What Would Mr Darcy Do?
This what-if retelling of events in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice explores what would have happened if Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy had expressed their feelings for each other somewhat sooner. Darcy walks in on Elizabeth just as she has received the news of her sister Lydia’s elopement, as in the original, but instead of assuming that Darcy will want nothing to do with her, Elizabeth lets him know her feelings have changed since she rejected his marriage proposal. Her aunt and uncle find them kissing and assume the worst, but after Darcy assures them that he loves her, they agree that the couple should marry in a few months’ time. Elizabeth returns to her home at Longbourn, where Darcy’s sister Georgiana visits her and forms a close friendship with her younger sisters Mary and Kitty. Jane Bennet’s suitor Mr. Bingley returns to Netherfield to propose sooner than in the original. As preparations for Jane’s wedding are in progress, Darcy returns toElizabeth, and they explore the depths of their passion for each other.
The many displays of affection become repetitious after a while, but this is a quick, entertaining read for Austen fans.