Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World

by Abigail Reynolds


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ISBN-13: 9781402229473
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Series: Pride and Prejudice Variation Series
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 652,224
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Abigail Reynolds is a physician and a lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast. She began writing The Pride and Prejudice Variations series in 2001, and encouragement from fellow Austen fans convinced her to continue asking "What if…?" She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Madison, Wisconsin.

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"In a moment, when we leave the trees, you will be able to see the house," said Mr. Darcy. "There it is, across the valley—Pemberley House."

Elizabeth smiled at him dutifully, then looked out the window of the carriage to where he was pointing. The house was large and handsome, even at this distance, and its situation on a rising hill above the water was lovely. Of course, she had expected as much, having heard its praises sung by Miss Bingley as well as Darcy himself. In other circumstances, she might have been delighted by it.

She became aware that his eyes were upon her awaiting her response. Obediently, she turned to him and said, "It is lovely, sir. I do not believe I have ever seen a house more fortunately situated."

His face warmed with pleasure, and Elizabeth hurriedly looked out the window again, pretending to examine the nearer aspects of the house as they drove along a stream which wound its way downhill. There was no denying the beauty of the park. It would be some consolation to have such fine-looking grounds to wander through whenever she wished.

The driver called out to the horses as they pulled up in front of the house. Darcy stepped out immediately, then turned to offer his hand to Elizabeth. She placed her own upon it, accepting his support as she stepped down, then allowed him to bring her hand to his lips for an intimate caress.

There was no point, after all, in pretending he did not have the right or that he had not spent the previous night taking every imaginable liberty with her body. She had no reason to complain; he had been kind and gentle, but after a second long day of travel, her spirits were flagging, and she found the pretence of happiness more difficult to sustain.

He did not release her hand, and eventually she glanced up at him to find a slight smile upon his lips. "Welcome to Pemberley, Mrs. Darcy," he said with evident satisfaction. To Elizabeth's relief, the rooms and furnishings of Pemberley house showed more restraint and true elegance than she had expected. She had tried to imagine living in an even grander and ore ostentatious version of Rosings; at least her surroundings would be more pleasant than that. It demonstrated more good taste on Mr. Darcy's part than she would have anticipated. In all fairness, she had to admit there had been no reason to think he lacked taste beyond the garishness of his aunt's residence. Nothing about his appearance, from his frock coats to his horses, was ever lacking. She schooled herself to remember how little she knew this man who was her husband. It was imperative that she learn to grant him the benefit of the doubt if they were not both to be unhappy.

She was greeted respectfully by the housekeeper, Mrs. Reynolds. The household appeared to be excellently managed; she could have no complaints in that regard. The servants were deferential without being obsequious, and Darcy appeared genuinely glad to see some of them.

Finally, he asked if she would like to see her rooms. Hoping for the chance to refresh herself, she agreed and followed him through a maze of corridors to a large, well-lit suite. Darcy closed the door behind them and took her into his arms. It was something she had become accustomed to, and in general it no longer made her uncomfortable, but after the intimacies of the previous night, it felt like an intrusion. She would learn to bear it.

If only she could have a few minutes to herself! She had barely been out of his company since she walked into the church the previous day. It was a long time to play the role of the contented wife without an intermission.

Finally, in desperation, she suggested to him that she needed a little rest, and he reluctantly departed, promising to see her shortly at dinner. As the door closed, leaving her alone at last, her façade visibly collapsed, her shoulders slumping in despair. Surely this would become easier with time. She lay down on the bed—larger than any she had ever slept in before—to which she was supposed to welcome her new husband. Tears of loneliness and fatigue slipped down her face.

How had her life come to this? If only she had paid more attention to Darcy's puzzling behaviour when they first met and then later at Rosings, perhaps she might have prevented it. But that was useless speculation. There was nothing left but to make the best of it.

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Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
Since I'm so attached to Lizzy and Darcy, naturally this book absorbed every bit of my attention. I liked how it switched from Elizabeth to Darcy's viewpoint and it was fun to see how each one thought of each other and what they thought after their quarrels. Sometimes it made me just want to smack myself because they just couldn't see eye to eye and you wanted to jump in and become the middle person in their arguements. Then there were parts where I wanted both of them in their own corners as if they were children and misbehaving. It was just filled with such emotional conflicts that you weren't sure how to feel towards both of them. There were also times where I just heaved a sigh of frustration because it just wasn't working out and it felt as if it was one thing after another and you're left with saying: "Oh jeez, now what???" but, I liked it. This book was excellent on tugging emotions left, right and center. I really liked both Elizabeth and Darcy in this book. Their character development was great. What I thought most interesting was, Georgiana, who wasn't really much in the book developed in character as well I actually liked that considering we don't really hear much about her anyway. However, naturally the main character development is within Elizabeth and Darcy and they develop nicely. Plotwise, I'd have to say there really isn't much of one. The real main focus is the development of the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy. This might not sit well with others as plot driven novels can be essential to the story. I didn't mind, I was too engrossed in their relationship and what they went through to really pay attention to having no plot. The one thing that did bother me about the novel was Elizabeth's behavior. Where was her wit? her comments that had the subtle sarcasm that was her trademark? where was her inner strength and her ability to think things through clearly and cleverly? to me, Elizabeth wasn't really Elizabeth it was like as if that part of her personality was wrenched out from her. I wasn't really too crazy about this new Elizabeth in this book but I went along with it. There were parts in the book where she engaged in her banter with Darcy but it just wasn't the same. It bugged me but not the the extent that I had to stop the book and quit it altogether. There are a few romance scenes in here, but I was willing to read it through. It was acceptable for a non romance reader like me. Overall, if Elizabeth's personality change doesn't bother even the most hard core of Austen readers out there, then by all means pick this up. It'll tear you to pieces with emotions, that I can guarantee you. You either wanted to reach out to either confort or lecture these two. This is a great Jane Austen "What if" question, and a great novel to add to your Austen sequel collection.
xoxkim2000xox More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. I loved it because it took a different approach to Pride and Prejudice then other variations or sequels. Having Lizzie forced to marry Darcy before she realized she loved him was great (although it was sad when he found out she didn't love him). Watching them grow to realize they were perfect for each other was a wonderful reading experience. Those who read Pride and Prejudice sequels obviously do it for their love of Lizzie and Darcy. It was nice to read a refreshing different approach to their love story. I read this all in one sitting. I definitely recommend reading it!
lizziebeth More than 1 year ago
The last Abigail Reynolds book I read was terrrible! I almost didn't buy this one, but I'm thankful the good reviews and sale price made me give in. By far this is one of my favorite P&P spin offs. Loved the twist of events from the original. Of course I must point out a negative. Once again Ms. Reynolds had to make the bedroom a little too steamy for my taste. At one point I had to minimize the font in fear that someone would read over my shoulder. It felt like I was reading a book with Fabio on the cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading I wasn't sure I would like it, but then it really got going, and I was completely hooked! It was a real page turner, and the writer has a wonderful grasp of the characters. I've read a number of Pride and Prejudice alternate reality books, and this is my favorite! I highly recommend it! I also recommend the third book in the Pamela Aiden series from Darcy's perspective regarding Elizabeth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only reason I didn't read this a 4th time was that I had to get it back to the library in 14 days. And I should state that I never re-read books. I did need to go back and read Pride and Prejudice again, as I hadn't in several years, but this book is very true to the "essence" of the original characters and maintains the frustration and thrill of the original plot. Yet, it is intriguing to see what would happen to the characters you fell in love with, had they chosen a different path in the original book. Having read other P&P novels (including the dreadful Lathan ones), this is where you should be if you love Austen's characters and want to continue to "spend time" with them.
Shellyjj More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting take on Mr. Darcy's first proposal in "Pride and Prejudice." Here, Elizabeth is forced, against her better judgment, to accept Mr. Darcy and they end up married, with him besotted and her barely managing to play the dutiful wife. While this booked lacked the sparkle and wit of Ms. Reynold's "Impulse and Initiative" variation, it was still a good read that I devoured in one sitting. The good points: I think that based on what happened here, and knowing the past not related pulled from P&P, Lizzy and Darcy did act fairly as expected. Another review said that Lizzy was out of character, but her actions are explained by her anger at her situation and her lack of comprehension of Darcy's affection and her place at Pemberly. In order to settle into her position and to keep herself from upsetting her husband and entering into arguments with him, she stays quiet when they are together and loses her livlihood. This causes Darcy distress, of course, but for much of the book the two are too proud and presumptuous to talk to each other, which is true to the original as well. I wish that less of the book had focused on misunderstanding and silent seething, but in this variation (that being the key word), it works. I truly feel that this would be a likely scenario if Elizabeth had married, against her will, a man she did not understand and whose love for her she could not fathom. The bad: In a word, Georgiana. What possessed Ms. Reynolds to portray her as she does is a great mystery. Georgiana's words and behaviors, even with the explanations given, are so out of character and incomprehensible that I felt it was like reading about a new sister, not the shy, injured one was expect. Her presence and thoughts add little to the story, although the scene where Lizzy sets her right was enjoyable. All in all, if you love P&P and want to see what might have happeened, if ... then give this a try.
gl More than 1 year ago
In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennett tells the proud Fitzwilliam Darcy that she wouldn't marry him if he was the last man in the world. Abigail Reynolds's Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World, she asks the question, "What if Elizabeth hadn't refused Darcy? What would their story have been like if she had said yes?" The book builds on this interesting premise. Even though Lizzie Bennett has agreed to marry Darcy, she still carries her uncertainties and doubts. George Wickham's insinuations are still unanswered at the time of the wedding and Lizzie hasn't formed a good opinion of Darcy. In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Fitzwiliam Darcy is particularly interesting: It is clear that he loves Lizzie but he doesn't know her well. It never occurred to Darcy that Lizzie Bennett would refuse his proposal or that she wouldn't be honored and excited to become Mrs. Darcy. The two discover that they'd been blind in their own ways and as Lizzie and Darcy gradually see beyond their prejudices and expectations, they find love. Overall, I found Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World a fun read. The Lizzie Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy seemed to be closer my own impressions of Jane Austen's characters and thoroughly likeable. I enjoyed the ups and downs of their love story and its satisfying conclusion. ISBN-10: 140222947X - Paperback Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (January 1, 2010), 256 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher.
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BookLuvr61 More than 1 year ago
Excellent read! My eyes stung with tears more than once as I read this book. One cannot help but feel for both Lizzy and Fitzwilliam. Though all turns out well in the end, the journey is intense. One just can't keep from wanting to shake them both out of frustration.
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Kendoitall More than 1 year ago
I loved it!  I have read other sequels but this is by far my favorite.  What if...are huge words and this perspective answers it wonderfully. I loved the character development of some of the lesser discussed characters. Wickam and Lydia, Georgianna, Col. Fitzwilliam, and even the staff at Pemberley. Well done!
kyd123 More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Its not an Austen novel but it does a fine job of giving us Darcys point of view. Give it a try, I think you'll enjoy it!
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What if Elizabeth said yes the first time?
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Good writing style. Good finish to the original pand p.
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