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Bewitched, Body and Soul by P.O. Dixon
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Jul 31, 2012

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bookshelves: jane-austen, pride-and-prejudice
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In her latest Pride and Prejudice alternate path, P. O. Dixon asks the question: What if Jane was too dejected to follow Bingley to London? What if Jane lost hope, lost her spirit, and was in the process of losing herself...

Elizabeth, filled with anxiety and concern, takes Jane's place in London determined to find Mr. Bingley and tell him of her poor, lovelorn sister's state. She is certain that this misunderstanding is the result of Mr. Bingley's pernicious sister and her self-serving manipulations! Elizabeth will not let Caroline Bingley, Mr. Darcy, or the bounds of decorum get in her way...

While I applaud and admire P. O. Dixon for creating so daring a divergent path for Darcy and Elizabeth to traverse, I must admit to finding bits of the premise a little implausible. (You all know I can suspend my disbelief and that I'm relatively open-minded when it comes to Pride and Prejudice variations and alternate paths). However, as much as I tried, there were some elements of this novel that I just couldn't get behind, such as Jane Bennet – for her to be so bitter, sullen, and absorbed in her own pain seemed too drastic a personality alternation. She was almost unrecognizable. Moreover, other aspects like Elizabeth naïvely thinking Darcy had nothing to with Bingley's departure, Darcy forced to intimately tend to Elizabeth when she falls ill, and Darcy being so immovable to Elizabeth's requests (even after he acknowledges his feelings for her) asked me to suspend my disbelief a little too much.

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