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This excerpt from Darcys Meet Frankenstein has Lizzy and Maggie decamping to the great department store to purchase suitable 20th Century garb for the refugee from the Wardrobe. This is a work in progress. (c) 2017 by Don Jacobson. All rights reserved.
This is a Work in Progress—so far only four chapters completed, but I think you will like the playful nature of Darcy in this first chapter. [Editing has not yet occurred, so ignore any typos and misspellings. My fingers are not so faithful as they should be.] It is September 1812 when the story begins. In this tale, Mr. Bennet is an eccentric Shakespearean scholar, who has filled Elizabeth with Shakespeare quotes and little else. She is very much the one without the social skills. I have been reading James Shapiro’s “Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare’s Play?” And as always, an idea for a story was hatched. Enjoy!
There are many stories yet to be told within the arc of The Bennet Wardrobe. I am in the process of writing “The Darcys Meet Frankenstein” which is a speculation on how Mary Godwin was inspired to write her immortal story. The story fits into the Wardrobe Series in two places…THE KEEPER in 1816 (see Lizzy’s letter to Mary) and between the End of Part 1 of THE EXILE and the Beginning of Part 2.
Moriarty is gone…and with him the funds which had supported Junius Winters. Also, as we learned in Ch XXVI, none of Moriarty’s minions knew or cared why Kitty had been held captive in Paris. Now it is every man for himself…and most particularly that meant the greedy Winters. Please enjoy these two chapters deep in the transition from the Dark Passage to the Renoir Likeness.
The story begins some six months before the events of Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Darcy is set to marry his cousin Anne, and Jane is set to marry Mr. Collins. Needless to say, Elizabeth has other ideas. (This is chapter one of a work in progress. Editing has yet to occur, so ignore the typos, please.)
I am about 2/3s of the way through “The Exile”…the story of Kitty Bennet’s experiences after her trip through the Wardrobe. Here we find Lord Henry Fitzwilliam, now Earl of Matlock for 11 months, as he strives to find the missing Kitty Bennet. She had been last seen in Harrods on July 4th where she had been unexpectedly met by Junius Winters (yes…”W”s are generally bad). A letter had been left in Kitty’s chambers which indicated that she had, on the spur of the moment, traveled to the South of France. Henry has come to 221B Baker Street to consult with the most noted detective of the day. Please remember that I am a believer that the act of writing fiction (World as Myth) creates reality. Thus, when Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the Holmes stories, the detective was inserted in the reality into which Kitty, Henry and the rest are thrust. I also believe that as Doyle never explained why Professor Moriarty decided to kill Homes in “The Final Problem.” The crux of The Exile (I’m not tellin’…wait until May!) offers a logical explanation. I do hope you enjoy this fix. BTW…you may find that reading Book 1 of the Bennet Wardrobe Series “The Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Journey” useful as you prepare for “The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Epoque.”
The Exile seems to be going down a darker path than I had originally imagined. But, perhaps Kitty Bennet must go through great trials before she becomes the great lady the Wardrobe knew she would become. Enjoy this bit from the early part of the book.
Book 2 of the Bennet Wardrobe Series is in Progress. “The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Epoque” See Chapter Two. Henry Fitzwilliam and Kitty Bennet are visiting the Bennet Family Trust offices to learn more about Kitty’s future.
A Dance with Mr. Darcy takes place some five years after the elopement of Lydia Bennet with Mr. Wickham. There has been no second proposal, for Darcy has been seriously injured in a carriage accident as he returns to Hertfordshire after learning of Lady Catherine’s attack upon Elizabeth and has a lengthy convalescence. Before he can recover, Elizabeth has married another. Kismet or Fate or whatever name you wish to give it intervenes, and the two are thrown together outside of an inn across the Scottish border; yet, there are many obstacles to overcome before they can claim happiness.
The first book in a new Regency trilogy. Angel Comes to the Devil’s Keep brings together Angelica Lovelace, an American born hoyden of English parents, and Huntington McLaughlin, the Marquess of Malvern.
In this tale, there’s no letter of explanation from Darcy and no visit to Pemberley by Elizabeth. Essentially, there’s no chance for Darcy and Elizabeth to come together until they strike a very unusual bargain.