I'm thrilled to welcome a new author on Mrs. Darcy's Story Site.
Allow me to present to you, Ellen G, authoress of a story that immediately captured me because of its original premise, it's lovely writing style and the wonderful Regency feel it has to it: "The Worst that Could Happen"
Prepare yourself for some angst though!
Chapter 1 is up, the others coming soon! So, rush over to her page!
Hi Rich, welcome at Mrs. Darcy's. As a matter of fact I had to think of S&S as well, but the owner of whom the Dashwood women rented the cottage were much more sympathetic than the scheming Lady Catherine, right?
I have to comment on Rich's post, which I found very interesting.
Any resemblance to S&S is purely coincidental (which is to say, it did not consciously enter my mind when I conceived the story!). I'm not a huge S&S fan and have only read it once or twice, several years ago.
The important thing to me, as Renee pointed out, was that Lady C was behind the whole exercise of the entail, so she could be in full control of the Bennets' situation.
As I was writing, I was unable to find online a suitable description of a tenant's cottage on an estate. So in my mind, the house that the Bennets are living in is a mean, bare-bones tenant's hovel, rather than a cozy little house with four bedrooms, a sitting room, and two garrets, as the Dashwoods' home is described.
Indeed, Ellen, the only similarity with S&S concerns the fact that the Bennet women have to move and that they don't have any choice in the matter. It was a fact of life at the time that widows (and their female offspring) of a deceased estate owner were at the mercy (or not) of the male heirs. Estates often were entailed in the male line, Longbourn wasn't exceptional.
I'm preparing the next, as I type this message!
It's lovely to have you here.
Ellen! It's so lovely to see your story here. I wanted to welcome you to Renee's site (if I may, Renee) as I had been following your story elsewhere, but it's so nice you have your own lovely looking story page! Looking forward to your posts!
I wanted to welcome you to Renee's site (if I may, Renee)
By all means, dear Tracey! I understand Julie has come across Ellen's story through you, and I did through Julie, and I'm very happy that now many more fanfiction fans will have the oppotunity to enjoy it through my site.
Ellen, if these two ladies recommend a story, I know it's good and immediately start reading it myself. I have a great trust in their taste and judgement.
Dear Renee and Dear Ellen !
I find this story catching... though I am having bad premonitions... If there is to be a happy ending after all for E & D, they won't have it easily...:-)
But Ellen's style is really enthralling.....
Cant' wait for the next chapter and I am very very pleased with the frequency of her writings...
This is a great storyline, Ellen! So glad you're sharing your E & D with us. It's always intriguing to read Darcy's POV and this one seems particularly passionate in his affections. I'm very excited!
Unfortunately the link to chapter 3 isn't working for me. All that will come up is chapters 1 & 2.... Anybody else experiencing the same thing?
Oh! I got chapter 3 to open for me but now I'm having a big helping of angst! Darcy has made a grave error but what that error is we do not know and we are left to speculate who could have seen his contact with Elizabeth! Just when things started to look up, too!
Are all good authors trained in the art of cliffhanger chapter endings? It is most trying to a reader's constitution! LOL
Please don't leave us hanging here long. I've been spoiled with your lovely frequent posts....
Wow I am loving this, Ellen G! Please please keep posting... chapter 3 has left me hanging, and though I think I know what the bad news in store for Darcy is I don't want to keep wondering lol! :D Thanks for sharing your talent.
WHOA!!! Lady Catherine's behavior is beyond the pale! But she keeps topping herself for insensitivity and selfishness. I fear what she will come up with next! Elizabeth had best lie very, very low or she is likely to incur more of Lady C's wrath. Darcy's declaration that he is promised to another is certain to rouse both Catherine's curiosity and animosity Poor Lizzy...nowhere to escape to, now.
GASP!!! Oh man!!! The dragon is on the doorstep! Let's hope Lizzy keeps her wits about her and lets not a whiff of the potential scandal be breathed. If only Mrs. Bennet will keep her mouth closed...And Darcy, riding like a mad man to work some damage control. I LOVE that man!
Please post some more of this story before beginning the swaping thing! You owe this to us!After all, we have been enduring Tanya's and Andy's and whonot's even YOUR holidays from the writing thing long enough so as to be famishing!
Oh Ellen....poor Lizzy believing Darcy is pledged to another when she had finally begun to hope that perhaps he still held her in regard. Little does she know the great effort he has made to spare her family further shame and to retain a chance at winning the love of his precious Elizabeth. 'sigh'
Thanks very much for being so prompt in your postings. So much work to benefit us! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Well...the cat is out of the bag and Elizabeth knows of Darcy's presence at the wedding. Will Bingley let more information slip? How long will it take until Darcy returns? How much trouble is he actually in with Aunt Catherine and does he care? Should Elizabeth care?
Can't wait for your next chapter, Ellen!
Thanks Renee for being so quick to post after your return from beautiful France.
I was more than a little surprised that the recognizable voice was Bingley's and not Darcy's. Hmmm....and why is Bingley looking for Lizzy instead of up at the cottage staring into Jane's eyes?? Can't wait for your next post!
Squeeeeeee!!! Bingley is back and Jane's heart looks to being healed very soon!
What will Aunt Gardiner's letter reveal? And Lizzy must pay attention to Mr. Bingley's words! If Caroline was put out after her visit from Mr. Darcy it is hardly likely that he asked her to marry him. Think, Lizzy, think!!
i really love the story!! if it's possible could Lisa email me when the next chapter is posted. i don't really understand this site thing and the only way i can write a message is as a reply.. thankyou.
I suppose you mean yours truly, Kristin, not Lisa.
I'm sorry to tell you though that I cannot e-mail individual visitors about story updates, but you could subscribe to the mailinglist (see form on top of this page) or check the 'what's new' page on which story updates and other news items are announced.
Ellen! So pleased to see your latest chapter. I think I'd missed it. I very much enjoyed Bingley and Elizabeth's discussion. While much is explained, Lizzy is still confused. That leaves us with a nice reunion soon where she'll be surprised, right? ;)
I liked the reference to Emma although not in the context it was given! I also enjoyed Bingley's comment about who could stay angry with Darcy! Tee hee... not many of us here.