, she is also the beloved niece of a wealthy and influential couple with ties to Darcy's own family. But they've never met in person, so he has no reason to connect Elizabeth Bennet with Miss Russell, his sister's dear friend.
There is so much to love in this book. The Russells, our main new characters, are delightful. Mrs. Russell is almost like an adult version of Elizabeth and hasn't lost her sense of fun and adventure. It's wonderful to see Elizabeth grow up with "parents" who adore her and encourage her inquisitiveness and sense of wonder. I almost feel sad that canon Elizabeth didn't have such opportunities. I enjoyed watching Elizabeth attempt to fit back in with her family after so many years away and how her presence alters the family dynamics. And her blossoming relationship with Darcy is just perfect, full of banter, misunderstandings, and courtesy. Unlike some stories where the characters are full of spit and fire but we never see them being kind or generous, both of these characters are imperfect but good people that you will love to root for.
It's really fun to see how Bingley's sisters react to Elizabeth and how little they really know. And "Colonel" Fitzwilliam makes an appearance--you will never guess why! He is so much fun to see together with Darcy. All of the supporting characters really shine in their roles in this story, whether good or bad.
The witty dialogue and the little twists and turns this story takes are so much fun to read! The author ends in the perfect spot... our romantic plotline has been resolved enough that it's not a cliffhanger, but you'll find it hard to wait for the second book just to find out what happens next!