I've already shared a number of snippets but since it was months ago I think I'll start back at the beginning and work my way forward.
Here, Lizzy is sent to settle an argument between her father and Mr. Darcy who have disagreed over the marriage settlement.
“But, this man,” he pointed at Mr. Darcy yet again, “refuses to accept anything.” Lizzy wondered at the restraint her intended showed because a lesser man who dared to point at Mr. Darcy not once, but twice, might have found his finger snapped off at the joint.
Before she could voice her surprise, Mr. Darcy responded to the accusation. “I am simply being practical, sir; my income is more than sufficient to provide funds for the care of my future wife.” Despite his anger, a smile formed on his mouth when he said ‘wife’ and his eyes softened as they looked to the subject of his affection. “But you, sir, have a wife and two other daughters to provide for, not to mention the likelihood that your youngest will need financial assistance for the balance of her marriage and beyond.”
“Is it not shameful enough that I am obliged to you for the expense of one daughter’s marriage and the living of her husband, but you expect me to allow you the full measure of support for my most beloved daughter as well? It cannot be.”
Will these two work out their differences? Will Mrs. Bennet ever learn to keep her mouth shut? Stay tuned.
Betrothed to Mr. Darcy will be available September 18 from Lazy Day Publishing.