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When Fitzwilliam Darcy returned from Hertfordshire, he did so with every intention of leaving the memory of the lovely and beguiling Miss Elizabeth Bennet behind. Yet, he was unable to do so, even though, as one of London's most eligible bachelors, the ladies of his circle were certainly willing to help him recover: Miss Bingley, sister of his best friend, Mr. Charles Bingley; the beautiful, popular, and charming Miss Chesterton; and the singular and enormously wealthy Miss Hartsbury, are all willing to claim his heart for their own. But until Darcy encounters Miss Bennet by chance in Kent, his heart still remains his own.
This lovingly crafted companion to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice will give her fans a feeling of homecoming, and a chance to see this beloved story from a new perspective, all the while immersed in the endearing world of Regency England Austen so masterfully created. Darcy's Tale was written first for the readers who were enchanted by the original and wanted the chance to return, to learn more about one of the most popular characters in English literature. But it is also for those new to the Pride & Prejudice saga: Darcy was a wealthy, well-intentioned, intelligent, and educated man; how on Earth did he become so thoroughly tangled by his acquaintance with Miss Elizabeth Bennet? She, too, is among that rarefied firmament of favourite English characters: her pert manners, quick wit, and quiet beauty made her a strong, independent figure of a woman who was over a hundred years ahead of her time. The clash of their personalities and the nearly constant misunderstanding between them, founded on an unfortunate first impression, has delighted readers for two hundred years.
This, then, is a new view of their first year as seen through Darcy's eyes, and written by a man who insisted both that Darcy should be true to Austen's vision of him, and that he should be a man throughout: wrong, perhaps at times, but always prepared to stand up and do what he saw as necessary and right, especially when he found himself to be in the wrong.
Darcy's Tale is written in the richly textured style of Regency English, and even the most demanding Austen fan will find little here to cavil with--but they will certainly find many new thoughts, perceptions, and interpretations to revel in.
Volume 1 takes Darcy to Hertfordshire and the beginnings of his relationship with Elizabeth. In Volume 2: Into Kent, the two meet again at Rosings, the estate of Darcy's Aunt Catherine. In Volume 3: The Way Home, Darcy's many trials and labours are concluded, and he finds his true place in life, at last.
Well, the second volume is here. I've been doing little else since the beginning of October, and I am satisfied, I guess; until now my writing has not been published: no one paid me to do a book on a given topic - I would just set off on my own to write what pleased me, so whatever I came up with was acceptable. But now there are thousands of people who have read and judged my first book, and I cannot but hear their voices as I release the second. I suppose that is inherent to being a writer, but it is new to me, and I'd hate to disappoint.
As before, I have tried to avoid anything that would quarrel with the original, and those seeking the normal course of fanfic fare will be disappointed: Darcy does not transform into anything other than a better man, and the story line given us by Austen remains inviolate. As for Darcy, he feels right, I think: having gotten him from Netherfield to Kent and back to London, I like the journey. Spots, I know, some will like and some will dislike, and I wish I could iron out those pieces so they would be universally acceptable, but that is not possible; so, I will simply have to push forward.
Thank you to everyone who has read my work, and especially those who have taken the time to offer their comments in reviews.
From the Author
Darcy's Tale Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy met Miss Elizabeth Bennet of Hertfordshire when he had all but given up on finding a wife; yet, while she was undoubtedly the most bewitching lady he had ever met, seemingly insurmountable difficulties stood in the way of a potential marriage with her. Disheartened, he returned to London, where his best friend, Charles Bingley, also had to face some trials of the heart. Darcy's attempts to reclaim his heart were made more troublesome by the fact that he was one of London's most eligible bachelors, and was sure to garner a good deal of attention from the women of his circle. But, until he happens across Miss Bennet again at his aunt's estate in Kent, his affections remain in a state of confusion and disarray. This lovingly crafted companion to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice will give her fans a feeling of home-coming, and a chance to see this beloved story from a new perspective, all the while immersed in the endearing world of Regency England Austen so masterfully created.
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