These Three Remain (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, #3)
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These Three Remain (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #3)

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"…the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry."

With those devastating words, Fitzwilliam Darcy�s proposal to Elizabeth Bennet is thoroughly rejected and his character wholly condemned. These Three Remain traces Darcy�s painful journey of self-discovery in his quest to become the man he always hoped be would be. A chance meeting with Elizabeth at h

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 31st 2005 by Wytherngate Press
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Jenny
I am really reviewing the entire trilogy, since it is impossible to simply pick up one of these. As a rendering of Darcy's life during "Pride and Prejudice", Aidan does very well when she sticks to the plot set forth in P&P. Her portrayal of Darcy's character and inner life, and the fundamental changes in him after he is refused by Elizabeth, are well written and do the character justice. She also brings Georgiana to life very well, giving her a deeper dimension P&P does not allow, and a...more
Jared
Nov 24, 2011 Jared rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like Pride and Prejudice
The final installment of Pamela Aidan's adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice continues Mr. Darcy's confusion over and pursuit of Elizabeth Bennett, and comes to a satisfying and happy conclusion. The book is well written, and a little smoother than the first book in the trilogy (An Assembly Such as This).

I think a lot of men will find Mr. Darcy's emotional obsession with Elizabeth to be a little heavy-handed (consider Dave Barry's definitive treatise on the topic of male/female relati...more
Kim
While cleaning out a closet the other day, I came across two of the many books that have been published in recent years about the characters and story of "Pride and Prejudice." I had read them both a couple years ago. One ("Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife") was horrendous (basically a cheap romance novel in a puffed-up British accent), and the other one was very good--"An Assembly Such as This," the first in a Fitzwilliam Darcy trilogy written by librarian Pamela Aidan. Aidan's books chronicle and expand...more
Melissa
Jan 26, 2012 Melissa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: someone who doesn't mind the massacre of a classic
Shelves: 2012-challenge
Call me a purist. When you have a classic like Pride and Prejudice, and wonderfully complex characters in Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy, you don't mess with it. Unless your very intent is to "mess with it" (i.e. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - haven't read it, but sounds intriguing).

If your stated purpose in writing is to tell the same story from a different point of view, then tell the SAME STORY from a different point of view. Obviously, some gaps need to be filled in, since there'...more
Jen
Jan 30, 2008 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans
This book is the third in the "Fitwilliam Darcy, Gentleman" series, which I began over the Christmas holidays. I fell in love very quickly with the series, as it is based on Mr. Darcy, my favourite male character of Jane Austen's. And as a closet Jane Austen fan-fiction reader (well, I guess I’m not so much in the closet now), I could not help but be enamored with this book.

The series covers the same period of time that Jane Austen used in Pride and Prejudice, but instead of Elizabeth as the mai...more
Christina
These Three Remain is the third book in the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy and by far my favorite. Aidan created a Darcy that made sense, a feat few Pride & Prejudice “FanFiction” stories have accomplished. In part because, in my opinion, she had a good sense of who Darcy was as a whole person, how he thought, what drove him to do the things he did, the type of brother and friend he was. So many others just steal all of the conversations from Austen and then add in the thoughts they th...more
K.
Reread series 5/13
Enjoyed again immensely. This time appreciated the familial relationships, particularly Darcy & Georgiana. Reread the real thing at same time and felt, again, that all in all, Aidan did a pretty fair job of recreating.
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This book takes Darcy from Elizabeth's rejection to just beyond the end of "Pride & Prejudice."

The thing I liked the very best about this book is that Darcy's biggest problem with what Elizabeth said about him at the rejection was that he did not beha...more
Debora
Bellissima conclusione di questa fedele interpretazione del romanzo Orgoglio e Pregiudizio visto dal punto di vista di Mr. Darcy.
In alcuni punti ho trovato Darcy leggermente fuori dal tracciato lasciato da Miss Austen, forse troppo damerino o, meglio, fin troppo aperto ad esporre i suoi sentimenti ad amici e servitori.

Bella la figura di Fletcher, che rappresenta in un certo senso la "coscienza" inconsapevole del suo signore.

Molto affascinante, anche se poco credibile, il personaggio di Dy, l'ami...more
PJ
I don't have anything to say except I cried like a ninny at the end. I didn't want this to end. What's funny is it had nothing to do with Elizabeth, I just loved seeing P&P through Darcy's eyes. How he came to find fault in his actions and set out to change his behavior. How he fixed on Elizabeth and couldn't imagine how to be with her or without her. I loved the detail of the embroidered threads he carried about. I loved the glimpses into society, and class, and character. Yes, I agree that...more
Brigid
Jan 30, 2008 Brigid rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoyed Pride & Prejudice.
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Debbie
This was the best of the series!! I loved getting Darcy's point of view on the refused proposal and his taking inventory of his personality. He has a much more expressed love for Elizabeth in this book than Jane Austin displays from Elizabeth toward him in Pride and Prejudice. I Love That!!! It's also fun to learn the behind the scenes of the Wickam/Lydia story and his fixing the Bingley/Jane situation. Although I only read 1/2 of the second book - I didn't feel like I missed out on too much goi...more
Danelle
What a remarkable little series. An Assembly Such As This, Duty and Desire, and These Three Remain are the story of Fitzwilliam Darcy, basically Pride and Prejudice: his side. I can't write a review on this series without at least a nod to the Jane Austen classic, likewise, I can't imagine anyone being drawn to the series without first having read the aforementioned. (But, if you are considering doing just that, let me stongly, strongly urge you not to. Really, read Pride and Prejudice).

I went g...more
Ruth
In These Three Remain, Pamela Aidan concludes her exploration of the enigmatic Fitzwilliam Darcy's character by returning to the familiar action of the last third of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Alternately entranced and infuriated by his inexplicable attraction to Elizabeth Bennet, Darcy journeys to his aunt's home, the formidable Lady Catherine, intent on immersing himself in his work as her business advisor. However, his intentions to honor his social position and family rather than "su...more
Sarah
This is a comment on the entire Pamela Aidan trilogy ("An Assembly Such as This," "Duty and Desire" and "These Three Remain"). The trilogy takes place during the timeframe of Jane Austen's novel, "Pride and Prejudice". It is Mr. Darcy's perspective on all the events—from the dance at the Meryton Assembly Room to the finale. She goes more in depth into what Mr. Darcy's thoughts and feelings would have been. She also creates some additional story lines that are incorporated very nicely into the we...more
steph
"To her, he was the last man; for him, she seemed the only woman. Could fate have fashioned a more perfect twist or held him in any more derision?" -pg 148.

I wish I could put into words how much I adore this book. I started reading all the Jane Austen's sequels and AU's and spin off's probably about five or six years ago and haven't stop since. Some of them are good, some are okay and some make you want to stab your eyes out with a fork at the careless regard done to these beloved characters. Bu...more
Caitlin
Ok, Pam...can I call you Pam? Let's have a little chat, shall we?

If you want to write trashy romance novels, then you just go right ahead and write some trashy romance novels. No one will judge. Promise, there is plenty of readership to support that genre. But whatever you do, please, PLEASE, keep that stuff away from my Jane Austen. I mean, I gave you a chance, the first book in the series was decent enough to make me want to read the second. The second book was aweful...really, just plain usel...more
Beth
I so enjoyed the first book, then so disliked the second. I was hoping the last book in the trilogy would wipe away my memories of the second, but, alas, there was Lady Sylvanie again.

Even Darcy started to get on my nerves, and I've always had great patience with him. Another Goodreads member commented on his endless ablutions and by the time I closed this book I had to agree. By this third book there were no fresh ways to describe Darcy's bathing rituals, or his beloved's eyes. I was glad to b...more
Shannon
Aidan is back to a much better storyline with this book. I particularly enjoyed (besides Fletcher) seeing her version of Darcy dealing with Lydia running off. There are parts of the book that go on too long, but she did a fairly decent job of showing what went on in Darcy's mind during and after Elizabeth's rejection of him.

Although he's a bit off track, I also like Dyfed Brougham; although, I recognize there's absolutely no need for him--he's just a fun character, like Fletcher, is--something t...more
Marian
Despite the disappointing second book, I read this final book in the series. It was much better than the second but still not as good as the first. I like the detail in Mr. Darcy's relationship with is sister, Georgianna. I liked Mr. Darcy's determination to earn back Elizabeth's good opinion once he realized he loved her. I did not like, however, his college friend who is also a spy. Why did he have to be a spy? Again, not in keeping with Jane Austin's story.
Danielle
In this final installment of Aidan's Mr. Darcy, Gentleman trilogy, readers continue with the familiar story line of Pride and Prejudice, thankfully leaving behind (mostly) the absurdities of the second book. I was disappointed that Aidan did not dedicate some pages to life for the Darcys after marriage and felt that room could have been easily made with the cutting of several incidents that bring the events of the second book to mind as well as the "surprise" (not really) revelation that we get...more
Jennifer Folsom
Too much love sick whining! I found the pace too slow for my taste and it became very laborious. I didn't think the author was true to a masculine mind and thought Darcy's growth process and internal dialogue too dominant in the book. I did enjoy the other prospective of the Bennett scandal and of the happy ending we all love.
Jaime B
I gave this book a shot, but I just wasn't that into it. Mr. Darcy was way more schmoopy about Elizabeth Bennett than any man ever would be...Not worth the time or money. I would say skip the whole trilogy and just buy the BBC television mini series off of Amazon for $6.99... Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy... Love!
Mindy
I really like how this book fills in some of the dialogue holes. In Pride and Prejudice sometimes Jane Austen just summarizes the dialogue,when I really want to know what was said. She fills in the gaps, which makes the book really fun even though you know what is going to happen.
Erin
2.5 stars... there was some great stuff in here, but mostly the stuff that annoyed me stood out. Georgiana constantly had "tears springing to her eyes" and Darcy's total obsession with Elizabeth was too.... something. My brain is not working right now. And I finished this a week ago.
R.C. Matthews
I enjoyed the third book of the series every bit as much as the first book. It was delightful to read the story of Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of Mr. Darcy. I absolutely loved how the author filled in the time period between when Mr. Darcy proposed to Elizabeth and when they met again a few months later at Pemberly. The relationship between Mr. Darcy and his sister Georgiana is lovely and the antics of his valet Fletcher continues to entertain. Also, the details behind how Mr. Darcy...more
Shannon
Downgrade to two stars because a story that took Austen 250 pages to write shouldn't take anybody else 700.
Melinda
Mr. Darcy's version in this book is such a whiner not like the original Jane Austen version.
Carolyn
I thoroughly enjoyed this series based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. This last part of the trilogy was particularly good in that it filled in many of the gaps in the original story, including Darcy's dealings with Wickham after the villain seduced Lydia Bennet. Although Austen developed Darcy enough for the reader to understand his feelings and faults, reading the story from Darcy's point of view made him a much fuller character. The author remained true to Austen's style, and the charac...more
Carmen8094
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LeiAnn
When I think of Pride and Prejudice<\i>, this is the story I see in my head. The previous two books deal with very little of the real plot. In this final installment, Aidan shows us Darcy's view from his ill-conceived proposal at Rosings to a double wedding in the end.

While I still maintain that the original has more in its less than 200 pages than this 3-volume interpretation, I did enjoy this last book the best by far. In fact, I'm not even sure the first two books were necessary at all
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Pamela Aidan grew up in small towns outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She graduated from high school with the desire to be a history teacher, but changed her major to Library Science after her first year at college.Later, she earned a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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