There was little danger of encountering the Bennet sisters ever again.
Jane Austen's classic novel "Pride and Prejudice" is beloved by millions, but little is revealed in the book about the mysterious and handsome hero, Mr. Darcy. And so the question has long remained: Who is Fitzwilliam Darcy?
Pamela Aidan's trilogy finally answers that long-standing question, creating a rich parallel story that follows Darcy as he meets and falls in love with Elizabeth Bennet. "Duty and Desire," the second book in the trilogy, covers the "silent time" of Austen's novel, revealing Darcy's private struggle to overcome his attraction to Elizabeth while fulfilling his roles as landlord, master, brother, and friend.
When Darcy pays a visit to an old classmate in Oxford in an attempt to shake Elizabeth from his mind, he is set upon by husband-hunting society ladies and ne'er-do-well friends from his university days, all with designs on him -- some for good and some for ill. He and his sartorial genius of a valet, Fletcher, must match wits with them all, but especially with the curious Lady Sylvanie.
Irresistibly authentic and entertaining, "Duty and Desire" remains true to the spirit and events of "Pride and Prejudice" while incorporating fascinating new characters, and is sure to dazzle Austen fans and newcomers alike.
Second installment of Aidan's trilogy retelling Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's point of view.While An Assembly Such as This (2006) closely followed Jane Austen's original opening chapters, the plot here wanders a bit farther afield as Darcy carries on his fictional life away from the world of the Bennetts. When his friend Bingley decides to forgo his love for Elizabeth's sister Jane, Darcy is relieved but not exactly happy. He still pines for Elizabeth, but only secretly and from a long distance; she never actually appears in this rendition. Darcy socializes in London and spends Christmas with his beloved younger sister Georgiana, who has recovered from her infatuation with the evil Wickham and committed herself to charity. She challenges Darcy's innate snobbery when she does the unthinkable and actually visits the poor in their homes. The bulk of the story, however, revolves around a country-house party Darcy attends in hopes of forgetting Elizabeth by finding a wife within his own social caste. The host, Lord Sayre, is a former Cambridge classmate, as are most of the other male guests. But Darcy soon realizes that the gentlemen are all bad-tempered fools, the ladies all desperately conniving to find husbands or lovers. Their petty intrigues take an ominous turn when the one genuinely innocent houseguest discovers a bloody piglet dressed up as a murdered human infant. Darcy is powerfully attracted to the bewitching charms of Lord Sayre's Irish half-sister, but she and her old servant prove to have dark secrets of their own. This sort of revisionism definitely has a readership, but Aidan's authorial arrogance and excessive reliance on research are evident in that she requires multiple installments to cover events that her predecessor nailed so deftly in a single volume.More reminiscent of Wilkie Collins than Jane Austen. (Kirkus Reviews)
|The Hand of Providence|
|The Uses of Adversity|
|The Quality of Mercy|
|An Honorable Man|
|The Frailty of Woman|
|The Woman's Part|
|The Whirligig of Time|
|That Perilous Stuff|
|This Thing of Darkness|
|Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.|
Series: Fitzwilliam Darcy Gentleman
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: October 2006
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.272