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February 19, 2018 at 1:28 am
What? How did this fire start? Did I miss something? I do hope you will be posting very soon. Is Darcy running to Netherfield to arrange for the Bennets to stay there? They do need a place to stay now. Proposal…I guess will have to wait. Thanks for this chapter. How many days are left?
February 19, 2018 at 1:54 am
Since you are so sweet, I’ll tell you, Sheila. Add Mr. Collin’s propensity to gesture with a library filled with books and carefully placed candles. It’s explained at the start of the next chapter, which I’ve already started. I’m writing quickly so I don’t leave you in suspense.
We return to the US three weeks from tomorrow. (Heartbreak!!!!!)
February 19, 2018 at 1:30 am
Well, I’m glad Richard didn’t propose, but a FIRE! Wow, that really put a cramp on Darcy’s plans and Elizabeth thinks her ran off. Too bad he forgot to say he was going for help. Well, I’m sure he’ll be back in the next chapter. Ha Ha. Too bad about Mr. Bennet. I hope you have a good solution for fixing this.
February 19, 2018 at 1:55 am
Yes, she does think he ran off. Of course, readers know better. As far as Mr. Bennet goes, he will not die (unless I change my mind, but I don’t think I will). However, this is a terrible wake up call.
February 19, 2018 at 1:31 am
PS I hope someone boots Collins back to Hunsford, esp since he started the fire and has no concern for anyone but his inheritance.
February 19, 2018 at 1:56 am
I’m thinking there’s going to be several gentlemen and a lady or two who wouldn’t mind the task.
February 19, 2018 at 1:58 am
Best chapter ever. Wonderful romance, intrigue and back and forth sparring.and ,oh what an ending to a chapter. Keep writing
February 19, 2018 at 10:50 am
Thank you, Mom. I am trying to be an obedient daughter.
February 19, 2018 at 2:52 am
“I have no idea who instigated the third” LOL. Loved that line!
I can’t believe Collins set fire to the house and then just stood around bemoaning the loss of his inheritance. Lucky Darcy was able to save Mr Bennet but he should have paused to kiss Elizabeth again before he dashed off 🙂
Can’t wait for more of this Joy. I’m only sorry it’s eating into your precious grandchildren time especially now it’s getting shorter.
February 19, 2018 at 10:51 am
Thank you, Glynis. I liked that part of the conversation as well. Oh my! I hadn’t thought about Darcy kissing Lizzy on the way by. It certainly would have affected her outlook at the end of the chapter, wouldn’t it? Hmmm! Nope. I needed her to doubt the man. Poor Darcy!
February 19, 2018 at 4:04 am
Holy Hannah!!! The flapping of Mr. Collins arms must have fanned the flames! Poor Mr. Bennet and I sure would have thrown the water bucket at Mr. Collins…several times….better yet she should have drowned him in the pond! Oh Darcy, yes bring back reinforcements! Poor Elizabeth…the trauma! Somehow I don’t think Mr. Collins will be marrying any of the Bennet girls…thank goodness!
Only three more weeks??? Where has the time gone?!
February 19, 2018 at 10:54 am
Mr. Collins must have thought he was at the pulpit instead of an over-crowded library. Had Mrs. Bennet had her senses about her I’m almost 100% certain she would have held him under the water until she saw bubbles. We can’t have her being tried for murder…at least not in this book.
The time has flown by. The kids head back to school after a week’s end of term vacation. It will be so hard to not have them up here until after they are finished with their homework. The teachers here are brutal. But they are both sharp as a tack. We are grateful.
February 19, 2018 at 6:53 am
This seems to be the most angst chapter as compared to the previous one. Poor Elizabeth for feeling abandoned. Hopefully, Darcy does return with help and a much needed explanation of all of his actions. (Just like Desi Arnez and Lucille Ball — got some ‘plaining to.do…)
February 19, 2018 at 10:55 am
I will confess that the ending almost broke my heart to write. Oh, yes. He’s definitely got some ‘plaining to do’.
February 24, 2018 at 8:28 pm
Just had to pick my jaw up off the floor reading the fire scene! As you would say, that came right out of left field! Oh, Mr. Collins! What a…..(searching for a suitable-for-all-audiences adjective here and failing badly!)….piece of work he is! Not sure I’d have been able to resist the bucket like Lizzy did. Darcy has gone off to make arrangements for shelter and assistance for the Bennets, hasn’t he? At least Lizzy has the knowledge, once it sinks in, that he did rescue her father from the fire, despite the risk to his own life and limb. Now, having read every chapter available over the past few hours, I’ve got to wait like everyone else for the next one.
Can’t believe you’re well over halfway through your trip now. Enjoy the precious time you have left with the family – we’ll be waiting (not very patiently, admittedly) when you get home.
February 26, 2018 at 1:25 pm
For some reason, this story has taken on a life of its own. I’m working today so will see what happens next.
There are only two weeks left before we leave. It’s heartbreaking to think of it. The weather has been perfect and the grandchildren a true joy. We hope to return in August when they have their school vacation. I’ll be needing those small arms to hug me by then.
March 3, 2018 at 5:34 am
Wow, that fire sure was one heck of a curve ball! I loved the kisses, and Earl Matlock’s reaction, as well Richard’s drawn out teasing… wonderful chapter and story! Enjoy those grand hugs!
March 5, 2018 at 10:14 pm
I know!!! What these characters come up with amazes me. Thanks so much for your comment jaffer 2016. I’m so tickled you stopped by.
March 5, 2018 at 10:28 pm
Ok liked it how many more chapters and will it be released on kindle when finished
March 5, 2018 at 11:11 pm
It looks like 5-6 more chapters. Absolutely, it will be on Kindle. Thanks for asking, Gail.
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