I've been reading your story at DWG. I just love it, Jan. Darcy is trying desperately to help Elizabeth, but being the social ostrich that he is, he is going about it in the wrong way. Proposing is his first step in the right direction. Yes, she'll find out he found Wickham and was going to pay him to take the child, but love will conquer all. Unless you're going to be REALLY mean to us. ; )
I'm loving this story.
How could Darcy not at least give a better hint that he still loves Lizzy? I know he's unsure of himself, but geez... "had I flattered you..." (Hunsford proposal) at one point he seemed to understand that flattery can help a proposal along. Has he forgotten?
Please give us more!
Thank you, Robin, Lucy, and Greatreader for your kind comments! I do hope love conquers all. I'm having some trouble with Elizabeth's attitude right now, and for good reason, but hopefully she'll fall for Darcy in spite of his failings.
Jan, you know I love your writing and I am sooo excited about this new story. Thanks for quenching our thirst for more angst. What is wrong with us?
Oh Jan...I've been waiting for this all day! And what a chapter! To say the opening sentence shocked me would be an understatement! And Darcy silencing Caroline is even more of a shock! Sorry Caro...you'll never mistress of Pemberley now so believe it!!
Also hoping the storm has passed - at least temporarily! These two really need some perspective (and conversational) exchange if they desire a "real" relationship and marriage. Love it Jan - looking forward to the next!!
Just say yes and marry and then when Wickham tells what Darcy tried to arrange she will be stuck with him regardless.
Can't wait for Ch 7
Okay so chapter 7 was already posted. So Elizabeth joined him I'm glad he didn't storm out the front door.
Heres to hoping the storm clouds stay away for a little any way. :D
Darcy is so full of anger. If he doesn't accept Fan and treat her more lovingly, poor Lizzy will never be accepting of him.
I know in those days, children were supposed to be seen only rarely but Darcy needs to give in a little even if Fan does remind him of Wickham.
Oh dear, Darcy with his pent up anger and frustration is not going to make things easy. But at least Elizabeth now knew that he has no mistress and is fully committed to her. So that's a good start when she joined him for dinner. Hope the peace will at least be for quite awhile so they can get to know each other better :)
Today they both need frying pan. Talk, people, talk!
Storm passed? - it's beginning.
I enjoy this story very much, they are just so yours L and D. Thank you.
I feel that it is going to be rough goings for a while. They are so cold to each other. I do hope they find some middle ground here.
About Fran, if she is with Elizabeth why is she crying all the time? I hope she gets handed to Darcy and her nerves are soothed quickly, that would be the beginning of some kid of bond or mayhap she is named after her her grandmother for a reason and she will continue to wail.
How awkward for everyone involved her. Did the banns get posted or was it to quiet of a wedding?
What about Darcy's family when will they decend upon the newly weds?
Elizabeth ended up in Darcy's room, that was a hoot! She subconciously wants him.
Love the story so far. It's a FMS without the FM. What an interesting twist. And since I know how the story will end, I can endure the rough waters without jumping overboard!
Ohh Jan, I feel torn. I have issues w/ Elizabeth's attitude. For some reason I feel like she is not even trying. Even thou Darcy started most of this mess, he did help E and her family to remove the "scandal" by marrying her. Jane will be able to marry Bingley, Fan will always be taken care of and the Bennets' respectability will return. She could at least be a little grateful. Besides it's not as if D is asking for his marital rights, he just wants to spend time w/ her.
The other thing that bothers me is that all the Bennets, including Jane, are being selfish. It was easier just to "dump" the child's responsibility to Elizabeth so they can go back to the way they were before Lydia eloped. And I'm extremely curious as to why does Elizabeth feel herself responsible for Fan? I do not understand that!
Now, was Elizabeth jealous? I wonder!
Those two really need to talk to each other, otherwise they will never be happy. E is jumping to conclusions and acting accordingly and D is being very angry and resentful. They've got a loooong way to go.
It is hard not to feel disappointed for Darcy and accept he feels rather neglected, especially since the wedding night of his dreams is still just a dream. But I can sympathize w/Elizabeth a little, a very little... in regards to her needing to just need a little time to de-compress. Who wouldn't be suffering from tactile overload after being locked in a carriage w/a needy, cranky, young child, then having to soothe the child again once in the new home. Not quite the easy transition for this marriage -- w/someone she believes really doesn't love her anymore, etc etc etc. I am sure she is a bit overwhelmed and trying to figure out how she is going to fit into this household w/out losing her dignity. Great chapter JanH! BTW-- just saw that Arranged Marriage & The Journey are being published this year! O happy day!!!!!! Will def be ordering my copies!! Congrats!
Hi, Cindy, Sandy, Terry, Geri, Irene, Gio, Vesna, Teb, Opehlia, Lili, Christina, and Fiona, and thank you for your entertaining comments!
I know you're frustrated with Darcy and Elizabeth right now. On another board, some are even critical of little Fan. I will say there's a bit of lightness ahead, beginning in Chapter Nine. Don't give up on me!
Please include me as one of the avid readers of this story. I'm eating it up with two spoons.
Chapter 7 has been my favorite so far. Yes! They're married and have to find a way to go forward together. I can feel Darcy's frustration, as I believe that Elizabeth is hiding behind the child a bit. Their spat at the end of the chapter did much to clear the air, adjust Elizabeth's misconceptions, but they have so far to go. And I want to be with them to the end, or their beginning.
Jan trust me we will never give up your beautiful story, any of them.
Fan is a two-year old child who has an anchor in Elizabeth. I hope that one day, when he opens, she will find the same in Darcy.
Sandy, the storm you spoke about was on our TV, it looked awful.
Jan! I absolutely love your stories! I like the way you write from the perpective of only Darcy (or Elizabeth in other stories). Please, don´t make us wait too long for an update.
Thank you, Sandy, Lucy, Vesna, and China! I appreciate your kind comments so much. China, I try to post every week, so look for a new chapter soon.
Chapter 8 has just been posted, my dears. Enjoy!
Good Grief Darcy! Get the stick out of your posterior and lighten up! I really get the feeling that Lizzy is trying to tease and bring a little liveliness to the evening and he is just so resentful of anything that doesn't have her in his bed even though he is doing nothing to move toward that end.
William is never going to win over ODG with that attitude.
And poor Fan, at least Mrs. A seems like a good choice.
Aunt Cat., I'm glad Darcy defended Elizabeth in front of her.
Poor Mr. Darcy, his Aunt is not entirely wrong: bringing up a ******* did taint families during the Regency Era, and would have most definitely lessened Georgiana's chances for a good marriage. All the more admirable of him, then, to stand by Elizabeth. And good for him to get the good woman Mrs. Abernathy,as even Elizabeth conceded that Fan is "spoilt rotten". As her social standing is rather shaky, Fan would need to have excellent manners and education to balance that.
I hope Elizabeth stops referring to Fan as "my child", though, as I (along with Mr. Darcy) look forward to the sweet happily everafter when she has her own child. Their child. It's going to be a long and bumpy road, but so worth the wait. Thanks, Jan!
"Come now, sir, you must understand when I am teasing, or this marriage shall prove quite tedious."
Love your Elizabeth, JanH! Lines like that are just delicious. Another great chapter.
I say things are looking good! Even though Darcy is still behaving like an ass, but at least he is attuned to Elizabeth's feelings and willing to calm down and reason with her. Hope the nurse he has engaged is a truly nice lady. I think after witnessing how Darcy came to her defence in front of Lady C, Lizzy would be more appreciative now (i truly hope!!). Thanks for another great chapter!
Well, I for one am glad Darcy was upstanding when it came to his wife, concerning his aunt's behavior. The fact that his uncle stayed behind to leave with Richard was also most satisfying and Elizabeth pointing out the door and Catherine's carriage was the coup de grace. Bravo Elizabeth. I hope D&E can at least come to some common ground after this.
Loved little Fran waking up Darcy like only a true toddler would. It would have been a real cute scene had Darcy decided to check himself and not yell.
Another wonderful chapter Jan.
First let me just say Thank you for this great story.
Mr.Darcy hasn't changed much,has he? He has a long way to go or is he just masking the good side of him just because his feelings are unrequitted?
I don't understand Has Lizzy softened towards Darcy? I guess no. She treats him almost with contempt and maybe she has to understand the fact that not many men would take on a wife with a child. And about the physical side of their marriage, did they discuss that they will wait. I think i will have to read again.
I can't wait to see how the story will unfold.
I was afraid that they will fight about Mrs A, but she seems nice person, otherwise Fan would not accept her.
Lady C - nothing new about her, good that E heard him.
Thank you Jan.
So, Darcy's testy that his world is revolving around a two year old. I'm hoping that he'll wise up and see that the way to Elizabeth's heart is through Fan. Usually it takes some kind of catastrophe to bond unlikely friends, so perhaps there will be a calamity in Darcy's future to open his heart to Fan, too. A very safe sort of calamity.
Two steps forward, one step back for our dear couple.
(sending thanks to Sandy for her posting instructions; very happy to be able participate in this wonderful story's comments.)
It seems readers are divided about Fan. For me, she reminds me of Lydia, with her wailing, screaming, and "spoiled" behavior (as Lizzy called it).But I do not blame Fan; she is just a child and children are not born with discipline...they are taught discipline. Therefore, I blame Elizabeth and the Bennets for not teaching her manners, discipline, and spoiling her. I think hiring the nanny was a good move even though Darcy did it for the wrong reason.
IMHO, Elizabeth is being stubborn and unreasonable. She's taking a lot but she is giving nothing. And I still ask, where are the Bennets? Ohh, that's right! Back at Longbourne in their own little world getting their reputations back.
Great chapter...can't wait for more
Thank you, Sandy, Irene, Fiona, Christina, Gio, teb, Christina Joseph, Vesna, and Ophelia! I loved all your comments. It's obvious you have strong feelings about this story.
Fiona, I agree that Fan is going to need all the manners she can acquire because Regency England had brutal rules about illegitimate girls' social standing.
Christina Joseph, just so you won't have to go back and search, Darcy did promise Elizabeth they would wait for the physical side of marriage until she was ready. And you're right, Darcy hasn't changed much even though he thinks he has. He's got a lot to learn.
Ophelia, writing from a man's point of view has literally made me pull my hair out! I've promised myself I will never do it again.
And Sandy, thanks for the congrats about publishing. That was a real surprise when Meryton Press approached me because I never intended to publish any of my work. Christine, I appreciate your shout-out on Facebook. I haven't joined the network yet, but have been told that I should. Incidentally, I left you a message at Meryton Press. You're a sweetheart!
Thank you, Lucy and Lili! I agree, Lucy, that Fan seems to demonstrate Lydia's personality. Hopefully, being reared by Elizabeth and Darcy will be a civilizing influence, if they ever get their act together and decide to work as a team.
And Lili, you have made comments more than once about the Bennets leaving Elizabeth to take all responsibility for Fan, and I agree. As we know, Mr. Bennet was never more than a lackadasical father. I imagine him even more so as a grandfather. Since Bingley has not yet offered for Jane, and she has no guarantee that he will, Darcy seems to be the family's only saving grace of what to do with Fan and, as you said, restore the family's reputation. Elizabeth says in Chapter 3 that she doesn't know why Fan demands so much of her time (is attached to her) more so than her sisters, but it seems that Fan has chosen Elizabeth as her mother. And Lizzy has always been a responsible person.
I appreciate your comments.
I'm enjoying your story, Jan. It makes my day to see a new chapter up.
Chapter 9 is up, my dears!
Dear Jan, allow me to compliment you on the harmony between style and content, in this story as in all your others, and how beautifully you know how to evoke the era. Such a pleasure to read you.
Poor poor Darcy.
I suppose they did not know that the Bingley relations would be at Netherfield. It doesn't make for a nice visit.
I love the way that you munipulated your story so that Elizabeth and Darcy have to share a room, bravo to Bingley for making it so. I wonder if Elizabeth realizes that she is in love with Darcy or is she just holding back because she thinks he loves another?
Caroline - Gah! It's good to see Darcy uphold his wife in the face of the nay-sayers.
Gosh, Jan, what a beautiful chapter!
It felt so smooth and nice, after the anguish of the previous ones. I absolutely loved how both D and E put up a united front and how protective he was of her. For once, he was very supportive about Fan, as well.
And so well written too! I'm well aware that quality in writing is the norm in your stories, but I have to say that the Netherfield scene with the Bingley sisters is a masterpiece.
And forced intimacy to the boot! I feel sorry for poor Darcy, but I do relish those forced scenarios
They're starting to understand each other and she's apprehensive but warming upto him.
So glad to see our favourite couple are going the right direction so far :) Their support to each other in Netherfield is heartening. But poor Darcy, has to suffer from sleeping so close to Elizabeth
Look forward to what you have planned for ODC, Jan! Thanks very much for another wonderful chapter.
Unfortunately, Darcy had to go back to Meryton and face the Bingleys but as luck would have it, he gets to share a room with his lady love.
Glad to see he defends Elizabeth in the face of such advesaries as the Bingley sisters.
I was thinking, there goes Elizabeth yet again trying to save the Bennet household. Can't they do anything w/o Elizabeth? I feel Mrs. B is always so selfish, just thinking about herlself while Mr. B is ill, she could be tending him to get well intead of wailing and screaming and making things worse. Darcy could have refused, but he didn't. I hope Lizzy can see that he will do anything for her and give him some credit.
They were able to put a united front against the Bingleys and Hursts but I know a Hunsford-type confrontation is coming when Elizabeth finds out Darcy's duplicity in the Wickham affair. I'm anxious as to when that will happen which I'm assuming it will be soon.
And speaking of Lizzy, one word comes to mind: jealousy. I believe she is jealous that Darcy 'supposedly' loves another which is why she is so indiferent to him. Stupid Elizabeth for thinking that and stupid Darcy for not telling her it is she the one he loves.
He could say that he loves her, and then she could respond she loves him too, and that would be the end of all problems...but then we wouldn't have a story, would we Jan?
I just love you story, I love how you write, I love how you describe the struggles that Darcy goes thru (being his POV), I love how misunderstandings and issues arise by the mere fact of "lack in communication". It is as simple as that..no matter how much there is love, if there is no communication between a couple, it never works.
I just love it Jan!
Oh, and I loovved the giant pillow between them. Guess, for Darcy, it was the biiiiggggesttt pillow he had ever seen. That was funny!
First marriage proposal - disaster,
accusation that she run away with W - another disaster,
second marriage proposal - he said that he doesn't have romantic feelings toward her, that woman he loves doesn't love him - again disaster.
Bingley praised him for his "sacrifice", if she heard that...ughhh
So, how can she show any feelings toward him? I wouldn't.
Well, he defended her in front of the Lady C and as a couple they stood together in front of Caroline, but it is not enough.
Very beautiful story.
Jan, thank you for the new chapter. I loved it.
I was proud of Darcy when he took the time to help ease Elisabeths' feelings after the harsh words of Lady C.
I was so glad to see Darcy and Elisabeth acting as a front towards Caroline and Louisa. And I thank Bingley for putting them in the same rooms.
But I'm afraid that trouble is waiting round the corner. I hope it won't be Caroline who will find out the news of the encounter between Darcy and Wickham. She would really enjoy telling that to Elisabeth.
Oh I can't wait for the next chapter to arrive. I hope Darcy has delicious dreams in the meantime.