Hello readers! I am so excited to welcome back the lovely Lory Lilian to Austenesque Reviews today. How many books have I read and loved by Lory Lilian, you ask? So. Many. See photo below. I am so glad that Lory is here to celebrate another new release! A new release for which I share some blame in apparently! Oh no!
Six years after my first visit here, I am very happy to be back with my latest book, for which Meredith is partially guilty. To be completely accurate, she shares the “blame” with Claudine–LOL–as they were the ones who introduced into my mind the idea that Elizabeth and Darcy in my books are a little “too perfect” and more angst would be welcome. Well, here it is.
I am not sure if you remember, but in my last guest post at Austenesque Reviews, I asked readers’ opinions about why we love Darcy so much and why we feel so strongly about him.
On that occasion, I shared with you that my latest Darcy (this one) will retain some important (and rather unpleasant) traits from the original, just as he described them in his own words. He has a resentful temper. His good opinion once lost, is lost (almost) forever. He has faults enough, but also many admirable qualities. And most of all, he is very much in love with Elizabeth.
As I expected, people feel very deeply about Darcy. My “Rainy Days” Darcy especially seems to be everyone’s favorite. LOL! I confess I am pleased to see that my books get such strong reactions from my dear readers. On the other hand, I cannot but ask myself: Since we know so little about Darcy’s turmoil during “Pride and Prejudice,” which “kind” of Darcy is the true one? What is your favorite in JAFF stories: the one who easily admits his feelings and acts according to them earlier or the one who struggles with them, fights against them, and shows his bad temper and resentment before finally reaching his well-deserved happiness with Elizabeth?
Here is an excerpt from “A Man with Faults” to illustrate my point. Maybe it will help you decide your preference LOL.
That morning had every sign of being an ordinary one. It arrived like many others, with nothing but more torment for Darcy’s tired mind.
However, unlike other mornings, he suddenly decided to behave differently. He determined that he would put an end to the useless torment of the last months and regain control over his life. The moment had arrived. He had been ridiculous for too long. He could not allow himself to go on in the same manner.
He had to pay adequate attention to his responsibilities. Too many people depended on him and too many expectations were demanded of him to afford such a failure.
Darcy moved to the library early. He instructed his servants that he not be disturbed until he rang for them. He also wrote a short note to Georgiana, informing her he would be busy the entire day, so she should not worry about his absence.
He opened the curtains, then the window. It was a pleasant, though still cloudy, morning. The air smelled of freshness.
Darcy spread the pile of papers on his desk. His solicitor had sent him several letters, which he never took the trouble of answering. Also, his uncle the earl had written him twice on both business and family matters, and he had offered no response. He had neglected everyone but would do so no more.
There was no room left for Elizabeth Bennet in his thoughts.
His disappointment in her was now complete: she responded to his love with disdain, to his passion with derision, and to his commitment with a reckless elopement with Wickham. Where was she now? Were they wedded? Would she accept staying with that man without marriage? And where would she live? What income would they have? Where would Wickham take her?
He furiously pulled the curtains closed again, pacing the room in darkness.
How could he be so weak in keeping his own resolution? How could it happen that, in less than a minute, he started thinking of her again? Would he ever be able to get past this? Beyond her? His life would be miserable as long as he was haunted by this obsession but—silly Elizabeth—hers would be the same by the side of one of the least honourable men. Wickham—the man she chose over him.
If only he could rip her out of his heart too, he would perhaps be peaceful and tranquil.
When the door to his library opened, he only shouted: “leave!” But his valet Watts approached him bravely.
“Sir, I apologise for the intrusion. I know your orders, but I could not ignore the matter. A young lady is calling on you. She claims it is a most urgent situation; Mrs. Gilbert was uncertain of how to proceed, and I took the liberty of informing you.”
Darcy glanced at his valet with an incredulous expression mixed with curiosity.
“Besides my sister and my cousin, I can hardly imagine any other young lady needing my advice on an urgent matter. This is quite peculiar. Is the young woman still here?”
“Yes, sir. She is waiting in the main hall.”
“Very well, go fetch her, and we will see what she wants.”
The servant had almost exited the room when Darcy called to him.
“Watts, do you happen to know her name?”
“Yes sir. Miss Bennet. Miss Elizabeth Bennet.”
Darcy’s shoulders crushed under the weight of the news.
Ps. Dear readers, do not worry. Of course Elizabeth did not elope with Wickham.
Whew! But I am dying to know what happens next!!! Poor Lizzy, what is happening to her?!? She must be desperate to come to Mr. Darcy! Gahhhh!
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