A Quest for Mr Darcy – Chapter Twenty Three

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38 Responses to A Quest for Mr Darcy – Chapter Twenty Three

  1. Sheila L. Majczan says:

    Yes, more and more I am convinced Wickham is back in the area. Woe betide the people in his vicinity as he must be a very desperate man at this point.

    Mr. Darcy plays by ear – lovely talent. And we continue to read of both being in denial about exactly their hearts tend to be attached. I like how Georgiana opens up to Elizabeth.

    Thank you for this chapter. I was up early and looked for it.

  2. JΓ©ssica Dias says:

    Lizzie!! Say it, you love him!!!!

  3. What a wonderful chapter. I felt for Elizabeth there, with all her unsettling feelings, and the fact that Miss Latimer is coming. Poor her, I hope something happens soon to give her some peace. How much longer will ODC deny their feelings? Darcy is a goner by now, whether he likes it or not.

    I loved that Georgiana is such a champ for Lizzy and I hope they continue to meet.

    About Wickham, I am sure he is lurking around. It must be him!

    Oh, how I wish your story was complete and I could read it through in one seating! πŸ˜€

    • Cass says:

      I wish it was complete too, Daniela! I’m afraid you’re all getting the first draft here, so I’ll apologies in advance for any blips along the way! πŸ˜‰

  4. Carole in Canada says:

    I truly like how you have Jane push/nudge Lizzy to understand her feelings about Mr. Darcy. This shows a further depth to her character. I also found it interesting that she asked about both gentlemen…She must be contemplating alot while she is ill and trying to understand her own feelings..at least in my own mind she is.

    As for the ‘snake in the grass’, I worry for Elizabeth walking out and about on her own.

    Looking forward to Thursday!

    You do realize, that once you do finish this book, you may have to do another and another and another… You still have Mary and Kitty, the twins, and Georgiana’s HEA to work on! LOL! No pressure!

    • Cass says:

      I’ve really enjoyed exploring the relationship between Jane and Lizzy in their changed circumstances. I like to think of Jane being not just a steady voice of reason but also a friend, and I hope to try and show the fun in their relationship through teasing. I truly believe Jane would have learned to tease back! πŸ˜€

      LOL re the rest of the characters. Glad there’s no pressure! πŸ˜‰

  5. Cristina says:

    I look forward so much to every new post! I agree with Daniela that I wish I could read it all at once.
    I love how affected ODC are by the other when they come face to face and I am loving a musical Darcy. He was pretty perfect before and being musical as well just about does it for me. I am enjoying Georgiana’ s disclosing Darcy’s feelings accidentally, on purpose?
    Dear Cass, you are making me wish my life away! Can’t wait for Thursday now! LOL

    • Cass says:

      LOL, Cristina! I’m sorry, I don’t mean you to wish the days away! πŸ˜‰

      So happy you continue to enjoy and read along! ❀

  6. Jan Steele says:

    Yes, I’m still an awful person because I’m thoroughly enjoying Elizabeth’s discomfort. (I’m going to make and eat lots of Christmas cookies to do penance for my less-than-charitable thoughts.) I was entertained by her realization that she might be feeling envy toward Miss Latimer (yes, I am that awful). Her blushes at merely the mention of Darcy’s name fill me with glee and I am anticipating her despair when she realizes how perfect Miss Latimer is (yep, I’m still awful — more cookies are needed to sweeten my disposition).

    I am really liking Jane in this story. She still has her serene nature, but she is showing a depth of character rarely seen in fan fiction. I’m even hoping that Colonel Fitzwilliam takes an interest in her — three men vying for her attention would be delightful!

    This was a great chapter, filled with Elizabeth’s growing realization of her feelings and more information about the lurker who has grown so desperate that he has resorted to stealing (making me more sure than ever that he must be Wickham). Thursday seems so very far away!

    • Trez Baer says:

      Ah, but the Colonel needs to marry wealth.. So, may we throw him in the way of Miss Latimer. I know that foils your plans for Elizabeth’s misery but it sounds like a perfect idea to me.
      I like this Jane too.

      • Jan Steele says:

        The Colonel and Miss Latimer works for me (honestly, Bingley and Miss Latimer also works for me). I actually want Elizabeth to be miserable only for as long as it takes for her to realize that she loves Darcy. She is so stubborn and determined to hold onto her ideas even when she knows they are wrong that I think she needs to suffer a little in order to realize what she has lost (or thinks she has lost). I’m confident that in the end everyone will end up with the right person — both Jane and Elizabeth deserve to be happy. I would even like to see Mr. Bennet happy in the end.

    • Cass says:

      I don’t think you are awful at all!

      I’m enjoying ‘working’ with Jane and trying to make her a more rounded character in this story, simply because I think the life changes affecting her would have had an impact. As for who she might end up with, my lips are sealed! πŸ˜‰

      Thank you for continuing to read along, Jan! ❀

  7. Oh it seems like Bingley has given up already, and without a fight too well never mind.
    I do wonder how much Georgiana knows and how much she has guessed!?

    And now this poacher… my personal guess is Wickham! Damn that man!

    And a ball to prepare for will hopefully bring plenty of distraction for poor Lizzy! Well we know that she and Jane dances very well and that is a certain step towards falling in love!
    Can’t wait for more Cass!

    • Cass says:

      Interesting! You think Bungley has given up already? Why is that?

      LOL re a certain step towards falling in love! ❀ it!

      • Because Bingley doesn’t do anything proactive about persuing Miss Bennet at all! He has not even visited for crying out loud while our Mr. Wentworth is doing a good deal of walking with Jane and getting to know her! So I’m almost in the Wentworth camp now unless something drastic happens…

    • Cass says:

      I think Bungley is proceeding with caution (which may turn out to bite him on the bum!). He is keen for Darcy to invite the Bennets to dinner at Pemberley, though, so let’s see how things go along! πŸ˜‰

  8. Lizzybel says:

    I can hardly wait for the next chapter! It is interesting to see Elizabeth struggle with her emotions and makes me anxious to see what will happen when further visitors arrive. And there is still the plans of Olivia and Viola to worry about. They want to matchmake the wrong couples! I hope Thursday comes quickly!

  9. Trez Baer says:

    Oh, the dastardly Wickham! A thief and a menace!
    Send the hounds on him!

  10. Carol says:

    Darcy plays by ear? *swoon*
    May I aslo cast my vote for sending the hounds on Wickham? That sounds like a fabulous scene! πŸ™‚

  11. Another delightful chapter–thank you!!! πŸ˜€

    Wishing you a blessed Adventide,
    Susanne πŸ™‚

  12. Vesna says:

    This has to be my favourite P&P story at the moment. Darcy is very mush as in canon and it is delightful to watch them struggle. πŸ˜‰

  13. Rita McLuckie says:

    Hello! 😊
    It is difficult sitting in a time zone that is ahead, anxiously waiting for (and looking forward to) Chapter Twenty Four!!
    I know the wait will be completely worth it, as it always is!!

    • Cass says:

      I’m so sorry, Rita! πŸ˜€

      I am normally posted by now, but Darcy is giving me a bit of trouble towards the end of this one. It will be a couple of hours before it goes live. I really DO apologise! 😦

  14. Jenny says:

    It’s thursday! I need my new Chapter! 😁

    • Cass says:

      LOL, Jenny! It’s coming! I’m just having a bit of bother with Darcy. I apologise for it not being up right now. It will be a couple of hours yet…

  15. Mel says:

    Lizzy gets an afternoon at Pemberley – with not exactly the Darcy we want her with, but Georgiana does nicely πŸ˜‰ Slowly but oh so surely, Lizzy is coming to terms with her true feelings towards the man who occupies her thoughts so often now; I have Jane and Georgiana, the super sisters, to thank for that! Georgiana sheds light on how her brother had spoken about her so innocently, and Jane teases her sister, not so innocently hahaha.

    I wonder now how Miss Latimer’s arrival will complicate things. Yes, Lizzy, that is probably envy now and a bit of jealousy later when she sees them side by side in the future – that you feel. Methinks it will be the turning point, when she finally fully realizes and accepts that she loves him, when it seems that it may be too late (like in the original). Oh, dear. Sensing angst ahead. Will they get to dance at the ball? Will Bungley attend and maybe get his chance to see Jane? He’s been slow to move so far!

    And now a poacher/thief/troublemaker! D*mn you, Wickham! What is it that you want?!

    PS. I will save Chapter 24 for Monday, so should it be a cliffhanger, I won’t feel so frustrated while waiting hahaha!

    • Cass says:

      LOL Mel! I don’t mean to leave cliffhangers but there’s quite a bit of mystery going on, so it’s hard not to sometimes!

      Yes, slowly but surely, the light is dawning for Lizzy!

  16. Anji says:

    Having been away for most of the week, I’m playing catchup now. At least I can read two chapters back to back!

    “Darcy turned back the way he had come, willing himself not to look back; he almost succeeded.” I just love the way you wrote that, Cass. Ah, but did Elizabeth look back as well? We may never know, but I’d like to think she snuck a little look back just before she left the hallway.

    Is it Wickham lurking in and around Pemberley, stealing tools and supplies? That’s the obvious answer but I’m not sure yet.

    Oh Lizzy, I’m sure her subconscious knows what her heart wants but it’s just got to convince her conscious mind that she’s been in love with him for a long time. Jane knows, though. Looking forward to when Miss Latimer arrives as that should focus things in Lizzy’s mind rather well.

    Off now to read the next chapter.

    • Cass says:

      Welcome back, Anji! πŸ˜€

      I’m glad you liked that! I was channelling Mr Thornton’s ‘look back at me’ from N&S in my mind! πŸ˜‰

      • Anji says:

        Funny you should say that, Cass. I had the exact same thing in my mind when I read it, even down to imaging Richard Armitage (and cravat!) standing in the hallway of a country house with that yearning look on his face *sigh*!

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