Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, The Last Man in the World: A Pride and Prejudice Variation
The last man in the world she could be prevailed upon to marry…is her husband?
In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet tells the proud Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy that she wouldn't marry him if he were the last man in the world.
But what if she never said the words? What if circumstances conspired to make her accept Darcy the first time he proposes?
In this i...more
Like the two other novels by this author that I have read, the story begins on familiar ground at a certain point in Austen’s novel and then quickly takes a left turn—changing the course of the plot and the characters’ lives. In this case it starts at a very critical moment, the first pr ...more
I was very stunned as I read to discover how out of character Elizabeth and Darcy were. Elizabeth was no longer the witty, intelligent young woman she was in Austen's no ...more
Edit #2: Just read this again. It's the beginning of November. Appears every 2 months = reread... Every time, I see these HUGE flaws, and every time I just don't give a teeny, tiny fuck.
*This review turned out super short. There are things I thought I wanted to say, warnings I wanted to give, but nope. This is it. If you like Jane Austen, romance, or butterflies-in-stomach, pick this up.*
I think it sho ...more
Finished in ONE SITTING. Forgive me if I'm a little incoherent. Ummm....overall, predictable, because of course we know the outcome, but still very enjoyable. It is like a favorite chick flick feel good movie. U know there's gonna b a happy ending, but u still like torturing urself till the last possible moment. Maybe it's my penchant for massochism. Lol!
Anyways, to ...more
I primi capitoli sono divertimento allo stato puro: immaginatevi cosa sarebbe successo se Mr Darcy al colmo del suo orgoglio e della sua arroganza non avesse atteso una risposta da parte di Elizabeth alla sua proposta di matrimonio, ma, sicuro che ne ...more
Her eyes locked with her husband’s again. “I intend to put this knowledge to good use by waiting until he is deep in a book to confess any sins I have committed. Then I will have the pleasure of a clean conscience, and he will be none the wiser.”
Bingley said, “An excellent plan. Upon my honour, when Darcy is reading, Bonaparte and all his army could come charging through with sabres drawn, and he would take no notice!”
The above quote about Mr. Dar ...more
The plot begins with Elizabeth visiting Charlotte and Mr. Collins at Husford. While she walks through the gardens she comes across Darcy who, after a brief chat, asks her to marry him and kisses her without waiting for her answer. Startled by his behaviour, Elizabeth is resolved to reproach Mr. Darcy but ...more
Maybe I'm being unfair. It's really my fault for even picking up another Pride and Prejudice continuation/expansion novel. Out of the five or six I've picked up now, I'm only even sort of enjoyed one. No one can write Jane Austen like Jane Austen, so why do I keep trying?
I knew I was going to hate this novel, which explores the "What If?" scenario of Elizabeth "accepting" Darcy's first proposal, from the very first page. On this first page, Lizzy "dutifully" smiles a ...more
This is a “What If” by Abigail Reynolds where Darcy ardently kisses Elizabeth during his disastrous proposal. Before she could respond/refuse they were seen, thus compromising her into a hasty marriage.
This story was painful to read as misunderstanding after misunderstanding kept our characters from discovering the love we knew was somewhere locked inside them trying to fight its way to the surface only to be smashed down by ...more
Somewhere in between moving bedrooms two times, pages out of my printed copy were lost, but I quickly found Reynolds’ story, as well as her other Pride and Prejudice variations, online and through the printed copy away. Then, almost a ...more
Thoughts after reading
I enjoyed this book. The author has a very deft feel for the language of the times, and this is a clever 'what if' variation on P&P. I will probably read other titles by Abigail Reynolds.
But even if I did, I still truly enjoyed it this time! I also cried, which NEVER happens, so there is that.
There are many variations with this basic premise, Elizabeth marrying Darcy against her desires, but this is a definite favorite. There is a painful truth present here, about how they would have reached mutual affection and appreciation without the canon events at Hunsford, without delving into absolutely gut wrenching unhappiness and eventual ruin of any ...more
Il s'agit ici d'une réécriture un peu différente car ce n'est pas le moins de vu d'un autre personnage ou l'histoire d'un personnage secondaire de l'intrigue principal mais bien une autre histoire. Un "Et Si". Nous ...more
In this story, Darcy has proposed to Elizabeth and then kissed her in plain sight of Colonel Fitzwilliam and a few others. She did not have a chance to answer, but must marry to prevent a scandal.
Truly, in this variat ...more
In this Pride and Prejudice variation...what if, Elizabeth is compromised by Mr. Darcy during his proposal at Hunsford? Assuming Elizabeth will consent to the marriage Darcy kisses her before she has a chance to answer. ...more
The sceanrio: Darcy just proposed to Elizabeth for the first time, she is about to refuse him and they get interupted by Col. Fitzwilliam. She never gets around to rejecting him and ends up marrying him because of a complication ...more
While I have no problem with D&E having conflicts, misunderstandings, or issues getting to know each other after they've met; now I know I DO have a problem with it tak ...more