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Thrown into the hedgerows how do the sisters manage?...read of Kitty's situation
November 12, 2016
This short novella is mild and basically angst free if you can take the description of Kitty's injury and the operation to save her life.
The five Bennet sisters have been "thrown" out of Longbourn upon the death of their father during Jane's reading of the invitation to visit the Bingley sisters at Netherfield after the Assembly. Jane and Elizabeth become governesses. Mary marries a captain while Lydia marries into Poldark family (yes, that Cornwall family). Kitty, while in school, becomes friends with a Mary Cecil, a member of the ton and later becomes a governess for one Cecil family.
While out observing the building of Guy Fawkes bonfire pyres Kitty's charge, Margaret, is grabbed from her side...probably to be ransomed. Kitty chases and flings herself on the man's back. He releases Margaret who is yelled at by Kitty to "run'. Kitty is then savagely beaten and only barely saved from death as General Richard Fitzwilliam, also walking in the park, shots the assailant dead.
What follows is Kitty's being taken home and receiving a basically experimental operation to save her brain from further damage which would make her a vegetable, if she lived. Richard, having witnessed her bravery, sits either by her side or by her door, as she regains consciousness and recovers. The two take little time to fall in love and to admit to such. Lydia and her husband as well as Mrs. Bennet also show up and care for Kitty.
Kitty's recovery, her relationship with Richard and then her introduction to his family meet with general acceptance and with the backing of two powerful families her acceptance into society is guaranteed. Several sources look to provide a dowry. Soon enough the other Bennet sisters are being re-introduced to the two gentlemen they met only briefly at the assembly. Mr. Darcy is told he is forgiven his "tolerable" statement and can't figure out what that is all about.
This story was short, sweet and very predictable.