Swissing Pride & Prejudice

Swissing Pride & Prejudice

I’m in Switzerland! We arrived Wednesday, signed the paperwork on our new apartment, and our furniture arrives TODAY! Most importantly, my family is all here, reunited after six insane weeks, and ready to take on this new Swiss adventure. I am so sorry I have been absent from the blog for so long (my personal blog is even more neglected) and immeasurably thankful to my fellow Austen Authors for their understanding and support during this time of upheaval.

Me checking out the new balcony
Me checking out the new balcony

Now that I am here, my Austen-fevered brain is awash in all the Pemberlian possibilities my current surroundings suggest (it also, apparently, finds alliteration amusing – sorry about that). There is every chance that none of the following would work outside of blurb form, but it is so much fun to pretend. Do join me!

The view!
The view!

Fitzwilliam Darcy-Tell: Folk Hero of Hunsford

In this Austenesque twist on the famous Swiss legend, Darcy forsakes his top boots for a bow, leaving readers all aquiver. When the domineering Lady Catherine insists all residents of her domain bow to her marital arrangements, our hero stands defiant, declaring his love for the comparatively lowly Elizabeth Bennet. He may marry her, his incensed Aunt cruelly declares, if he can shoot an apple off the “obstinate” girl’s strong head, never believing it possible. But Darcy easily splices the offending piece of fruit in two and is forced to flee with Elizabeth on foot, the evil tyrant trailing them all the way. Finally, they reach the free kingdom of Pemberley, and as Darcy crosses the gates, he turns and unleashes a last arrow into Lady Catherine’s wicked heart, felling the villainess. As news of his triumph spreads, subservient relations all over England rise up and overthrow the domination of their most officious kin, bringing forth an age of peace and prosperity.

Lizzy of the Mountain

Overwhelmed with an excessive number of daughters, a young Lizzy Bennet moves with her disillusioned father to live in an isolated cabin upon Oakham Mount. There the two find peace and happiness in their bucolic seclusion until Aunt Philips, having learned of a wealthy young lady in need of youthful companionship, takes Lizzy away to live in London. Overwhelmed by the metropolis and missing her long walks through the wilderness, Lizzy’s own health flounders, even as she finds solace in Georgiana Darcy’s friendship. The heiress was victim to a nefarious plot on her fortune and heart, but Lizzy’s purity begins to restore her faith in humanity. Her loving brother sees the improvement and duly credits Lizzy, whose frank and open manner have also touched his own heart. However, Madame de Bourgh, the Darcy’s rigid housekeeper, blames the rustic girl for a series of mishaps and disruptions to the household, subjecting her accordingly to increasingly severe punishments. When worrisome sightings of a ghostly apparition prove to be Lizzy herself, sleepwalking due to the stress of homesickness, Madame is not slow in packing the girl off to her woodland abode. There Mr. Darcy pursues her and declares his love for the now mature Elizabeth. He moves the entire cabin from Oakham Mount to within the confines of Pemberley’s library, where Mr. Bennet happily spends the remainder of his days.

Swiss Family Gardiner

Traveling North for a pleasure holiday with their niece, Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner’s carriage breaks down. Abandoned by their servants and lost in the wild county of Derbyshire, they must learn to survive on what they can scavenge from the wreck and what Mother Nature’s provides. They build a rustic shelter and begin to cultivate the land. One day, Elizabeth find herself upon the edge of a murky lake. Seating herself upon its shores, she ponders whether she will ever be reunited with her family and the wider world. Imagine her surprise when a half-dressed gentleman emerges from the watery depths! She recognizes him as Fitzwilliam Darcy, the suitor who she harshly rejected a mere few months before. Both stammer in discomfort and embarrassment, but Elizabeth, seeing an opportunity for rescue, manages to express her plight. He follows her back to her family’s encampment, which proves to be on his own estate of Pemberley. Rather than arresting the Gardiners for poaching, he demonstrates his worthiness: welcoming the family warmly, catering to their needs, and gracefully navigating them all through an exceedingly awkward situation. After being ensconced in one of Pemberley’s best guest rooms and luxuriating in a delightful bath, Elizabeth finds she can return his love, after all.

Until next month – who knows what it might bring?


22 Responses to Swissing Pride & Prejudice

  1. Oh those were a delightfully comic way to end my day of attempting to catch up on all my e-mails due to the travels I have had over the past three weeks. Thank you – what an imagination. Love the scene you have from your new home – good luck in settling in!

  2. William Tell is a wonderful legend. There is even a statue to this legend on the Vier Wald Stetter See (hopefully my spelling is correct) at a place called Wilhelm Tell Platte. It fueled my imagination when I saw it at the age of 13. The view from your apartment is beautiful! Glad your family is reunited again.

    • It is a great story, Debbie. I’ve seen pictures of the statue and am sure we will visit sometime soon. Just bought our train tickets that take us everywhere and anywhere in Switzerland for a year. It’s great to be together. Thank you!

  3. Alexa, I love your new take on P&P with Swiss folklore and what not. My favorite: “Imagine her surprise when a half-dressed gentleman emerges from the watery depths!” Got to love that famous scene in any story! Take care and enjoy setting up your new house. I hope Alison likes it too! Jen Red

    • Alison is haunting me! As soon as we are settled, it’s back to Pemberley with all the Bennets to finish her tale, I promise! I never meant to leave her hanging like this, Jen but life ran away with me. Glad you haven’t forgotten her!

  4. Oh my Alexa! With that view how can you NOT have plot bunnies running around your head (and your new apartment!). 🙂 Now we shall expect some fun stories from you. So proud you are settled in it seems. What an adventure!

    • Thanks Brenda! It’s absolutely amazing here. There is still a ton of work to do (we have WAY too much stuff) but it’s coming along quickly. I’m looking forward to my new normal.

  5. What a lovely view! I am surprised you could tear your eyes away long enough to type this but I love your little stories and I won’t object if you decide to expand on them!!! I hope you are really happy in your new home.

    • Thanks Glynis! I’ve barely had a chance to truly explore it yet. We made great progress today, and soon I will sit back and truly relish this amazing place. Can’t wait!!!

    • Thanks Melanie! We managed to almost totally unpack the kitchen, guest room, and Eliza had at her room in proper, chaotic 4 year old fashion.

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