What is Darcy thinking? Apparently not much! I can't wait for Lizzy to lay into him for his continuing arrogance. Selfish disdain for the feelings of others indeed!
Comment originally posted by Christine:
"Oh happy day! I have been trying to get in to read this for a couple of days now-- and for whatever reason, everything kept freezing up. Thank heavens! Can you imagine my how crazy with anxiety I have been knowing there was a new JanH story and I had yet to read it?!
By the way JanH-- were you aware of the writing contest that LaurelAnn at AustenProse is sponsoring? The winner will be published in an anthology w/authors like Syrie James, Stephanie Barron, Amanda Grange, etc -- by ballantine Books. Here is the info-- I thought of you when I saw this new story-- now that I know you are writing again, maybe you can write something for the Feb13 deadline! http://www.pemberley.com/JAMMDI/JAMMDI.html
So happy you are writing again. Happy day indeed!"
OMG!!!!! DARCY, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE??
Does he realize the chaos he just started by finding Wickham and telling him about the child? Guess not!OMG!!! I cannot believe he had the gall to do that? Who died and made him 'God'? Ohh, that's right..he appointed himself 'God Almighty' who knows 'what is best for everyone'.
I was going to point out some of the lines that struck me the most but Sandy did better than I would do, sooo I'll just DITTO to everything she said.
What! You mean to say you think this Darcy is wrong? You know the old saying about how the mighty are fallen - well, my Darcy is digging himself a deep pit.
Thank you Renee, Malena, Sandy!, Vesna, Irene, Christine, and Lili, for all your comments. Sandy, I got your message loud and clear - LOL. And Christine, thank you for telling me about the contest at AustenProse. I doubt that I've got time to write anything by the deadline, but I'll take a look at it.
Hang in there with me. This is going to be a rough ride.
That was so much fun! I just know that Elizabeth is going to be soooooangry at Darcy for his presumption. I cannot wait to see her lay into him!
OMG! I cant believe a new story...FINALLY!!! And it is greatness so far! Cant wait for more. You have made my day!!!
btw, I cant remember but if I am correct, dont you usually write in Elizabeth's POV?! Love how it's in Darcy's this time!!!
Thank you Jan for this new story!!!!
I love all your stories and this one, in Mr Darcy POV seems to begin very well!!
Oh I can't wait another week for the next chapter!
Thanks again for brighten up my week!!
Hmm...I'm not sure if Darcy's decision to help in the Wickham's situation will be any good, as I am quite sure that the Bennets are very attached to the child. But at least he asking the ladies for a dance at the ball is helping :)
Thankfully Bingley hasn't bail out yet! But we'll have to wait and see of course ;)
Thanks for the update
I believe Darcy is acting according to his time. You can see that his plans regarding the child are very similar to what Austen describes in Emma with Emma's friend. She is being raised at a school but believed to be the daughter of a rich man and his mistress. I see no wrong in that.
You could always take a chapter or two of something you have previously posted and condense it (like a teaser)to fit the perameters. Do say you will try to enter!!!!!! What a great way to bring attention to your body of work!
Wow Jan, it sounds like Darcy has a long way to go here.
He takes it into his own hands that he's the one that needs to decide after 2 years what to do about Lydia and Wickham's babe???
Yeah, I say there's a lot more angst to come. First of all why would he even think any of the Bennets would want to see Wickham ever again, and second why would he want to even include Wickham in their life. Sounds like his 'pride' is not quite in check.
I wonder what Georgiana would have to say about what he's doing. Would she question him on if she was the one to have the babe if he would be so readily to have it gone, to give it up?
Well, I will await patiently to find out your answers.
Very much enjoying the story!
Thank you for your comments, Lucy, Mixon, Gio, Malena, and Teb! And hi, KayakChick! Glad to see you again. I do understand the distress Darcy is causing some of you, and Malena, I appreciate your saying that Darcy is "acting according to his time." I agree with that statement. We love him, though, and want him to be a better man. Keep your fingers crossed.
Well, I got interrupted and forgot to finish my message. Christina, thank you for your continuous encouragement! I looked at the guidelines for entries at AustenProse's contest, and since the deadline is very, very soon, I just simply don't have time to put something together for it. I write slowly, and short stories require a lot of attention. But I appreciate your thinking of me. Maybe next time.
Chapter 5 is up, my dears. Enjoy!
What a twist! Wickham proposed to Lizzy! Now Darcy is truly caught in his own game. Can't wait to see what great idea he can come up with!
Darcy keeps digging his own hole deeper and deeper.
Wickham has turned the table on him.
"Give me till the morrow"!
Talk about being thrown for a loop. I guess Darcy was his own worse enemy in what he tried to do. Obviously Wickham has no idea how Darcy feels about Elizabeth, which in itself is a good thing as the situation would probably no doubt be worse.
Darcy would be better to cut his losses now and pay Wickham to leave. Of course, we now that likely won't happen and if he did it would raise suspicion to all concerned.
I must say Darcy is truly in a dilema! I really have no clue what he could do unless he is honest with Elizabeth and offers her his hand himself. This would take the babe away from Longbourn and also put the family in a better way. But what of the way it would make Darcy look? Will he? Won't he? Can't wait to find out.
Oh my Jan, what a mess.
He is definitely not thinking straight. He does not really recognize the strength of his own feelings... And now Wickham has proposed.. Heaven! Does he truly believe that once this problem is solved (in one way or another) that Lizzy will NEVER marry... he is in so much denial there isn't a river in Africa long enough for him to take the trip...
Give him till tomorrow indeed!
Darcy, you did not expect this , didn't you? Well, what great idea will come to your mind now? How are you going to fix this mess? Hope E has a frying pan for your thick head.
Anyhow I feel a little sorry for him because it is known that the road to hell is paved with good intentions
Thank you, Jan
Oh no, Darcy doesn't know what he's created, bringing Wickham back to Longborn.
The easiest thing Darcy could do is to propose, but I guess that would be to simple I guess. Maby Bingley can find his courage to do what Darcy should, and propose to Jane...
Thanks Jan , hope to read the next chapter soon.
Well, Jan...you have certainly come up with one perfectly saucy twist. Simply beautiful. I wonder what he will do. Million thanks for the update.
Male and happy Valentine
OMG Jan! I can't believe you have come up with such a despicable Darcy!
Happy Valentine's Day my fellow P&P lovers!
What a great twist, Jan...having Wickham ask for Elizabeth's hand. Love it! Cant wait to read what Darcy's solution will be. But not so sure if this is fair, leaving us hanging like this on V-day, lol!
Oh the metalling old fool. Darcy has managed to make it only worse. Come on Sunday. :D
I don't think Darcy's idea of sending the child to a school is bad at all, for the time. Sounds awful to me, but infants were routinely sent out to live with wet nurses for the first couple years of their lives and grade school children were shipped off to boarding schools.
I do feel sorry for him, as it's not turning out even remotely as he had intended.
Thank you, Gio, Anne, Irene, Teb, Kimberly, Vesna, Pausiniken, Malena, Sandy, KayakChick, Gio, and Julie, for all your comments! They run the gamut from understanding Darcy's desire to help by putting the child in a school to wanting to hit him over the head with a frying pan! And I don't even want to imagine what Sandy would like to do to our poor hero.
As someone said on another site, "When one finds oneself in a hole, the first thing one must do is stop digging."
Poor Darcy is going to be scrambling to clean up his mess, so please don't give up on him.
Hit him over the head with a frying pan, indeed! Talk about "out of the frying pan into the fire!" Eeeeeesh-- he has certainly made a mess of things-- and I hope he tosses and turns all night, and goes to her with his hat in hand in the morning and begs for Elizabeth himself. Surely, he can put the child in some kind family's household so that they can look in upon her from time to time, like Colonel Brandon did in S&S. Keep writing!! And I am heartbroken that I thought to message you so late about the "Jane Austen Made Me Do It" anthology.
My vote is for the frying pan! I certainly hope Darcy's judgment improves, because he's already got a lot to make up for.
I understand why Elizabeth won't give up the child to Wickham, but why do I have the feeling that she wouldn't be happy about giving up the child to someone trustworthy either? That little girl isn't happy with anyone else, not even angelic Jane.
Lovin' it, Jan!!!
Wickham is just despicable...Is this the kind of man Darcy wants the Bennets to give up the child to? What in the world is wrong with Darcy?
Thank you, Christina, Wendi, Lili, and Sandy, for all your comments. I think everyone of you agrees that it's the frying pan for Darcy, except Sandy, who wants to bury him alive! As for Elizabeth's relationship with the child, I think we'll see how deep it is in future chapters.
Christina, no problem about AustenProse. I just appreciate you believing I should even enter.
I just got caught up! Jan, I don't want to hit Darcy because Elizabeth will do it for me when she finds out he is behind the whole plan. I can't wait until she knows all! Thanks for the new chapter of this very fine story!
Chapter 6 is up, my dears. Enjoy!
Lizzy say, "Yes, yes, a thousand times yes".
Darcy still loves her, tell her the truth.
Wickham, what will he do now?
so *almost* romantic, Darcy, if you could manage to tell her what you feel. Gah! How long will you hide it from her??
But really, Lizzy, you must be fooling yourself to think the woman he loves is any other than you.
What a great set up you've created, Jan, for the truth of the mystery woman to be revealed. This is classic Jan. You always build skillfully towards a revealing tipping point.
How can this proposal manage to feel so steamy with no outright professions of love... Skillful writing indeed... I want to yell at her (and I was mentally) Say yes... Say yes, but ODG is nothing if not logical, and right now, his reasons don't make sense, and we all know the missing puzzle piece, it has jagged edges on one end, from a previous breakage, and it is called his heart... whew!
I'm sorry I have never commented on your stories before but I think it's better late than never. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love your writing! You are among my favorite JAFF authors, if not my absolute favorite! Reading your stories is more enjoyable than watching a movie. I read them over and over and over again. Thank you for giving us another one that keeps me on edge! I can not wait for the next chapter!
Your adoring fan,
Just a very quick note to mention this:
"The woman I love does not love me, Miss Bennet, so you see, I forfeit nothing."
Ooooh, I smell misunderstanding and heart-ache!
Excellent, excellent story.
Argh, what a proposal! Why did Darcy say he "no longer harbour any romantic fancies" towards Elizabeth, sigh....if only he declared his feelings, but of course that could be the end of this story already haha! I think there's no doubt that she will accept his proposal. But I wonder/fear if Wickham hedged his revenge.
Great writing as usual, I am SO hooked, Jan!
Darcy! Darcy! Darcy!
I hope she'll say yes.
And then we will be waiting more impatiently next Sunday.
Wonderful, exciting writing.
Thank you, Jan
I feel as if Elizabeth is in love with him and she does not wish to ruin his chance at happiness since he does not seem to love her any longer. Could she marry him thinking he is in love with someone else? If she refuses, will she explain why? Probably not - how could she possibly admit it after refusing him twice?
Ah, but I get ahead. SAY YES, Elizabeth, and save you both (and us) more heartache!
And if she says yes... then what? How could he hide his love for her?
What will Wickham do if she does say yes?
Oh, I can't wait to find out!
Your previous stories are VERY high on my list of favorite JAFF and this story is quickly joining them. Thanks for the update, Jan!
Wow! I can't believe that Darcy decided to ask her. Well , with Wickham's declaration of marriage I guess it really threw his doubts off.
I do hope she says yes. I can definitely understand her questions as far as him wanting to marry her and how he would feel about the child. I'm sure she feels she would be more of a burden to his family name than anything else. But if the only other choice is Wickham, well how could she say no?
As usual Jan, great writing. Now all your readers in high dudgeon
I never wish my life to move faster now that I am grown-- excepting your posting schedule which has always made me pine for the next week, and the next, and the next! Not that I'm complaining... Great chapter! I hope Elizabeth just "falls on her sword," "takes one for the family, king & country" and marries the handsome, rich, honorable master of that great estate Pemberley. Poor her, indeed.
Darcy created a monster out of Wickham! Even thou he was one already, now he is a greedy, desperate and dangerous one. But I guess Darcy made his bed so now he has to lie in it. He will have to deal w/ W who will stop at nothing till he gets $ out this whole situation.
Darcy is making decisions as he goes along. Unfortunately, most of them if not all are as impulsive as they are irrational, with the exception of Elizabeth's proposal. It drives me crazy how often Darcy changes his mind. I feel like screaming, "Make up your mind man!!!"
Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! You are such a wonderful writer, Jan. Again, cant wait for next week.
Jan, I am sorry for not commenting before.
I am loving your story as I love your previous ones.
Thank you very much for sharing this with us.
Thank you, Lucy, Irene, Astrid, Kimberly, Rori, Gio, Vesna, Sandy, Wendi, teb, Christina, Lili, and Kayakchick for all your comments! And welcome Romi and Gidget! It's so great to hear from new readers. Gidget, I'm crazy about your name because I loved that book.
So many questions - I think they'll all be answered in what lies ahead. As someone said, this is going to take a while to get sorted out, so hope you'll stay with me.