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Did Darcy just kiss her on the cheek???! Omg! Darcy really need to send the Latimers packing quickly!!
And the so called ghost ‘ghost’ is nothing more than signals between thiefs i am sure!
Cass how can you leave us here at the chapter?! Seriously?! Need more mystery and Pemberley! And more romance I hope? 👍🏻
Yes, Sophia, he DID! ❤
You need more mystery? Okay! 😉 Definitely more romance coming ❤
Disappointed ? Not in the least.
Slowly getting together……
After the colonels comments, I’m now worried about mr latimer .
Can’t hardly wait for the next posting!
Pleased you weren’t disappointed, Carol!
Oh my! Thank God Thursday is not that far! That last scene was amazing, Cass. That he said she would always have his protection….awwww….my heart melt there. And the kiss!!! I can’t wait for Darcy to talk to Latimer and be done with them for good! Oh, the anticipation! I feel like Mrs Bennet here!! lol.
Yes, Thursday will be here before you know it, Daniela. I’ll try not to leave a big cliffie! 😉
lol re Mrs B!
Disappointed? I’m all a-flutter! I don’t think I even took a breath during that hallway scene! No library scene could compare to that one!
Great job, Cass!
Thank you, Carol! Glad you enjoyed the scene, even if you were a bit breathless!
Oh Hang the Library! They were behind the curtain in the alcove together and then later he Kissed her cheek. Oh sigh, oh swoon, oh flutter my heart. But … what about the morrow. I would like to say Hang the morrow but he has to deal with Latimer and Lizzy has to watch it all as though she was a disinterested party. Teasing authoress.
LOL re the library, Jen.
Oh, I am so with you, Jen. I kept waiting for him to pull her into his arms in that alcove!!!! A little kiss…PLEASE! But our Darcy is ever the gentleman.
As long as there will be a HEA, the Latimers can be tolerated. 😉
Precisely, Dave! 😉
I am a little afraid for Elizabeth when the Latimers arrive. I don’t know if they will be very snobbish and kind of treat her with contempt, especially if they realize there is something going on between Darcy and her (some stolen glances…). It is a very hard position to be in. I hope it is over quickly, Cass.
The Latimers will soon be here, Daniela, and as Darcy thinks, the sooner they are here, the better! 😉
Squee! He kissed her cheek! Nope, not at all disappointed. Their time in the hallway was perfect — hiding behind a tapestry — divine! I also love that they both feel uncomfortable about the imminent arrival of the Latimers. I, on the other hand, expect great things to happen with Mr. Latimer. Darcy will have to prove that he is smarter than a fish. (That should be mighty entertaining.) I also wonder if once Mr. Latimer eventually perceives that Darcy has escaped his line, he will then cast it toward one of the other two men present. (Be afraid, Colonel, be very afraid.)
Smarter than a fish – love it, Jan! lol And the ‘be very afraid’!!
This is getting hot now! It’s a good job the Colonial didn’t find Darcy and Elizabeth behind the curtain, otherwise Darcy would have had some explaining to do, particularly with Elizabeth in her night clothes!!! Looking forward to Thursday’s installment Cass.
Thank you, Ruth! Yes, things are warming up now!
Yes, Darcy’s hand would be forced as she is SO comprised if anyone sees her in her nightgown with him.
I am SO ready to read this through to the end. And no word from Mr. Bennet? The lights in the trees…Wickham setting out to steal some more poultry or rob a vegetable garden…is my supposition. Thanks for this chapter…like fish wiggling on a line we are caught and can only be released by coming to that HEA.
LOL re the fish, Sheila! 😉
Holding my breath there. I hope Darcy doesn’t inadvertently do anything to discomfort Lizzie when the latimers come. Glad the colonel is there to run interference. Thanks.
We can usually rely on the Colonel, Fran!
No definitely not disappointed after that encounter in the hallway…be still my heart! I’m thinking that the Colonel had a good idea what was happening. One would be able to ‘smell’ the candles after they were blown out! I’m sure he was smiling while humming! Then to hear how Mr. Latimer is ‘using’ his daughter to catch a ‘big fish’ leaves me wondering even more how his daughter really feels about all of this. I really don’t want to dislike her as she is a pawn in her father’s hands! Maybe she can fall in love with Wentworth?! The Colonel?!
Now we know the locket cannot be found and Mr. Bennet has gone north not south to London! The ‘ghost’ is more than a spectre and I am sure it is Wickham looking forward to showing his hand at just the right moment. Oh Darcy is definitely going to have his hands full with both men wanting ‘a pound of flesh’ from him! Thank goodness we don’t have to wait until next Tuesday for further details on the Latimer’s arrival! Be strong LIzzy!
You know the Colonel well, Carole! 😉
Yes, Darcy has a lot coming up, but we know he can cope! lol
Such a lovely chapter!!!
But next time we’ll meet the Latimers…and Richard will likely be correct in Darcy’s dealings with Mr. Latimer. It’s not going to be pretty, and it’s probably going to cause Elizabeth much anguish.
Thank you again for writing for us!!!
My pleasure, Susanne, and thank you for commenting!
Tuesdays are very busy for me and I only just finished reading this chapter. I am very well pleased with Darcy and Elizabeth’s time behind the curtain, the parting kiss and Darcy’s words…all ‘swoonworthy’. I am loving every minute.
PS: I am reading The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen. It helps a lot during the waiting times as well as being very enjoyable in itself.
Oh, I am so happy you are reading The Particular Charm! I do hope you continue to enjoy it, Cristina. We had so much fun writing it!
Loved this chapter! I, too, was thinking that the Colonel probably was aware of who was behind the tapestry…and smirking as he made his way down the hall.
I’m thinking neither Darcy nor Lizzy will get much sleep after this latest encounter!
He does like a good smirk, does the Colonel, Maureen! 😉
I am thinking you are right about the sleepless nights!
I enjoyed this chapter as usual, but am going to make some suppositions about future happenings. The one raiding the gardens and the strange “ghost” is Wickham. He somehow stole the necklace, and drew Mr. Bennet away, but his purpose alludes me. Has he not done enough damage to the Bennets? What more could he want? I cannot wait to find out!
And you will get your answers, Lizzybel! You’ve made some logical connections, but I’m not saying a word on whether any of it’s right or not! 😉
To my mortification, this is the first I’ve read of this book! Should I wait for the formal publication or do you have an additional 30 chapters planned? I’m all atwitter at the thought of hiding in a dark alcove with Mr. Darcy!
Definitely not another 30 chapters, Katherine! I can’t say how many but we’re much nearer the end than the middle of the story!
I hope you give us enough time to enjoy ODC together once they are reunited. 🙂
Oh no disappointment here Cass, I enjoyed every min of this and all the chapters we have been so lucky as to read. The Tapestry scene reminded me of on in Harry Potter, “Lumos”, “Nox” LOL. Can’t wait for this to play out with the Latimer’s, should be interesting 🙂
Loving the Harry Potter connection, Julie! Perhaps what Darcy needs is an invisibility cloak!
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Wow — Darcy was as affected as your readers! A cold bath — yikes! Waiting anxiously for the resolution to all these questions …
Yup. He needed the Regency equivalent of a cold shower! lol
I’m glad Darcy didn’t show Elizabeth the library. It was too predictable, as are several other choices to get them close together, and several scenes once they are together that you chose not to follow. This was fresher, and much more satisfying for the JAFF reader always wanting a new twist. Thanks!
Haha re the library, Suzan. I’m glad you are glad! 😀
*Sigh!*. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more delicious than the previous chapter. And he kisses her on the CHEEK? Come on Darcy, you can do better than that! Ah, but then he wouldn’t be the honourable man we all know and love, would he?
Hmmm, the mystery grows deeper. The Ghost MUST be linked to Mr. Fox somehow, I’m thinking, especially with Alice’s latest reports of theft. I’m also wondering what will happen if some post arrives for Mr. Bennet from London whilst he’s away. Would Jane and Elizabeth think it necessary to open it?
At least, I’ve only got to wait till tomorrow for the next chapter!
Yes, I know, Anji. We all wish they could have a good proper snog together, but you’re right. He is an honourable man. Not a bad step forward in trying to show Elizabeth he likes her, though! 😉
The post is on its way! 😉
I agree with Suzan. I liked the idea of “ghost-hunting,” if that’s what it is. I do hope it’s not too easy once the Latimers arrive. I’d like to see the father put up a bit of a fight!!
Thank you for the chapter!
I think you might get your wish re Mr Latimer, Claudine! 😉
He kissed, her, he kissed her, la-la-la, he kissed her. 😉
I bet it was a natural reaction, something he wasn’t planning on doing.
LOL, Trez! Absolutely!