By Helen Halstead
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Extra info for A Private Performance: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
What will they find to talk about? ” “‘O! Call back yesterday, bid time return,’ saith the bard. Mrs. Bennet, is it not late to be considering such problems? ” “So I am, of course. It was a triumph to see her drive away in such a splendid carriage with such livery! They did look so fine. Mr. ” She adjusted the ribbons on her nightcap. “What congratulations and compliments we have been receiving. ” Unconcerned by her husband’s silence, Mrs. Bennet fiddled with the ruffles of her wrap, and smiled complacently to herself, as she added, “All our neighbours must be envious, especially those with daughters.
Elizabeth smiled and kissed her cheek. “Married people always have quarrels, Georgiana dear. I believe I can face a row and survive. The sermons tell us to bow our heads meekly under injustice, but women did not have the writing of them. ” Georgiana looked earnestly at Elizabeth, wondering if she feared Darcy’s contempt, and puzzling over whether such a change in his feelings was possible. Elizabeth laughed and touched the frown creasing Georgiana’s forehead. ” Her dark eyes were dancing, and her expression hovering between sweetness and irony.
Elizabeth nodded to the chambermaid, not unkindly. The family passed into the house and entered the drawing room. Mrs. Reynolds bustled off to supervise tea preparations, in honour of the day. At the door of the kitchen, Annie caught up with her. “What ails you, Annie? ” Annie pulled her hands from her pockets. “Mrs. Reynolds, ma’am. ” “Do what, you silly girl? Why are you not in your mistress’s chamber? Her maid, Mrs. ” “What nonsense. Mrs. Darcy will not eat you, though I may. ” Elizabeth may have been a little shocked had she known how effective her appearance of sang-froid had been.
A Private Performance: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Helen Halstead