Friday, 27 December 2013
A Force of Instinct by Abigail Reynolds
This story begins at Rosings, not only does Elizabeth have to face Mr Darcy again after she receives his letter but she also gets to meet Lord and Lady Matlock and Miss Darcy. If you like poetry then you will enjoy the excepts in this story. Darcy and Elizabeth are meant to be together and there is definitely a force of instinct that plays a major role in this story, the passion, jealously and a need to be with one another.
She was mortified at the prospect of having to see Darcy - he who knew just how much of a gullible fool she had been. She had thought so highly of her own perspicacity, and now she knew herself to be quite lacking in that regard. Not only had she been wholly taken in by Wickham and predisposed to find reasons to dislike Darcy, she had also completely failed to observe any sign of his increasing attachment to her in time to circumvent the disaster of his proposal. When she looked back, those signs were obvious - A.Reynolds
At every turn of the page, the two became closer to one another. I loved just how close they became that by the time of their marriage they were true soul mates in every sense of the word (yes pre-mariatal sex). But I will argue in Reynolds defense surprisingly that it was not possible to become as close as they did without sharing some intimacies and it was tastefully done (wow can not believe I just said that but I believe it was maybe necessary for this story). Not only did they get to know one another but they looked within themselves and did a lot of reflective thinking, which really explored the varying aspects of the original P&P. I loved that they shared stories about their past so that they could understand each other more fully. Books were explored, class lines delved into, Elizabeth's gullibility and a twist on Georgiana's perspective!
Overall it is pleasant read that has you drawn into the intimacy of the two, who love each other very ardently indeed. It was all a very very strict Mr Gardiner could do to keep them apart, making sure that propriety was adhered to at all costs, hilarious!!!
Elizabeth could not help thinking of the company she had left, both in Gracechurch Street and at Rosings Park, and how favourably it compared to that of her younger sisters. Their manner of speech and insensibility grated on her ears now even more than it had in the past, reminding her once again of Darcy's letter and his cutting description of the defects of her family. How had she ever tolerated it? - A.Reynolds