Presumption: An Entertainment: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice

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A firm fix on Austen's style and a finely tuned ear for her barbed dialogue...even the persnickety Miss Austen would approve. DSChicago Tribune

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Aside from the intelligence native to its title, this continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice has little to commend it. Barrett (the pseudonym of writers Julia Braun Kessler and Gabrielle Donnelly) essentially reassigns the plights of Austen's characters. Thus Darcy's sister, Georgiana--Barrett's heroine--prejudges an honorable fellow even as she is dazzled by the duplicitous, Wickham-like Captain Heywood. This dastardly fellow hooks up with Wickham himself in an extortion scheme whereby Elizabeth's aunt Philips is imprisoned on charges of shoplifting. Haughty Caroline Bingley, running off with Heywood, implausibly enacts the role previously assigned to Lydia, while Georgiana (of course) finds solace for her wounded heart with aforesaid honorable fellow. Elizabeth, almost a minor figure, is rarely allowed to simply speak: she ``cries, '' ``says smiling'' or even ``cries . . .with sparkling eyes'' her various utterances. Arch and cumbersomely worded pseudo-aphorisms take the place of Austen's witty comments. The real presumption here is not the attempt to reincarnate Elizabeth, Darcy et al., but the titling of the work ``an entertainment.'' Readers will more likely cringe. (Nov.)
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Presumption , Barrett's skillfully styled sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice , continues the story of the Bennet, Bingley, Wickham, Darcy, and Collins families, focusing mainly on Georgiana Darcy without, however, neglecting the other colorful characters. Georgiana, sister to the formidable Darcy, is suffering from past romantic indiscretions and is determined to remain more rational in her reactions to masculine attention. However, she soon finds her thoughts turning with alarming frequency to a dashing naval officer as well as to the talented architect her brother has hired. Meanwhile, her irrepressible sister-in-law copes with supercilious friends and neighbors--a task made more difficult by the continuing vulgarity of her mother and the imprisonment of her aunt. Barrett expertly captures Austen's ironic voice and subject matter in a book that is sure to delight and intrigue most Austen devotees. Highly recommended.-- Cynthia Johnson, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, Mass.
Denise Perry Donavin
Julia Braun Kessler and Gabrielle Donnelly, writing under the pseudonym Julia Barrett, have been presumptuous enough to write a sequel to Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". Writing in a neat imitation of Austen's style, the novelists make stunning observations on social clashes and insert cunning references to events in the original to refresh readers' memories. The marriage of Elizabeth Bennett to Charles Darcy is still a sore point in the upper circles, and a family crisis--the arrest of a Bennett aunt for shoplifting--adds fuel to the gossip's fire. Dramatic plotting moves an initially slow story along at so brisk a pace that one hopes for yet another sequel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871317360
  • Publisher: M.Evans & Company
  • Publication date: 10/7/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    Definitely worth reading

    For those of us who want to continue reading about the sagas of the Bennett family, the marriages of Elizabeth and Darcy, and Jane & Bingley, and to find out what happened to the rest of the characters in Pride & Prejudice, this book gave an excellent follow-up plot of what foreseeably could have happened after we last left them. But even more than that, it was great that the author turned to a new character, Georgiana Darcy, and developed her storyline. I was not looking for a continuation of the Darcy/Bingley romance, or their married lives; and I was glad the author wrote about them in a secondary manner, but with enough details to satisfy those of us who loved them when we were reading Pride & Prejudice. Georgiana definitely had a lot of potential for development even from the earlier storyline and it was very smart for the author to show her romantic adventures against the backdrop of the characters that we all were familiar with. I definitely recommend this book and must admit that I read it in one sitting. The voice of the book was also very authentic to that time period.

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