Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman: Duty and Desire, Book 2

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman: Duty and Desire, Book 2

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by Pamela Aidan
     
 

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Set vividly against the colourful historical and political background of the Regency, Pamela Aidan writes in a style comfortably at home with Jane Austen but with a wit and humour very much her own. While remaining faithful to the characters and events in Austen's original, Aidan adds her own cast of fascinating characters and, with a nod to the gothic element in

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Set vividly against the colourful historical and political background of the Regency, Pamela Aidan writes in a style comfortably at home with Jane Austen but with a wit and humour very much her own. While remaining faithful to the characters and events in Austen's original, Aidan adds her own cast of fascinating characters and, with a nod to the gothic element in Austen's work, weaves for the reader a richly satisfying tapestry of Darcy's past and present.

About the Author
Pamela Aidan, librarian, teacher, and storyteller claims a life-long love of Jane Austen and the world of Regency England. Her first book in the trilogy, An Assembly Such as This, has been called "the only one worthy of standing alongside the original story, as its perfect companion."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780972852913
Publisher:
Wytherngate Press
Publication date:
07/22/2004
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range:
15 Years

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Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This last installment of Darcy's life is the best yet. The book starts with Darcy's trip to Kent with his cousin, Col. Richard Fitzwilliam. Darcy's resolve to forget about Elizabeth Bennet is all for not when he arrives at his aunt's estate of Rosings to find Lizzy a guest in the parsonage house. His jealousy of his cousin's admiration of 'La Bennet' (as Fitzwilliam calls Lizzy) is amusing and right considering that Darcy wasn't jealous of any of Lizzie's admirers while he was in Herfordshire even Wickham. The fact that Pamela Aidan delved into Anne De Bourgh's illness and what she thought of her 'betrothal' to Darcy is a plus in the book. Also, the fact that Darcy couldn't believe the words coming out of his aunt's mouth such as no one having as good taste in music such as herself is good to see. Darcy may have seemed pompous and self important at the beginning of Pride and Prejudice, but Lady Catherine outshines even her vicar, Mr. Collins, in being ridiculous. Darcy's failed proposal to Lizzy was frought with so many feelings Darcy felt. However, he doesn't see himself to blame for his 'natural and just' reservations about Lizzie's low connections and family. Returning to London after the failed proposal, Darcy heedlessly accepts an invitation to a party held by the now married Lady Sylvanie, the woman Darcy 'admired' at Sayre's castle in Duty and Desire. This decision puts Darcy in danger that he would normally be sensible to and avoid, but his dark behavior since Lizzy's refusal has made him a bit reckless. It is only through the intervention of his good friend, Dy, that Darcy escapes the clutches of Lady Sylvanie and begins to see that his own behavior toward Lizzie and everyone around him was not what he thought he was. The fact that he confides in his friend, Dy and then Georgiana begins to show Darcy's transformation into the gentleman he wanted to be. I like the character of Dy. He is a true friend to Darcy to the point that he doesn't sympathize with Darcy over his pain of Lizzy's refusal, but rather shows Darcy what an arrogant and self righteous idiot he was in pointing out to Lizzy all her family's shortcomings. Darcy's transformation continues by helping Bingley have more confidance in his own judgement instead of relying on Darcy or even his sisters. Though he has no hope to show Lizzie the change she helped bring about, Darcy finds that in returning to Pemberley a day before the rest of his party he has a chance to show Elizabeth that all of her just remarks about his attitude and pride have been taken care of. His delight to introduce her to his sister, Georgiana, is apparent when he takes Georgiana to meet Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle in Lambton. Georgiana and Elizabeth take to each other well especially when Lizzie and her Aunt Gardiner visit Georgiana at Pemberley. Darcy's disgust with Caroline Bingley's jealous jibes at Lizzie's expense is great. How he tells her off is great!! When Lizzie receives bad news from home Darcy decides that he must do something to help her since it was initially his fault her family should be suffering so. When he goes back to Herfordshire to see Lizzie and to repair the mistake he did to Bingley, his transformation is complete. His interview with Lady Catherine after she 'visited' Lizzie shows Darcy that there is hope for him regarding Lizzie's regard for him. He immediately goes back to Herfordshire, sending his aunt packing from his London home. Pamela Aidan wrote his reunion with Lizzie very well. His interview with Mr. Bennet for Lizzie's hand in marriage was in character for both Mr. Bennet and Darcy. The happiness he felt on his wedding day to Lizzie was beautifully done. I only wished Pamela elaborated on the beginning of his life with Lizzie as his wife. Hopefully she will write another book about Darcy and Lizzie's wedded life. I also wish to know what became of Dy and Georgiana. Did Darcy allow a marriage between them when Georgiana was old enough? I
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this second book, Duty and Desire, though I found it strange that Darcy would be in the predicament that he was in. The fact that he accepts an invitation from one of his old college chums he hadn't kept in touch with to visit his castle is strange and unlike Darcy. That he chooses this invitation as a way to forget Elizabeth Bennet and find a wife equal to his wealth and circumstance is understandable but still odd. Almost the entire book is set at Sayre (his college chum)'s castle and it takes on a very dark gothic theme. I find Darcy's attraction to Lady Sylvanie a bit hard to swallow. Darcy should've seen right away that A) this was a dangerous place to be and B) Lady Sylvanie is equally dangerous. The book, however, is very well written and gives it's readers glimpse of what Darcy did before he went to Kent. However, I guess he had to have another woman to enter his life to show him how powerful his feelings for Lizzy were.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For Pride and Prejudice fans who were curious about the hero in the story, Fitzwilliam Darcy, this is the series to read. Pamela Aidan did a superb job of fleshing out Darcy's character while keeping true to the writing style, language, and events of Pride and Prejudice. I could hardly put this book down when I got it, so eager to read Darcy's side of Pride and Prejudice. 'An Assembly Such as This' starts with Darcy arriving at Netherfield to help his friend Charles Bingley manage the biggest estate in the county. As you read you feel like you're in the story with Darcy even if you are pretty much a fly on the wall watching Darcy's every move. When Darcy meets Elizabeth Bennet, he may have passed her off at first glance as 'tolerable enough' but as you read you will find that his perception of her changes with each day he is around her especially when she is staying at Netherfield to tend to Jane. Darcy wakes up each morning wondering what subject will Lizzie spar with him about and he looks forward to their verbal battles. Once he leaves Herefordshire she is still in his thoughts. His devotion to his sister, Georgiana, is explained more as well as his treatment of his servants which is alot better than his peers in London. The servants at Pemberly and his house in London all respect him and are devoted to him and Miss Darcy. I especially like Fletcher, the Shakespearean quoting valet. He's funny and insightful. I would recommend this series to any fan of Pride and Prejudice!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent read. I really enjoyed hearing the story from Mr. Darcy's point of view. The characters seemed very true to the original and the story helped fill in the gaps that leave you wondering in Pride and Prejudice. I definately recommend this series to any one who loves Pride and Prejudice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Duty and Desire is Volume III in a series. It wraps up a brilliantly plausible account of Darcy's transformation into a man worthy of Elizabeth's love. Pam Aiden takes us on Darcy's journey of self-discovery by giving us his story as seen through the eyes of a gentleman landowner who felt heavily the duty of honoring his family heritage by putting the social and economic interests of his family above everything else including his own desire to marry for love. Through her characters, I learned so much about myself and human nature and the importance of being a person of integrity and forgiveness. By the way, the story appears to be inspired by the ingenious interpretation of Darcy by Collin Firth in A&E's classic presentation of Pride and Predjudice. So, all you Collin Firth fantasizers can lose yourselves picturing him for three volumes in the very masculine and dashing character that Pam Aiden has created.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved reading about Darcy, and his struggle with his feelings for Elizabeth. I'm a big Austen fan, and I thought this book was true to her time & style. The best parts of this series is when it is paralelling the original P & P, using some of the same dialog, just told from a different point of view. For that reason, I enjoyed the first & third books of this trilogy the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The finale to Ms. Aidan's story of Darcy's journey through P&P was certainly worth the wait. Especially for those who have seen the miniseries, this book weaves elements of the novel with what we have seen on screen into a beautiful love story that stands on its own. This 3rd installment fulfills the promise of the 1st book. I only wish I knew if Darcy allows Dy to marry Georgiana. I breathlessly read this in 2 days and heartily recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pamela Aidan continues the story of Darcy's life at the time of Pride and Prejudice. This is less enjoyable than the first book, because it is set during the time when Darcy and Elizabeth are apart, and it has a rather strange, Gothic storyline which doesn't seem to fit well with Darcy's character. All the same, this is an interesting book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a trilogy by Pamela Aidan, following Mr Darcy through the events of Pride and Prejudice, and telling us what he did with his time when he wasn't staying with Bingley or Lady Catherine. A good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Judging by past posts, I wasn't sure I would like this book but I was very pleasantly surprised. Remembering that this is all fiction allowed me to suspend the Mr. Darcy image in my head and enjoy the story. Doubtless this is not what Ms. Austen would have imagined for our dashing hero, but I think it will set up the eagerly-anticipated 3rd book nicely. I can't wait to see what Ms. Aidan has in store for us in the next book. According to her website it should be out in October. I'm hoping for October 2005.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so disappointed with 'Mr. Darcy's Daughters' that I despaired of trying another P&P riff again, but I'm so glad I paid attention to the positive online postings. This was modern, to be sure, but it was very satisfying. Maybe readers in Austen's time or people smarter than me could absorb all of the greatness of the context of P&P, but I for one was glad to have a modern mind take a spin at figuring out such a gallant hero. Come on, we've all seen the movies and have our favorite Darcy in mind. It was great for me to picture my favorite movie Darcy in this novel to gain a little more of his side of the story. No doubt Austen left the minutiae of his character to our imaginations on purpose, but this was a satisfying imagination of another side to P&P. I hope I am not disappointed with the author's remaining two books on this subject, because this one was so satisfying to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This volume seems to continue the Austen tradition of parody - reminded me of Northanger Abby - Mr Darcy's ill- advised acceptance of the invitation to the castle and the parody of the gothic romances gave me a chuckle!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was just going to be another lame attempt at a sequel to Pride and Prejudice. It was absolutely amazing. I loved it and could not put it down. I read this and Duty and Desire (2nd in series) in about 3 days time. I find myself getting really upset that the 3rd book, These Three Remain, isn't to come out until this winter. I strongly suggest these books for a wonderful read. True, it isn't a sequel, but the series eventually ends up with christmas at Pemberley long after the end of Pride and Prejudice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book a major disappointment. I could hardly stay awake to read the whole thing. With the reviews I have read online about the book I expected to actually enjoy at least one sentence of this book, but alas the disappointment was impending after the turning of each page. The high expectations I had for the book made me even madder at my own stupidity. I cannot even imagine what would go through Jane Austen's mind after reading a book based on her elegant story telling of true romance. I shall never forgive the author for tainting such a classic piece of literature. I hope no one will feel as much distress, disgust, or saddness after this sorry excuse for a book as I no one deserves that. I feel much appalled on behalf of all Jane Austen purist. Tis a true tragedy that cannot be fixed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was sure that I was going to be disappointed in this book because it had alot to live up to, but since I was intrigued by the subject matter, I thought I would give it a shot. It was a delightful surprise. Aidan's development of the character of Darcy is thoroughly believable, and she stays true to P&P by weaving her story in a very Austen-esque way. This book should not disappoint Darcy fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this book is an interesting continuation of the first installment in the series (which I LOVED), I don't believe it's an accurate portrayal of Mr. Darcy. Austen's Darcy would have never considered Sayre's invitation, and there really is no way he would have allowed such rediculous happenings as went on at the castle. Also, the air of Pride and Prejudice wasn't in this book. In fact, there were times when I felt more like I was reading a Nancy Drew book! Duty and Desire is only really good if you're not an Austen purist; most of this book is unneccesary and could have and should have been left for another book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really think the author went too far with her depiction of Darcy. His character is unattractively stiff rumped and I really don't see him getting into the situations the author puts him in. I hope she has him 'loosen up' a bit in the next book. I really enjoyed the first book and I am waiting to read the next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this second book of the series, the prose is once again a dead-on imitation of Austen's style and structure. However, this volume adds nothing to the illustration of Darcy's character that was not already shown us in book one, and the repeated fevered torments he undergoes regarding his feelings for Elizabeth get a bit old with the repetitions. The episode of 'intrigue' at the country house party goes on far too long, and puts Darcy through some situations that I dare say the original version of the character never would have tolerated. I very much look forward to the third volume, but this one can be skipped without having missed much along the way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MS AIDAN TAKES US INTO THE WORLD OF ENGLAND AND THE VERY MIND AND SOUL OF DARCY. IT FOLLOWS THE ORIGINAL P&P STORYLINE. SHE GIVES GREAT DEPTHS INTO THE PSYCHE TO REVEAL HOW SOMEONE WOULD BE WILLING TO CHANGE FOR THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE AND HOW HE RECONCILES HIS DUTY TO HIS NEEDS. IT GOES WELL BEYOND THE SOAP OPERA MENTALITY AND REVEALS HIS GROWTH AND MORE ABOUT WHAT FAITH AND INTEGRITY MEANS TO HIM. IT ALSO INTRODUCES MORE CHARACTERS THAT MAKES FOR EXCELLENT READING. HIS SISTER'S CHARACTER IS DEVELOPED EXTENSIVELY AND MORE INSIGHT IS GIVEN AS TO WHY SHE ACTED AS SHE DID.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am always a little careful when it comes to continuations of any Jane Austen novel... but this series of books are absolutly the best. I'm almost done with the second one, and cannot wait until the third comes out this winter!! I would recommend them to anybody who even slightly enjoyed P&P.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After having read 'An Assembly Such as This,' I couldn't wait to read its sequel. Although Part 2 had to be made up out of whole cloth, due to Darcy's absence in P&P at this point, Ms Aiden writes with creativity and wit to fill in the missing parts of Darcy's life. It is so good that, even though we all know the ending, there is some suspense about whether he will actually end up with another. I am climbing the walls waiting for the third installment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book truly expands our view of Darcy's world, and covers the time from just after his leaving Netherfield in November to his arrival at Rosings for Easter. We meet his relatives, friends and loyal staff (all of whom would make good characters for future series!)while seeing the daily routine and obligations of the young gentleman. There are wonderful insights into Darcy's thinking as he tries to forget Elizabeth, but cannot. The author also cleverly weaves in a Gothic story element that is a tribute to Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. I highly recommend this series and have bought copies for friends. You will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...then you must read this first volume! Pamela Aidan brings Darcy alive again in this well-written 'behind the scenes' account of Pride and Prejudice, told from Darcy's side. You will understand Darcy's aloofness, and his vulnerability, and be treated to a detailed account of the life of a gentleman in Regency England. This is the best P & P sequel I have read yet, and I am patiently waiting for more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author captures the complexities and subtleties of Mr. Darcy's character and gives the reader plausible insight into the workings of his inner mind and the demands placed on a man of his station. If you love Austen Don't miss reading this novel because this author has done her homework. An absolute delight and I anxiously await the next 2 books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great idea!!! What a great way to give all those who love the characters of Pride & Prejudice new insight into the character of Mr. Darcy. The book is true to the writing style of Jane Austen, who I think would be proud to call Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, her own.