Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued

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As Jane Austen's beloved novel Pride and Prejudice comes to a close, Elizabeth Bennet proudly announces her engagement to Mr. Darcy, boasting, "We are to be the happiest couple in the world." But after the nuptials, can a marriage between two people as strong-willed as Elizabeth and Darcy survive? With all the wit and style of Jane Austen, Emma Tennant brilliantly imagines both the perils and pleasure of such a marriage.
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Overview

As Jane Austen's beloved novel Pride and Prejudice comes to a close, Elizabeth Bennet proudly announces her engagement to Mr. Darcy, boasting, "We are to be the happiest couple in the world." But after the nuptials, can a marriage between two people as strong-willed as Elizabeth and Darcy survive? With all the wit and style of Jane Austen, Emma Tennant brilliantly imagines both the perils and pleasure of such a marriage.
It's now a year after the wedding, and the time has come for Elizabeth and Darcy to invite their families to visit Pemberley--but not without trepidation, for any gathering that includes both Mrs. Bennet and Lady Catherine de Bourgh must occasion gaffes and hurt feelings. And when Darcy becomes increasingly distant and Elizabeth falls prey to vicious gossip, the forces of pride and prejudice are at work once again in this "eminently enjoyable" continuation of Pride and Prejudice (Los Angeles Times).

An irresistible return to the world of Jane Austen's most popular novel and the heroine she called her favorite. Austen's classic novel carried Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy through courtship and to the altar; Tennant picks up their story with an elegant and remarkably satisfying look at what might have happened after the wedding.

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Editorial Reviews

Denise Perry Donavin
In yet another entry in the "Pride and Prejudice" sequel skirmishes, Tennant pursues the fates of the Bennetts after Elizabeth's marriage to Mr. Darcy. Mr. Bennett has died, and his widow is aflutter with the possibility of remarriage. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is pining over her infertility, and her sister Jane is expecting her second child any day. As a historical romance, this novel is OK, though it's marred by an abrupt trumped-up ending. As a sequel to Austen's masterpiece, "Pemberley" is a very distant relation--one even the kindhearted Elizabeth would probably not deign to recognize. A far better sequel attempt was "Presumption" by Julia Barrett.
From the Publisher

"The text virtually breathes Jane Austen." ---The New York Times Book Review

"Authentic and convincing." ---Lady Antonia Fraser

"In Pemberley, the characters of Pride and Prejudice do live on." ---Arkansas Democrat Gazette

"A remarkably close approximation of the Austen style and stance." ---The Christian Science Monitor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780708988268
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Series: Charnwood Large Print Series
  • Pages: 272

Meet the Author

Emma Tennant, who grew up in England and Scotland hearing about her family's connection to Jane Austen (her elder half-brother was descended from Jane Austen's brother Edward Knight), is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of numerous distinguished novels.

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Pemberley



Or Pride and Prejudice Continued



By Tennant, Emma


St. Martin's Griffin



Copyright © 2006

Tennant, Emma

All right reserved.


ISBN: 0312361793



Chapter One 

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a married man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a son and heir.
 
So at least are the sentiments of all those related on both sides of the family; and there are others, besides, who might do better to keep their tongues from wagging on the fecundity or otherwise of a match.
 
"My dear Mrs Bennet," said Mrs Long one day to her friend, who was newly removed from Longbourn since the death of her husband, "do not you have a happy event to look forward to? I expect daily to hear news of your daughter Elizabeth and the charming Mr Darcy. I am most surprised to have heard nothing yet."
 
Mrs Bennet replied that she was not accustomed to hear from her daughter every day of the week.
 
"The news of an impending arrival in the family need only be communicated once," said Mrs Long. "Unless," she added after some reflection, "a girl is born first, and then there will need to be further communications, to be sure."
 
"My dear Mrs Long," said Mrs Bennet, who was accustomed to these taunts but was still unable to bear them, "I have enough to do, settling into this small house with only Mary to keep me company; and she is always in the library, as poor Mr Bennet was, when we were atLongbourn. I have no time for such speculations."
 
"You show all the courage in the world," replied Mrs Long; "and this is well known at Meryton. To have your home taken from you when you have many years to live yet . . ."
 
"And two daughters still unmarried," said Mrs Bennet, glad to find herself in a conversation more agreeable to her. "For even if Kitty does stay with my dear Jane at Barlow, and with Lizzy at Pemberley, the girl is unmarried and may return here any day now, to eat me out of house and home."
 
Mrs Long remarked that the entail of Longbourn to a distant male cousin, Mr Collins, had been a great misfortune to the Bennet family; and she remarked again that Mrs Bennet's fortitude and bravery in removing from her home was noted by the whole neighbourhood.
 
"I am very well provided for here," said Mrs Bennet, who did not care for the excessive sympathy of the neighbourhood. "Mr Darcy has been most generous, as you know, and has enabled me to buy this house. Mr Bennet, I am sorry to say, made no provision for his wife and daughters."
 
"To have Mr Darcy as a son-in-law must be wonderful indeed," said Mrs Long. "You must feel truly indebted to him, for none of us can see that you would have had a roof over your head if your Elizabeth had not married a man with a generous nature and ten thousand a year."
 
"On the contrary," cried Mrs Bennet, who again disliked the way in which Mrs Long turned the conversation, "it is Mr Darcy who must be indebted to me."
 
Copyright 1993 by Emma Tennant. All rights reserved.


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As Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice comes to a close, Elizabeth Bennet proudly announces her engagement to Mr. Darcy, boasting, “We are to be the happiest couple in the world.” But after the nuptials, can a marriage between two people as strong-willed as Elizabeth and Darcy survive? With all the wit and style of Jane Austen, Emma Tennant brilliantly imagines both the perils and pleasure of such a marriage.

It’s now a year after the wedding, and the time has come for Elizabeth and Darcy to invite their families to visit Pemberley—but not without trepidation, for any gathering that includes both Mrs. Bennet and Lady Catherine de Bourgh must occasion gaffes and hurt feelings. And when Darcy becomes increasingly distant and Elizabeth falls prey to vicious gossip, the forces of pride and prejudice are at work once again in this “eminently enjoyable” continuation of Pride and Prejudice (Los Angeles Times).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2006

    Hmmmm...

    Not a good sequal to P&P. The story tends to jump around too much, sometimes it's a bit jarring. The rhythm of the story took some time to get used to. The author made Lizzy out to be much more of a worrier than I think she ever would be. Without giving away too much of the story I can't imagine why she wouldn't confront Darcy, why she wouldn't fight for her marriage and relationship. The one highlight I enjoyed was the author finally gave poor Mary some attention. The story finally began to pick up speed just in time to come to a halt with 2 pages left to sum up the entire story and plot line. Not what I expected at all. If you're like me and read everything about a subject than read it, but there are better stories out there with the 'happily ever after' I think Jane intended for Darcy and Lizzy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    Who is THIS Elizabeth??

    I had high hopes for this book, and I was not too disappointed for the first part of the story. There are some nice scenes with Lizzy and Darcy early on... but it descends rapidly into something unrecognizable. The character of Elizabeth (Bennet) Darcy in particular is disappointing. In this installment, she is just as silly and empty-headed as her sisters at times. She isn't the only character who the author failed to capture... what did she do to Georgiana Darcy?!?! What happened to the shy, sweet young lady who was devoted to her brother and, Jane Austen implies, later her sister-in-law? I didn't like the mean-spiritedness of her character in this book at all. But most disturbing are the depths that Lizzy falls to, while convincing herself that Darcy doesn't love her, based on nothing more than some vicious rumors and comments made by Miss Bingley, Lady de Burgh, and Miss de Burgh. Since when does Elizabeth care what they think? Austen's Elizabeth is too smart and level-headed to bear any resemblance to the character in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2006

    Blah

    Nothing like the original Jane Austen novel. I bought it looking forward to a sequal to a book I really enjoyed. What I got was a bunch of nonsense. The characters didn't act like themselves at all, the events made little sense to what the real characters would do and the book left me confused about the ending where the author ended the conflict in about 3 or so pages with little explanation as to why it ended that way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2007

    Best Used As Firewood

    I am certainly no Austen expert, but I can tell you that I was overwhelmingly annoyed by the blatant incorrect facts. This novel is simply ridiculous. The timeline of events makes no sense, the social history terribly incorrect as well. Don't be sucked in by its cheaper price compared to the other sequels, avoid this book like the plague.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2006

    disappointing

    As my first sequel to Pride and Prejudice, this book was really diappointing. this author turns the opinionated, tempered and logical lizzy in to a crying basket case that didn't want to confront Darcy. in true lizzy spirit darcy would have had an earful of witty yet knowledgeable comebacks. Mr. Darcy's character was also a disappointment. he treated her like a pet, ignoring her most of the time until she needed petting. if this is what i can expect from other versions os a sequel then i'd better stop reading them now.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

    Disappointed

    I am a great Jane Austen fan; all of her work but especially P&P. I have enjoyed many of the works of other fans who have "continued" the story of our beloved Darcy and Elizabeth. However, this is hideous and does not even deserve the rating that it got. The other reviewer is right and I am seriously considering using it as kindling for a fire as I would prefer NOT having this in my own personal library.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    This author should not be permitted to use the title "Pemberley"

    I am a great fan of Jane Austen and have read and re-read Pride and Prejudice many times. I own several movie versions of the story and, although I enjoy them all, I have my preferences there. I was intrigued when I discovered that some authors had continued the story or written Darcy's-side versions. All of this has been fun and interesting.<BR/>All this is to explain why I was so furious when I read "Pemberley". Darcy and Elizabeth, as well as others, did not behave in ways that were congruent with their own characters as drawn by Miss Austen. There were "factual" discrepancies that I found disturbing, and the plot was a ridiculous melodrama of a sort that Miss Austen would have deplored when applied to her "children". My happpy anticipation soured to anger and disgust in the reading of it and I say "Pemberley" reeked!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2004

    TERRIBLE !!!!!

    This is the worst sequel to pride and prejudice and I have ever read. The way Mr.Darcy treats Elizabeth is as if he never loved her at all,not the Mr.Darcy we fell in love with.I would suggest that no one waste their time or money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2003

    Excessively Disappointing

    I have never read a book that I could not find at least one thing to make it worth reading, until now. I have read four different P&P sequels. They were all different and all enjoyable as a sequel, until now. This story did not stay true to the character's personalities nor the time frame it claimed to cover. These discrepencies would be apparant to anyone who had read Jane Austin's original. However, to cheer myself up I re-read my favorite P&P sequel, 'Excessively Diverted' by Juliette Shapiro. If you have the P&P sequel blues, give it a try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    What a Disappointment

    The author makes Elizabeth so weak and passive. I didn't understand her use of word choice and I thought the dialogue was nothing like the original.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2002

    What ever happened to Jane Austen's characters?

    I started badly with this book. The inaccuracies put me off. Jane Bennet seemed to have conceived an awful lot of children before marriage. I just didn't like it at all. I have enjoyed other Tennant titles but think she should leave Jane Austen's people alone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2002

    DON'T BOTHER

    THIS IS AN AWFUL SEQUEL. I WOULD RATE IT LESS THAN ONE STAR IF I COULD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001

    Utterly Disappointing!!

    I wonder what was the author thinking when she wrote this book. The main characters of the book Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth and her husband Darcy have been completely changed. How could she do that? I was so looking forward to read what happened to them afterwards and was excited to find that there was a sequel, but what a DISAPPOINTMENT it was!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2001

    'Wish I could give it less then 1 star'

    How utterly boring! I am writing this with Pride and Prejudice propped up against me and I feel sorry that Ms.Tennat (forgive the mis-spelling) could just change the lovable characters and turn them into babbling idiots and such foolishness like 'the lost son'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2000

    Not Good Enough

    This book is simply not good enough to be a sequel to such an original and outstanding work like Pride and Prejudice. The characters are meer shadows of the well developed characters of which Miss Austen originally wrote. I was heartily disappointed. The fiesty and intelligent Elizabeth Bennett is replaced by a neurotic and insecure version of the original character, and Mr. Darcy is a simpering idiot. There was simply nothing redeeming about this book whatsoever. Needless to say I do not suggest that you waste your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2000

    Dissapointing

    The book was ok, but the writer puts things in that Jane Austen would never have. Alot of things should not of happened, like first whats with this stupid Frenchwomen and Mr. Bingleys lost son and Elizabeth leaving Mr. Darcy that was unheard of, and all the other little things that happened in between. It was kind of sad to think that this book kind of gives a bad name to Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austens style of writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2000

    A Waste of My Time

    Being a serious Jane Austen fan, I felt it time to read sequels to my favorite, Pride and Prejudice. Unfortunately, I started with this book by Emma Tennant. It was a disappointment from the beginning. I could ignore the inconsistencies in the story (for example too many children for Lydia and Jane for so short a time married)but I could not ignore the way our dear heroine, Elizabeth Bennet was portrayed. In the original JA text, Lizzie was strong, confident, and an equal to her new husband Fitzwilliam Darcy. In Ms. Tennant's version, Pemberley, Lizzie comes off as a whining, immature child who is uncomfortable with who she is and who she married. I would not recommend this book to anyone. I have since read 'Letters from Pemberley' and highly recommend that book if you are looking for a good JA sequel.

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