This snippet is from my current Work In Progress, Betrothed to Mr. Darcy.
Their mother, evidently aroused by the sounds of them entering, rushed to the top of the stairs to shout to her daughter, “Lizzy! You must stop them. I know that your father will fight Mr. Darcy and will be killed and then what shall happen to us? Mr. Collins and his dreadful wife Charlotte will take possession of our home and turn us out into the cold.”
“Mama,” Elizabeth gathered all her good humor to respond to her mother, “I am sure that the two of them will not come to blows. Please calm yourself and I will investigate.”
“My nerves. Oh my nerves. As if planning weddings and wedding clothes for two daughters wasn’t enough to tear my nerves to shreds, now your father has angered Mr. Darcy and even if Mr. Darcy does not fight him, he may well decide not to marry you. Oh, I knew it was too much to hope that a man with ten thousand a year would marry you, Elizabeth.”
Betrothed to Mr. Darcy follows Elizabeth Bennet as she prepares to marry Mr. Darcy. Despite her fervent wish to become his bride, Lizzy's sense of duty causes her to doubt the wisdom of forcing the Darcys to become associated with the vulgarity and silliness of the Bennet family.
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