The cat's partially out of the bag,but where, oh where is Darcy? Hurry Malena with the next chapter.
YAY! You posted a new chapter!
I love the suspense. I can't wait to go to Kent.
Thank you thank you thank you I was so afraid that your muse might have skipped town on the Parson. Not that I won't enjoy the new story as well!
I can't help wondering where our dear Darcy is? Did he and Fitzwilliam meet on the path? Or is his arrival in Kent what caused them to go looking and find Collins?
I am happy that Mr Bennet will accompany Lizzy and Jane but why not Mary too.
Please don't make us wait so long to hear what Mr Darcy thinks of all this.
PS Did I say how much I love your writting and stories? Well I do.
"Should you find it impossible to spare your amiable daughters to nurse me back to health, be so kind as to send someone else in their stead."
Wow, the "real" William Collins certainly does sound eager to get his hands on a woman "to nurse" him "back to health." Heh,heh, heh.
I was glad to see that Mr. Bennet figured it out and knew that the Collins who wrote to them could not possibly be the same man who had just spent weeks in their home. Now, of course, the question is, where is the "other" Collins? What greeted him when he arrived in Kent to find not his esteemed patroness but his aunt, probably steamed?
And what will happen to Lizzy when she arrives with Mary and Lydia in tow? Dear Authoress, you're killing us here--please post and put us out of our misery.
I love the turn of events! The family & the cows missing William was very sweet. I hope that Darcy will write soon. Keep up the good work, Malena!
Just a fabulous story! However, if LADY CAT has found a way to marry Darcy to Anne . . . GAH!
On the edge of my seat. Please provide us the relief of knowing what is what soon.
Chapter 24 has just been posted. Enjoy!
"The attentive reader must remember she was a woman of mean understanding and little information. "...
Sorry, I meant chapter 14, of course!
"He might just as well have been a rich one!"
Oh if she only knew!!!
Okay...now you've got me wondering, does that 'dead right' allude to Mrs. Bennet doing what she threatened, or is it that Darcy is rich? I must say that I cannot wait to read more... Thanks!
Mrs. B's histrionics were so amusing...love her! I look forward to the trip to Kent. Will Darcy be there and will he know who he is? I can't wait to find out more. Thanks for the fun chapter.
Mrs. Bennet, what a hoot! But where is (Darcy), eh William?
My nerves are all aflutter. What will Mr. Bennet and Lizzy find in Kent? Does Mr. Collins--the real Mr. Collins--have any idea what happened while he was out of it? He would probably be thrilled to know what illustrious personage had momentarily taken over his identity.
And speaking of said personage, where is he? Could Lady Catherine have possibly have figured out the mistaken identity switch and have locked away her nephew? Is a certain handsome "parson" wondering why his "employer" suddenly seems hot for him to marry her daughter Anne? Please don't let that happen unless you mean to follow it up with a quick FCA. Please FTN!!!
No E & D at Rosings. *sigh* Nevertheless, great chapter. One of the craziest, most annoying, callous Mrs. Bennets ever -- and that is saying something.
Thank you all. I am trying to make Mrs Bennet as delightfully silly as Miss Austen's character was. But sometimes I may over do it.She has every mother's job. Marry their daughters, and marry them as well as possibly
I'm working on some little variations on the next chapter. But a dear friend of mine is moving away to start a new life in the country and I am busy with a farewel party for her and her dear Husband. Once they are gone(in about a week unfortunately) I shall be able to give the chapter the last touch and post it. Meantime, you will have ANS to enjoy.
This is really fun. I can't wait to hear what happens next.
Chapter 15 is up, my dears. Enjoy!
Love Mrs Bennet scheming for the higher rank husband. And Lady C's haughty works of matchmacking. Hope we find out where is William with Col. Fitz's coming. Fun story!!!!!
So, what has happened to Darcy? Was he not on his way to Kent, thinking, of course, that he was the toad, eh, I mean, the Parson Collins?
But instead the Bennets find the real Parson, but he doesn't seem to know about the mistaken identity. Nor does the Lady Cat. But both are pushing a match with a Bennet girl--doesn't really matter which one, lucky them.
"Regardless of what their feelings might be, both of them knew that one of them would be obligated, by honour, by pressure, by self sacrifice, to marry the disagreeable cousin, unless a better suitor happened on them just in time to rescue them from the unwanted union. But chances were that no such man would ever appear."
Ah, but the Colonel is on his way to the parsonage. I wonder if he has gotten over his hang-up about marrying a poor woman?
I am totally in the dark here and dying to know what's happening? The last chapter raised more questions than it answered, lol. But, of course, I loved it!!
What was Mr. B thinking leaving his two daughters there with his wife. He should have known better.
Where's the Darce. Will he be coming w/Col Fitz. I hope he shows up soon. I can't wait for him to regain his memory of him and Elizabeth in the river. That will be quite an awakening.
This chapter was so short. Please post again soon Malena.
I can't believe Mr B would abandon his daughters to the care of their mother. I really dislike this man.
The Col has come without Darcy? Where has William/Darcy got off too? How cruel to leave us here. I can see Mrs B tell Collins Jane is soon to be engaged and heat put on poor Lizzy. Where is she to go, no father to step in.
More please soon.
Is Mr. Bennet mad? Leaving Lizzy and Jane to the tender mercies of their mother AND the Collins-Catherine duo. And you know how Jane says yes to anything.
Even with the Colonel riding up, I fear--no good can come of this. Cue ominous music.
. . .and where is Darcy?
Lacy is so right...nothing good can come of this!
I can't wait for the colonel to shed some light on the diappearance of William.
Marlena I hope all is well?
Will we be getting another chapter soon?
Yes, thanks for asking. My lovely beta celebrates Jewish passover so she will be kind of busy for at least a week with family and friends. So I guess I will be able to update in a week.
Chapter 16 is up, my dears. Enjoy!
Oh No, The Colonel gave Darcy/William a bad rap again.I feel a Hunsford coming.
Not to sound like a broken record--but where is Darcy?
Wasn't he heading to Rosings? We expected he would have arrived prior to the Bennets. Has he yet learned who he really is, namely, not William Collins the parson but Fitzwilliam Darcy, Master of Pemberley--and the hoped for husband of Lady Catherine's daughter.
And why hasn't the Colonel figured out anything yet? All the pieces are before him. I am perplexed and of course, intrigued beyond all measure to see the mystery solved. Will it be a simple answer like Darcy got delayed on the road or something? And his cousin is a bit dense and just doesn't get it? It looks as if you are generally following canon at this point, so if that is true, you are only one third of the way through this story.
Well, I'm enjoying it so more is better. Thanks until your next post!
We still don't know anything about William
I'm glad Collins didn't push for a marriage because spineless Mr B hit the road and Mrs B would bave pushed it.
So it is apparant that the Col still doesn't know what happen to Darcy? Why hasn't he showed up at Rosings yet? Please end my suffering and post again soon.
I imagine the Colonel exaggerated quite a bit regarding Darcy’s part in separating Jane & Bingley since Darcy stayed with the Bennets and not Bingley during his visit. And now with the Colonels big mouth, Elizabeth has a horrible opinion of Darcy! I’m assuming that Darcy has now regained his memory, so please get him to Hertfordshire or Elizabeth to Derbyshire before any marriage proposals are offered!
Come Back Soon!
Here it is, my dears, chapter 17. Enjoy!
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Malena, among the many joys of your post today: "Yet, I daresay there is no greater lie than the blunt truth."
I think we can expect that Wickham for all his apparent charm and forthrightness, has the mother of all con games up his sleeve? Right next to the snake oil he always keeps on hand there, of course,
Clever plot twist--I doubt anyone saw that coming--and it is brilliant. And even if Wickham uses this as a way to convert himself into a truly honest man instead of as a way of sticking it to Darcy in some exceptionally fiendish manner--well, either way, you are brilliant.
I am all befuddled.
Good Lord, what is Wickham up to? I hope if it is decieving that he stumbles over himself.
Did the Colonel get a chance to talk to Darce before he went to Kent?
Is Georgie with the Colonel's family still?
When is Darce and Lizzy going to meet up again? Soon I hope.
Please don't let the Bennet ladies get stuck with the toad.
I want more!, More!, MORE!
Wow! Wickham is really slick! I was falling for his story even though I know his past
This is making me apprehensive! Poor Darcy! So many things are going on that he is unfortunately unaware of.
Wow! I didn't expect that!! Excellent!!!
I love this new twist on Wickham's role. Nicely done!
Thank you, my darling friends. I have great expectations on Wickham's intervention. I wonder where the muse will take me now. I have the last chapters finished but the ones in the middle are at the mercy of those twisted fairies of inspiration.
As to you , yes you, cowgirl... you must know that any typos in my writing will be worth reading as long that their existence had allowed you the time for grabbing your muse by the toes and finish up that wedding night once and for all. Expectation is killing me
Thank you for another mind-befuddling chapter, Malena. Not only am I perplexed about Wickham's true intentions, but worried silly that he will hurt Darcy somehow on the way to Pemberley. Furthermore, if he truly wanted to help, why not take Darcy back to London which is infinitely closer to Meryton? Now I have a splitting headache (but still can't wait for the next chapter).
I love this story. It has the charm of Tristram Shandy, Don Quixote and The Prince and the Pauper all rolled into one. Since it's a comedy, not a tragedy, I know all will be well -- and Wickham even might be rehabilitated!
Carry on! I await your next chapter with eager anticipation.
Enjoy chapter 18 of this amazingly clever, well-written and fascinating story.
Oh no, nothing at Pemberly has triggerd William's memory and that rascal Wickham has too much control over him. Please send someone to the rescue.
I just hope Wickham doesn't tell Darce that he is engaged to his cousin Anne. Darce would believe him and probably want to get married to her out of propiety and family honor. Ugh!
I still can't believe Wickham is good. Why doesn't Darce go to his study and look at previously written letters. It would give him some clue of where he stood with his family at least. I guess if you had amnesia that might not be something you would think about.
I'm very glad he wrote that letter to Lizzy. It was very endearing.
You are a tricky one I thought maybe with Wicky confession to Darcy that maybe he want to start a new.
But it is clear he has a new plot and keep Darcy away from his family is key. However Christmas is growing near Miss Darcy will return what will happen then. Or see as she is in Ramsgate did that not happen.
Oh I've got to go back and read the beginnin I thougt that is what kept Darcy from traveling with Bingley.
Great story I look forward to more.
I don't trust Wickham and it seems neither does anyone except Darcy. I can't wait to see how you fix that! Loved Dsrcy reverting to his Longbourne behavior and feeding the animals. Thanks for the very sweet chapter!
I too wonder what Wickham is up to. Its a good thing Darcy is to good at heart to not follow what he believes is right. But why wait so long to go back for elizabeth? Is he waiting to regain his memory?
Chapter 19 is up, my dears. Enjoy Mr Darcy's humanity and Mrs Gardiner's wisdoms on the male species.
Cara Malena, you're just so amazing.