Sunday, June 9, 2013

Even More Mrs. Bennet




Once I got started with the Mrs. Bennet snippets, I just couldn't stop. Maybe because her outrageous statements work so well for an eight sentence sample. 



“Oh dear, Lizzy---the circles under your eyes are hideous. I certainly hope that Mr. Darcy does not see you looking such a fright. How you managed to get a man like Mr. Darcy, who has ten thousand a year, is beyond me, but it certainly cannot be due to your eyes because they are droopy and red.” 

“Why thank you for noticing, Mama. As I plan to go for a solitary walk this morning I will hope the fresh air and exercise will remedy the situation and since I shall be alone, I will not inflict my unsightly appearance on others.” Or my foul mood.



“Then be gone with you and be quiet about it. I should most certainly hate for you to wake Jane for we cannot have her beauty diminished as well.”   

Thanks for stopping by! This snippet is from Betrothed to Mr. Darcy, my current WIP. Betrothed to Mr. Darcy takes place in the weeks between the time Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy become engaged and their actual marriage. Once the two families gather in preparation for the nuptials, the improprieties of the Bennet family are on full display, causing Elizabeth to question the wisdom of inflicting her family on Mr. Darcy and his sister, Georgiana. Will they make it to the alter? 


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23 comments:

  1. She somehow sounds like my mum. It's better for Lizzy to escape.

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    1. Mrs. Bennet does have some universal qualities, doesn't she?

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  2. lol- She better run. Enjoyed the snippet!

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    1. Good idea, but hard to do in those long skirts!

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  3. You do capture Mrs. Bennet's tone so well! Poor long suffering Elizabeth...Great snippet!

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    1. Thanks Veronica! I think I'll feature a snippet from Mr. Bennet next week, in honor of Father's Day.

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  4. That woman needs a good lesson on civility! lol!

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  5. Oh my, mama is a piece of work. Poor Elizabeth!

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    1. We can't feel too sorry for Elizabeth...she does end up with Mr. Darcy after all. But, can you imagine trying to plan a wedding, even a simple wedding, with Mrs. Bennet and her drama?

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  6. You caught Mrs. Bennet's tone perfectly. Good job.

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    1. Thank you. She's one of a kind. I hope. :)

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  7. Mrs. Bennet is so--so very her. You just want to shake her! You've perfectly captured that feeling of flabbergasted annoyance I feel about her. :)

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    1. Flabbergasted annoyance---great phrase!

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  8. Loved it. I like Lizzy's comment, since I shall be alone --- translation, you're annoying and not coming with me. You have a great handle on the dialogue of the era.

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    1. Thank you. There is much to read between the lines, isn't there?

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  9. Gee, Mom, thanks for your kind words. I think I'll run away from home now and let sleeping beauties lie...

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    1. Yes, Mrs. Bennet sure has a way with words, doesn't she?

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  10. I love the way you write them all.

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