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When Elizabeth Bennet first met Mr. Darcy, she found him proud, distant, and rude—despite the other ladies' admiration of his estate in Derbyshire and ten thousand pounds a year. But what was Mr. Darcy thinking?

Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice has long stood among the most beloved novels of all time. The story of Elizabeth Bennet's

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When Elizabeth Bennet first met Mr. Darcy, she found him proud, distant, and rude—despite the other ladies' admiration of his estate in Derbyshire and ten thousand pounds a year. But what was Mr. Darcy thinking?

Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice has long stood among the most beloved novels of all time. The story of Elizabeth Bennet's blossoming romance with "haughty, reserved, and fastidious" Fitzwilliam Darcy has enchanted readers for nearly two centuries. Yet, Mr. Darcy has always remained an intriguing enigma—his thoughts, feelings, and motivations hidden behind a cold, impenetrable exterior . . . until now.

With the utmost respect for Austen's original masterwork, author Janet Aylmer loving retells Pride and Prejudice from a bold new perspective: seeing events as they transpire through the eyes of Darcy himself. One of world's great love stories takes on breathtaking new life, and one of fiction's greatest romantic heroes becomes even more sympathetic, compelling, attractive, and accessible, all through the imagination and artistry of a truly gifted storyteller.

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For the umpteenth time, Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice is retold, now from the perspective of her romantic hero, Fitzwilliam Darcy. But the authors employ very different approaches. Aylmer, the pen name of an Austen enthusiast who lives in Bath, England, incorporates huge sections from Austen, including entire conversations. She explains why in her introduction, which also includes an analysis of Darcy's character that she attempts to demonstrate in her reworking. Unfortunately, too many of Aylmer's additions may annoy rather than enlighten Austen fans. Such insertions as "replied Darcy" or "she asked him with surprise" impede rather than clarify their exchanges, and including information on things like Wickham's relationship with Georgiana early in the story reduces Austen's narrative complexity. Why settle for a pale imitation that includes so much of the original? In contrast, Aidan creates plot lines scarcely hinted at in Austen. After an impressive start in An Assembly Such as This, the first title in her "Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman" trilogy, originally self-published, she now tackles the months during which Darcy is absent in Pride and Prejudice. Darcy is delighted to observe Georgiana's growing self-confidence after her rescue from Wickham, although he is somewhat uneasy about her intense religious devotion. Attempting to forget Elizabeth and find a suitable wife, he visits a university friend at his country estate, where he evades a love charm, interprets mysterious portents, and uncovers the true identity of an Irish "servant" scheming for revenge. Readers who enjoy Gothic romance might be intrigued by Aidan's foray into the genre, though others may see this volume as filler until Darcy and Elizabeth meet again in the trilogy's final installment. Libraries may want to wait for that book to see whether Aidan succeeds as well as she did in the first and to decide whether this bridge volume is a necessary purchase.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State Univ. Lib., Mankato Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780061148705
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/15/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
612,321
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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Darcy's Story


By Janet Aylmer

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Copyright © 2006 Janet Aylmer
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ISBN: 0061148709

Chapter One

It is a consequence of possessing an income of ten thousand pounds a year that a man may order his life to his own liking, and choose his own society.

The tall and handsome young man surveying his estate from the first floor window had much to be proud of, and few matters to regret. The estate at Pemberley was ten miles round. The gracious prospect from the house overlooked a verdant valley where the stream had been dammed to form a lake in the foreground. The vista over the park extended across to the woods beyond, where the view widened and the slopes on the far side blended with the trees across the hills to each side. Beyond, the High Peak could be seen in the distance. It was a view of which its owner never wearied; and one of many reasons why he was happier in Derbyshire than in any other place.

"You never tire of that view, Darcy?" said Colonel Fitzwilliam.

"No," he replied, turning to look at his cousin, "but should I?"

"I do not value the landscape of Derbyshire as highly as you do, perhaps, but I dare say that if I had inherited such a handsome house and a fine estate myself, I might have the same preference."

Darcy smiled and answered, "All you lack is a wealthy wife; make a prudent marriage, and you could be in the same position."

His cousin pausedfor a few moments before saying, "I do not need an heiress to a great estate, just someone whose fortune would compensate for my being the younger son, rather than having the prospect of being the next Earl ___. And I myself give some priority to the lady being agreeable, as you should."

Darcy made no reply to this, but gazed at the prospect over the lake for some time. Then he turned to Fitzwilliam. "Seeing the new growth on the trees at this time of year reminds me that both my mother and later my father died in this month." He paused, and then added, "I am glad to have your company for a few days, for I find it easy to become melancholy in May, indeed resentful that my mother was taken from me so early."

Fitzwilliam reflected it was a very great pity that the late Mr. George Darcy had also not lived longer.

"Your parents were very fond of each other," said Fitzwilliam.

"Yes," said Darcy, "indeed, a rarity in our level of society, I am sure you would agree?"

"You are thinking of Lady Catherine, our aunt, and Sir Lewis de Bourgh, I suppose?"

"They are but one example," said his cousin.

"But do not forget," said Fitzwilliam, "that your mother was very young at the time of her marriage, so that her disposition was not set, whereas our aunt was not only the elder sister, but was two and thirty when she wed. In any case, her marriage was not so much unhappy as more formal. And you should recall that Sir Lewis was an elderly widower when they met, and died only three years later, when his daughter was only two years old. At least his will left Lady Catherine a considerable fortune, together with a very handsome house and with the estate at Rosings in trust for our cousin Anne."

"But if you are trying to suggest," said Darcy testily, "that a gentleman whom our aunt had met taking the waters at Bath, and who was very nearly a contemporary of our grandfather, could have had a really happy marriage with someone of such strong opinions as Lady Catherine, I do not believe you!"

Fitzwilliam reflected to himself that Lady Catherine could more properly be described as arrogant, with an ill concealed contempt for her inferiors in society. Indeed, he knew that Darcy himself could appear to be disdainful in company. Although he had inherited his father's shy, reserved disposition and dislike of the social round in town, in many other respects his cousin strongly resembled his mother, having a strong sense of his social position and being jealous of his ancestry and the possession of his great estate.

"Perhaps it would have been as useful if Sir Lewis could have bequeathed Anne better health rather than so large a fortune, for she was a sickly child from the beginning," said Fitzwilliam. "But you must excuse me, for I must make preparations for when we leave tomorrow."

Darcy returned to sit at the table where he had been writing a letter to Georgiana.

His sister, more than ten years his junior, had been left on their father's death five years earlier to the guardianship of himself and his cousin Fitzwilliam. Although she was happiest when in Derbyshire, since their bereavement Georgiana had lived mainly in London, so that she might have access to the best of tutors, and be instructed in music and dancing prior to her being presented at court.

She was now some fifteen years of age, and had lately left school. Darcy had recently employed a Mrs. Younge as his sister's companion, who had been recommended by an acquaintance of his uncle, the Earl ___, for whom she had occupied a similar post. At the suggestion of Mrs. Younge, who knew the place well, she and Georgiana were shortly to travel from Darcy's house in London to Ramsgate, to take the sea air for a few weeks.

They were to break their journey at Rosings, the home of Lady Catherine de Bourgh and her daughter Anne, who was several years' younger than Darcy. He himself had recently spent a few days with Fitzwilliam there on his annual visit, but with little enjoyment from the company of his aunt and cousin.

On Lady Catherine's insistence, Georgiana and Mrs. Younge were to be accompanied on their journey through Kent by a pair of manservants, in addition to the coachman and his assistant, as outriders alongside the chaise.

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Janet Aylmer is an English author who enjoys writing historical romances set in the early 1800s.

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Darcy's Story: Pride and Prejudice Told from a Whole New Perspective 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of Austen's P&P, and of course always wanting more, I've cautiously attempted a few fan fiction sequels over the years. Typically I am quite dissapointed, however this book I truly enjoyed. As others have pointed out, some of the content is verbatim P&P, but that works for the plot very well. This book is NOT a sequel, it is Mr. Darcy's diary giving us an entertaining insight into HIS thoughts and feelings during the events that transpired in P&P. I felt that the book was well written, flowed nicely, connected with the reader and gave a little something extra to the true, Darcy loving P&P fan.
SJ-21 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful view of Mr. Darcy. It really makes you fall in love with him a little more, if that is possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been deceivingly marketed in a number of ways. First, you get the impression that it will be a whole new take on Pride and Prejudice. Second, by means of the reviews on the back of the book, you think that it will be well-written in the Regency style, at least nodding to Jane Austen while not necessarily trying to emulate her. To the first point: Darcy's point of view of the story is certainly not a "whole new perspective". If anything, it is pretty much what the majority of fan fiction, published or not, is based on. But this is no cause for any chagrin, as some of these books are quite good (such as Pamela Aidan's "Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman" series). Unfortunately, "Darcy's story" is not one of them. Where Aidan's book goes richly in depth and presents a new side of the story that we have never seen before, half of "Darcy's Story" is more or less a series of tedious summarizing of Jane Austen's story, punctuated occasionally by the author's commentary under the guise of being Darcy's thoughts (although, strangely, at times the perspective unexpectedly will shift to another character somewhat jarringly). Rarely do we ever, in fact, actually see what Darcy is thinking. If the author ever ventures to describe an event that wasn't in Pride and Prejudice, it is briefly described in a matter of sentences. (Generally they are something like, "Darcy went to London for a few days, and then returned with Georgiana.") The other half of "Darcy's story" is what would be considered blatant plagiarism if it weren't for the fact that Jane Austen's book is in the public domain. Entire chapters will be largely made of words directly from the book, thus making us wonder how this is really Darcy's story if we are mostly just rereading Pride and Prejudice, which is in Elizabeth's point of view. For this reason, this isn't an absolutely abysmal book: the moments where I did find myself enjoying it were when I was reading Jane Austen's writing. This brings us to the second point: there is a remarkable chasm between Jane Austen's brilliant dialogue and the author's own meager writing. To be frank: the author's writing is terrible. There is a slew of grammatical errors and misuse of general writing techniques that it makes me wonder if this book was edited at all, because even the simplest Spell Check function would have probably made it a little better. The result is writing that is boring at best, and utterly dreary and confusing at worst. For example: you might be reading and thinking that there is an interchange of dialogue, when in confusion you backtrack and realize that it is in fact the same character still speaking, only with wrongly placed quotation marks. Anyone with a level of high school English will see these errors immediately. I have never encountered any book with a quality of writing as poor as this. Despite all this, there is a reason that I gave it two stars (considering that the lowest is one star, and not zero). Aylmer does give a passing attempt at character development, however feebly this is accomplished. And I suppose there were moments that were "cute". On the whole, Aylmer's book hinges far too much on readers' already existing love for the main character and story and tries (and fails) to infuse it with new life. If you must satiate your curiosity, borrow this book from the library; this is definitely not worth a purchase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was quite impressed with this book.It didn't stray from the orginal P&P. It just gave a diferent persective of P&P from Mr. Darcy's point of view,which I really enjoyed, because it gave the reader a look into this thoughts. I think she wrote Mr. Darcy character very well. I felt like she stayed true to his character in the orginal.My favorite part was the ending. I love how there was more interaction between Lizzy and Darcy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To an aficianado of Jane Austen, this is nothing more than a regurgitation of much of the original novel, without much new information, cursory development of Darcy's character and not much of 'his' perspective at all! One would do much better to read Elizabeth Alston's 'Mr. Darcy's Daughters' which is written in a more classic style and has considerable substance to its story of Darcy and Elizabeth's progeny.
harstan More than 1 year ago
For those few born on another planet - In Longbourn, wealthy Charles Bingley rents Netherfield Park, which excites Mrs. Bennet, mother of five daughters whom she wants married to quality. At a gala Charles and the oldest Bennet sister, Jane hit it off. However, his wealthy friend Fitzwilliam Darcy acts pompous believing the next in line Elizabeth is beneath him he alienates all the locals even Mrs. Bennet. When Jane becomes ill while visiting Charles, she is forced to stay at his leased manor house. Elizabeth continually walks over to tend to her sister, which brings her into contact with the prideful Fitzwilliam who soon finds he appreciates her honesty and intelligence while she sees through his prejudicial armor of superiority to his inner soul while Charles¿ arrogant sister disdains her as she feels superior and the equal of Fitzwilliam. --- Conceptually DARCY¿S STORY is a terrific idea, however, the execution of bringing out Darcy¿s side of events like that first ball and how he compares Elizabeth with Miss Bingley, etc is interesting but flat. The problem is too much is lifted from the original Jane Austen classic leading to readers to want to put down this tale and go back to Pride and Prejudice. Lacking the originality of Janet Aylmer¿s AN ASSEMBLY SUCH AS THIS, DARCY¿S STORY is for a select limited audience of Ms. Austen¿s fans. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not pretend that this book is beyond anything out of the ordinary as far as fan fiction goes, but it is still a delightful read. It keeps the original story at the forefront with a little mix of new information from Darcy. Sure, whole sections have been little altered but I would be more devastated if too much liberty was taken. It is only an addition to those who wish to keep the story alive for a few hours more after completing the novel without complete repition nor complete alteration. I will admit that this is the only Jane Austen fan fic that I have ever read so my bias is scewed.
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Millie_Hennessy More than 1 year ago
I had high expectations of this book, and I'll admit I was left disapointed. Most of this book is dialogue directly from Pride & Prejudice. I understand that some people wouldn't want to tamper with the classic, but I think some creative license could have been taken. When Darcy was speaking it was all mostly word for word from Austen, or a paraphrasing of what he said in Austen's work. I thought there would be some extra scenes, and though there were a few thrown in, they were rather dull. I did gain some insight into Darcy as a person, but I felt it was more of a telling, not a showing. I love the story, so it was nice to almost read it again, but I felt after reading it that Darcy wasn't much more illuminated than in the original.
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