My dears, Mrs Darcy is thrilled to announce that chapters one and two of Jan H's brand new Regency twist of P&P, The Child, has just been posted on her pages.
Enjoy, and leave Jan some love in this thread.
A new Jan H story! And as marvelous as all the rest! I'm so excited. Jan, I was just talking to someone about you a couple of days ago and saying that you were one of my favorite JAFF authors.
I admit you scared me that Darcy might be married, but now I'm anxious to have him discover the true parentage of young Fan. As always, you do a wonderful job of portraying Darcy's pain.
Jan, first I have to say that I am so thrilled to see a new story from you!
Ah, Darcy! I can see the past 2 years have taught you nothing! To take the word of the likes of Caroline Bingley before knowing the truth. I suspect that the child is Lydia's and she died in childbirth or shortly thereafter.
That Darcy would think Elizabeth would end up with Wickham after everything he told her would be the height of insult to Elizabeth.
This is still a haughty and arrogant Darcy and here Elizabeth is trying to do right for her sister's child. What would Darcy have done if it had been Georgiana's child and he was left to care for it? I mean he just attended her wedding and it seems she made an excellent match!
However, I do wonder what has happened to Wickham and just when will he show up again?!!
Ohhhh...I can't wait to see how this is all going to pan out. But I have no doubt that excellent writer that you are, it will be a truly memorable read. You always have such wonderful plotlines and such excellent stories.
Thanks Jan for another hit!!! I'm hooked and anxious for more!
OMG! I'm already hooked! So happy to see a new posting at Mrs. D and from Jan no less. YAY! Looking forward to the story. Post again soon! Amy Z
Jan, it's wonderful to see a new story from you!! Thank you so much!!!
I love this beginning. It's very intriguing and I can't wait for more. How often will you be posting?
I am so excited to see a new story from Jan! This was a great beginning and the misunderstandings only add to the story.
What everyone has already said; I'm SO thrilled you're writing and posting again! I've loved all your prior writing, and this is already intriguing and unique. Greatly looking forward to more...
Ah, such a great beginning Jan.
Nothing like angst from the start.
Elizabeth was upset because she thought Darcy was recently married, and Darcy because he thinks Elizabeth bore Wickham's babe.
There is going to be some good rapartee here, I can tell.
Excellent, thank you.
As Abigail has stated your writing is some of the best.
Ok, so the first misunderstanding is resolved. Darcy is not married. For a split second I thought that he was but then thought, 'Nooo, Jan wouldn't do that to us.'
Now comes the second misunderstanding. I'm assuming little Fan is Lydia's and she died in childbirth. So when will D and B find out or will it take a while? In the meantime, we will see E&D bickering at each other due to D's misconception of Fan's parentage.
It seems as though D is still arrogant and prejudiced against the Bennets. Has he learn anything during these past 2 yrs? I think not! And Elizabeth, still jumping to conclusions and misjudging.
Jan, it is a great beginning and I am intrigued by this story. Please post often.
Oh my, I didn't realize Renee had already posted these chapters - what a surprise!
Thank you Sandy, Amy, Marina, Lucy, Terry, Teb, and, of course, the lovely Renee. Your encouragement means so much to me. And Abigail, I have to especially thank you for taking the time to leave me a note. As you know, you're the reason I began writing fan fiction way back in 2002. I was so blown away by your stories, and I rejoice with you in your success as a "real" author. I always knew you could do it.
I must also thank my dear betas, Debbie S and Linnea Eileen, who are so good to help me clean up my work.
Marina, if RL allows, I intend to post once a week until this thing is finished.
Love you all!
Jan, wonderful a new story!
Caroline is such a witch, distorting the truth.
Gee, I really thought Darcy had married, glad it was Georgiana.
Little Fan, Lydia and Wickham's child. Where is Wickham? He has to rear his ugly head sometime.
More please, Irene
Fantastic! So glad to see you've begun a new story. How often will you post? YEAH!!!!
Goodness, has it been almost nine years that I discovered the JA fandom after having watched P&P 1995 at last, and wondered there were more fruitcakes such as me who were totally and utterly in love with it? LOL
Anyway, Abigail, you were one of the first I discovered, and later Jan and many others, including authors of modern twists. The addiction was complete...
Love the story already, Jan, and count on a happy ending, will endure the angst you've already had in store for us and certainly will have in the chapters to come, willingly and happily.
Jan Oh you have got me at the begining I sat in fear that it was darcy's wedding. As I continued to read I prayed it was Georgiana's and I was quite relieve to see it was.
Now I suspect that the child is Lydia's who died in childbirth. How long until our Mr Darcy finds that out? How many miss understandings stand in their way until then?
Please post again soon
Wonderful story - I am desperate for more (if only to put poor Darcy out of his misery) please post again soon!
This totally made my day, Jan! Love this story already ! I have always like your first person narrative, and now it's from Darcy's point of view, that's even more to love
I'm also suspecting that Fan is Lydia's child....can't wait to see when the truth is out!
I love your writing and I'm so happy to find your new story.
As other I think that this is Lydia's child.
Don't torment to much our D, but he deserves a bit of torture because he had no confidence in E.
What excellent, excellent news! When Jan H. mentioned she had a new story in the oven I didn't expect to have the change of reading it so soon. And it's also refreshing to find a story from Darcy's p. of v., which is not so very common.
Oh a new story, thank you so much Jan H. It had been so quite for a while around here.
I love the story and hope you will post again very soon.
Thank you, Lili, Irene, MAB, Geri, Sue, Gio, Vesna, Rori, and Pausiniken! Your comments are so helpful to keep me writing - they're like mini-muses.
I'm trying not to be dubbed "Queen of Angst" again with this story, but Darcy does have a long way to go. He thinks he's changed but, like a lot of men, he really doesn't have a clue.
Thank you for giving us another one of your wonderful stories. I can't wait for the next instalment.
What a start you gave me, thinking Darcy was married; nearly gave me a heart attack. But I can relax now and enjoy the rest of the story.
Have any of your stories ever come out in book form? I certainly would buy them.
Darcy does indeed deserves a bit of a rough go for having so little confidence in Elizabeth, and for believing Caroline!
Sounds like Mary is lucky for finding a husband, and a clergyman at that, given the family's circumstances. It will be fun to watch Darcy struggle with himself over such a connection -- maybe he *has* learned something since Huntsford? Will he manage to make it through to an understanding with Elizabeth without completely insulting her again? Or will he realize the truth about the child in conversation with her and then recover before sticking his foot in his mouth? I don't see you letting him off that easy, that would get us to far too quick of a resolution!
I'm curious whether we will discover what Elizabeth is thinking. But the Darcy POV is intriguing and well done.
Thanks Jan for such a delightful way for me to start the week. I can't wait to read what you have in store for your characters (and us). I love your stories, your prose flows well and is always enjoyable, and you are skilled at creating and extending the tension that drives so many good works of JAFF. Looking forward to the next installments...
It is so good to have a new story from you! Thanks!
I enjoyed the beginning of The Child very much and I am looking forward to the rest of the book. And although I am dreading it the return of Wickham.
Thank you Nicole, Beta, Astrid, Maria, and dear Sandy (fortified with drinks and chocolate ) for reading my story and taking the time to comment.
Nicole, you and I agree on dreading Wickham's return. Astrid, you're right about missing out on Elizabeth's thinking when I write from the first person viewpoint. Makes me have to work harder to reveal her thoughts. And no, Maria, none of my stories have been published as books, but thanks for asking.
I'm hooked! But then again, I expected to be. I have been so looking forward to when you would start posting. Very happy to see a new story from one of my favorite authors! I can't wait for more!
I haven't even taken the time to start reading yet (shame on me, I'll try to post a proper review once I've read the chapters) but I wanted to tell Jan how excited I am to see a new story! I've had the page bookmarked for a few years, periodically checking back, and I've got the existing stories copied to my Kindle so I can read them whenever I want!
Chapter three has been posted, my dears. Enjoy!
Holy cow! Bingley's breaking Jane's heart while Darcy is finding out the truth.
Anguish! Anguish from beginning to end! But you know what? I'm inordinately happy that the truth about the child is out already, when I was preparing myself for a long ride of angst for Darcy about it. Not that the man is any merrier, though, but the shock of the disclosure is still too recent.
What drives me crazy is the way they always take the blame! But, hey, they wouldn't be our same beloved characters if they didn't, would they?
Needless to say, I loved the update! (I've been checking the website like a possessed during the last few days, all in anticipation )
Bingley, in my book, is fast becoming a rake! This makes twice he has paid Jane marked attention then leaves. And what's worse is the fact that he feels himself so noble by leaving so his sister can make a good marriage! Fool!! He hasn't figured out that Caroline only wants Darcy so she won't accept anyone else no matter what he does!
If he only knew the lies his sister sent in her letter to Jane and what she did to stop him from having a good marriage....and then the lies she deliberately told to Darcy to make him think it was Elizabeth's baby. And Darcy is stupid enough to believe her! He's an even bigger fool!
Just who is supplying Caroline with her information. She deliberately didn't send word of what was happening to the Bennets, even though she knew, and now she is insinuating all sorts of things about Elizabeth and I'm certain that she knows exactly who the baby's mother is! Witch!!!
And Darcy...to believe Caroline enough to accuse Elizabeth of such behavior! She was right to let him have it when she saw him. Their lives might have been better if he had confessed everything to Bingley but no...he only thought of himself and then ran away and took Bingley with him.
And his behavior...
I totally agree w/Sandy on the Jane/Bingley situation. I think Jane deserves so much more than Bingley. What will he do when he finds out all that Caroline has done and said, will he dis-own her, I surely would. She is evil of the worse kind. First hiding that Jane was in London and then portraying Elizabeth as a fallen woman who brought her own family to such a lowness. She doesn't deserve to be married to any gentlemen that would have her.
And shame on Darcy, it is as if he hasn't learned anything. Now what we he do w/his absense to Elizabeth, please don't tell me he will go and look for Wickham after all this time. You would not dare subject that baby to such a father. Or will he make a false wedding contract between Wickham & Lydia - I think it is a little too late.
I for one do think it was partly Darcy's fault what Wickham did, as a gentleman of standing it was his duty forewarn a town of his debts and the society of his rakish ways. He should feel guilt and I hope he does to the fullest.
I'm glad Elizabeth let him have it, she should have slapped his face after what he said to her.
How will Darcy ever get out of this one and bring things to right?
I wonder if Bingley will be able to go through with it... For Caroline's sake no less... We shall see, I don't think he'll be able to pull it off
We've got their initial misunderstandings out of the way... so where do we go from here?
Even as misunderstandings (and arrogance) abound, I'm choosing to be hopeful! The Darcy POV here is wonderful Jan - it appropriately accentuates feelings and reactions while staying in character. Looking forward to the next...
Bingley is ready to leave Jane again, she deserves better.
What Darcy will do now when he knows the truth?
He abruptly abandoning her, poor Elizabeth.
Loved the 3° chapter Jan H.
I hope Bingley didn't have the courage to tell Jane the bad news and Darcy informs him of the idenity of the childs mother.
I think Jane deserves better treatment than that as does Elisabeth.
Can't wait for the next chapter to appear.
Well, well, Jan...what a chapter!
At first I got upset at Elizabeth. I thought that she jumped the gun getting all riled up towards Darcy without provocation, as if she was extremely mad at him. I believed she had forgiven him for Hunsford.
Then my ire turned towards Darcy and Bingley. I agree w/ Sandy, both are fools and cowards. Bingley is certainly a rake; played w/ Jane then left her, then do the same thing all over again. Ha! What a jerk...and he feels he needs to explain himself. If I were Jane, I would slap him hard and kick his butt out of town.
And don't get me started w/ Darcy. Definitely an arrogant fool. Checking her out 'how good she looks' then thinking she is not good enough to marry. Then, questioning her on 'how could she elope w/ Wickham?' speech. Fool and stupid is what he is to believe a shrew like Carolina. Believing Caroline?? Pleaaasse!!
Guess both deserve to suffer. Jan, how are you going to fix this, I have nooooo idea.
Great chapter, full of emotional upheaval..
I am totally immersed in another JanH story! I love a Darcy pov, which is so rare. Now that they each have their misconceptions cleared up, what's next?
Darcy's leaving after Lizzy's disclosure is definitely giving her the wrong impression, just like in canon! But what can he do to remedy such a situation?
Bingley is such an ass! Twice deserting Jane after paying her too much attention. She's better off without him, though it will break her heart when he left, again :(
Thank you, everyone! I truly do appreciate every comment, and I share your frustration with Darcy and Bingley. They do have a way to go.
Special thanks to those of you who left long, in-depth replies. I love to see your passion for these characters. And for those who are commenting at more than one site - you deserve a halo!
Oh break my heart/Lizzy's heart. I am eager to see what Darcy does next. The worst thing about Regency times is that woman can't really do anything.
Enjoying the story very much and am look forward to more.
I loved how Darcy's choices shaped the future. Not meeting Elizabeth at Pemberley changed everything. It remains to be seen how Darcy feels now that he knows that the baby was Lydia's. The Bennets are still ruined. Is Wickham gone from the story? I expect him to come back to cause more havoc.
Excellent chapter. I just want to see where you lead us, Jan. I know I will not be disappointed with any direction you choose!
Hi, Geri and Lucy! I appreciate your comments, especially the fact that women were so hampered from doing anything in Regency times. It's like they have to wait for life to happen to them. And Lucy, you're seeing exactly what I was struck by when I first thought of this story - how different everything would have turned out if Darcy and Elizabeth had never met at Pemberley. I'm afraid Darcy's future choices will have even more consequences, and watch out for Wickham.
I'm loving the story so far. I'm a big fan of your other stories and look forward to following this one. Thanks so much for taking the time to entertain all of us JA fanatics!
Finally, Jan, I have been able to sit down with a hot drink and some chocolate and immerse myself in the wonderful story you are creating. As you know, I am a huge fan of your writing and the stories that you craft, and I am delighted that you are posting a new one here at Mrs Darcy's.
My first reaction upon starting to read? Woo hoo, it's from Darcy's point of view!!! I LOVE it! And I love that we are a few years down the line rather than 'attached' to the original story in terms of timescale.
Another thing that I also loved (I will be using the "L" word a lot!) was that the story of P&P did in effect continue from Elizabeth's perspective, and it did not alter its path until Darcy's absence came into play. The consequences as we can see are profound and disastrous.
I also loved the misunderstanding that they both laboured under at first - Darcy married, Elizabeth bearing Wickham's child - how realistic, for we all make those sort of assumptions, jump to conclusions, let our minds deceive us - very natural in the circumstances, and I adored their reactions to revealing the truth - a jealous Elizabeth in a strop, and then Darcy actually calling her "Elizabeth" to her face when he discovers the truth!
I hate the fact that Wickham is lurking out there...
And I had been thinking, here's our sweet, loveable Bingley:
"waiting with such impatience for the servant to announce him that he almost ran over the man upon entering my study"
"he had perfected the art of fidgeting"
"looked like a starving dog that had been thrown a haunch of venison"
Wonderful descriptions, and then the bounder decides to back off from Jane AGAIN! What is he about???? Jan, you have to talk some sense into that man (but great twist!)
Sigh. Sorry at being late to get here, but thankfully I got to read 3 chapters at once - result! Looking forward very much to reading more each week.
As expected, this story has all the signs of being yet another Jan H classic, with a beautifully emerging plot, perfect characterisations and lovely dialogue. What a lovely way to spend Sunday afternoon; thank you so much, Jan.
Thank you Jessi and Sandra! I'm so glad you're reading my story, and I appreciate your comments. Sandra, you're a dear for writing such nice, long messages.
My dears, a chapter you've been anxiously waiting for : enjoy chapter four of Jan H's fabulous The Child!
I just loved the story so far! Thank you!!!
Oh Jan...I started writing my comments as I was reading and here they are: