A Quest for Mr Darcy – Chapter Twenty Nine

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29 Responses to A Quest for Mr Darcy – Chapter Twenty Nine

  1. Carol hoyt says:

    I had forgotten the twins plans for Elizabeth and bingley. .
    This should be an interesting picnic!

    Mr Bennett and mrs annesley?
    Another fold in the napkin!


  2. Jennifer Redlarczyk says:

    I’m wondering if the colonel has any idea what the twins are up to. I think Darcy is going to be thoroughly frustrated. Say when did you say the Lattamers were coming?


  3. Jennifer Redlarczyk says:

    Another thought, If Wentworth happens to drop in on the picnic it could be really interesting since Jane hasn’t made up her mind. Plus I’m wondering what’s wrong with Bennet. So many questions.


    • Cass says:

      Yes, lots of questions, but I can answer one of them. Wentworth is not coming to the picnic because the twins didn’t invite him!


  4. Sheila L. Majczan says:

    Oh, now I am having suspicions that Mr. Bennet is not well and thus he wants to have as many of his daughters settled into marriage as possible as a guard against leaving them alone and unprotected in the world. Hope I am wrong.

    So it is Mrs. Annesley that he has been meeting in the book shop. But the previous widow didn’t use that name. I will have to go back and seek out her name. Teases as with whom Mr. Bennet might find a further interest.

    OH, Jane, please hold out for love – do you, can you, love Mr. Wentworth? Bingley – he who hesitates and all that – you don’t know what is going on behind your back and I can’t see anyone telling you.

    Thank you for this chapter – I look forward to the last one in this year. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.


    • Cass says:

      Hmm, I will have to go back and look her up as well, Sheila, because I don’t remember any other widow being mentioned. LOL Now you have me rather worried!

      Merry Christmas, Sheila! Look forward to seeing you in the New Year as the story reaches its climax!


  5. Carol in CT says:

    What a nice surprise! I love the idea of Mr. Bennet and Mrs. Annesley having a secret romance! It would be so lovely to see them get together. And wouldn’t be amazing if they had an heir for Longbourn? Oh but I’m getting ahead of myself… πŸ˜‰
    But I’m also worried that Mr. Bennet is unwell and wishing to get his girls married off quickly.
    Looking forward to Thursday to see what you have cooked up for us!


  6. Debra Mc says:

    An indoor picnic with the match-making twins will be delightful! And Mr B and Mrs A have been flirting at the bookshop? That was a sweet surprise.

    So much to look forward to! What is Darcy’s way to go about wooing ODG? How much will his cousin interfere? Will the Latimers feel jilted and cause trouble? What will Jane do about this proposal? Is Wickham our poacher? And what secrets is Mr Bennet keeping?

    I’m just loving this story and look forward to your next post. Have you said how long the story will be? There is so much unresolved at this point!


    • Cass says:

      I’m not sure Darcy knows how he’s going to go about wooing Elizabeth. Trial and error, I suspect, Debra! πŸ˜‰

      I’ve not set a length, but as it will be about 80,000 words after Thursday’s chapter, I’m hoping we’re into the final stretch! There are 30 chapters so far (though they have grown in length from the size I started to post), and I suspect it will another 15 to conclude the story.

      Thank you for reading along and commenting!


  7. Carole in Canada says:

    Hmmm…I’m thinking there is some nefarious scheme afoot that has Mr. Bennet worried as he is not sleeping. I think that he and Mrs. Annesley would be a delightful pairing! Never seen that before! The twins are still unaware of the true undercurrents going on but it should prove interesting nonetheless. As for Wentworth and Miss Bennet…if she has to think about it, she doesn’t truly love him!

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Cass! Be safe and I look forward to the final post of the year!


  8. Cristina says:

    Just read this chapter and I am thoroughly enjoying the development of the story. I need to go to sleep now.
    Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all.:)


  9. Okay I’m really curious now… why the heck is Mr. Bennet close to bitting Elizabeth’s head off? What ails him I wonder? My inner voice screams: Cancer!! Please Cass, not that! I’m literally begging you!

    And the proposal…. I do wonder what Jane will do, but hopefully she will listen to her heart!

    Oh it was Mrs. Annesley that Mr. Bennet met in the book shop!!! Uhhh that is promising somehow! Can’t wait to see where this goes!


    • Cass says:

      No need to beg, Sophia. As someone who’s had cancer, I have no desire to include it in something I am doing for pleasure! πŸ˜‰

      Thank you for continuing to read along and comment!

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  10. Sheila L. Majczan says:

    I went back to see if my memory was failing

    “As it was, he reached for a particular tome at the precise moment that a lady to his left also did, their hands meeting in mid-air, though both quickly withdrew them and apologised.
    He turned to look at the lady, who was simply but elegantly dressed and appeared to be around the age of five and thirty, and smiled. β€˜Forgive me, after you, madam,’ and he gestured towards the book.”

    So there was a lady but she is unnamed and I have to assume it is Mrs. Annesley?


    • Cass says:

      LOL, Sheila!

      I remember this scene perfectly well, but I knew I had not named the lady or referred to her as a widow in it, so that’s what had me worried! I thought I’d slipped up somewhere else! Yes, this was Mrs Annesley! πŸ˜€


  11. Jan Steele says:

    Oh, those wacky match-making twins! I love Darcy glaring at his cousin who seems to be delighted with the picnic’s seating arrangements. I hope Darcy at least enjoys being able to gaze upon Elizabeth’s loveliness, even if he is unable to actually talk with her. (I just loves me some frustrated Darcy!)

    Hmmm. Mr. Bennet and Mrs. Annesley — very interesting! I’m hoping that Mr. Bennet is not ill, but that his prickliness is due to some lingering problems that arose following Mrs. Bennet’s death and the suspicion Mrs. Phillips tried to pin on him. Suspicion that I am sure will be dispelled in due time (unless, of course, Mr. Bennet actually did kill Mrs. Bennet by administering an overdose of smelling salts after causing her nerves to flutter by declaring something quite beyond her ability to comprehend).

    On another note, I recently read The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen (kept me awake during a long flight when I probably should have been sleeping) and thoroughly enjoyed it! Please tell me that you and your co-author have a sequel in the works (please, please, pretty please).


    • Cass says:

      LOL, Jan,re this:

      “unless, of course, Mr. Bennet actually did kill Mrs. Bennet by administering an overdose of smelling salts after causing her nerves to flutter by declaring something quite beyond her ability to comprehend).”

      Love it!

      I’m SO happy you enjoyed The Particular Charm! We had so much fun writing it. We do plan a sequel (as you can probably tell from the ending) but I just wanted to get this story finished first. πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for telling me you enjoyed it. It means so much! ❀


  12. Anji says:

    I didn’t see that coming about Mrs. Annesley but it makes perfect sense actually – widow in the area whom Mr. Bennet hasn’t come across before. Nice one! But then, is Mr. Bennet ill (heart maybe?). The mysterious receipt could be for some sort of medication to be mixed up (something involving digitalis, possibly). That’s me putting my pharmacist’s (or should I say apothecary’s) hat on. I’ve been in my profession long enough to remember mixing up potions and lotions in the pharmacy to recipes as prescribed by GPs. Like you, I’ve come through cancer, so I’m glad it’s not that. Or is it some sort of financial trouble? Either could make him desire a marriage for one, or both, of his daughters asap.

    So the twins are still going with their original plans for Elizabeth/Bingley and Jane/Darcy. What might they observe during the rest of the afternoon? Will Jane come to any conclusion regarding at least one of her potential suitors during that time? Whatever happens, the Colonel is sure to observe it and have something to say about it, too.

    Hopefully, I’ll be able to read tomorrow’s chapter on hpthe morrow, but something rather complicated has cropped up work-wise so I may have to leave it till Friday or Saturday.

    Have a great Christmas and New Year!


    • Cass says:

      Loving the pharmacist suggestions, Anji!

      Hugs re the cancer ❀

      Yes, I think you can rely on the Colonel to be sticking his oar in during the next chapter! πŸ˜‰

      Sorry to hear work is complicated so near to the holidays! Hope you are soon able to relax!

      Happy Christmas, and look forward to seeing you in February!


  13. I wonder what secret Mr. Bennet is keeping? Is it related to his acquaintance with Mrs. Annesley? Or is it of more serious import?

    The twins are an unstoppable force of nature!! (But they seem to have set the wrong couples together at the picnic! Was this a mistake on their part, or a sally in their master plan of reuniting the couples?

    I am very much looking forward to your return (a safe journey, I pray!) and to the next installment of this lovely story!! Thank you, so much, for writing for us!!

    May your Christmastide be filled “Up to the brim, and even above the brim”* with joy and cheer, and may your New Year be happy, healthy, and blessed!!

    With warmest holy-day wishes,
    Susanne πŸ™‚
    (* quotation from the poem “Birches” by Robert Frost)


    • Cass says:

      Love the quote, Susanne! ❀ Thank you!

      The twins have entered the picnic still with their misguided belief that Jane and Darcy and Elizabeth and Bungley suit each other. I doubt it will last too long! πŸ˜‰

      Sending you equally warm wishes for this festive season of joy too, Susanne! ❀


  14. Mel says:

    I missed commenting on Rev. Wentworth’s proposal in the previous chapter because I knew I had another chapter ready to be read and was hoping it would have some answer from Jane. So she did not say yes; yet was too nice to just say no. I really liked though that it gave the sisters a moment to remember their mother fondly, and with some humor. Perhaps time does help…

    Mr. Bennet and Mrs. Annesley, what an interesting pairing!

    Oh, these twins! So crazy! Being an outside observer (like our dear Colonel), it’s just so much fun to watch how events will unfold on this picnic πŸ™‚


    • Cass says:

      Jane has developed in a way that I didn’t anticipate when I first started to write this story. I’m not entirely sure yet where she is leading me! πŸ˜€

      There are lots of developments coming to a head soon!


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