A Quest for Mr Darcy – Chapter Forty One

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40 Responses to A Quest for Mr Darcy – Chapter Forty One

  1. Jennifer Redlarczyk says:

    Cases, you are such a doll to come back to us with this latest chapter. It was so good! Oh, poor Lydia. I wonder what happened to her and if she was hurt or burned in the fire. And where is that scum Wickham? Oh, I wish they could go looking for her now. But first we need to have the ball and our love birds need to dance. I wonder if he will break down and tell anything to Lizzy while she is with him in the room. I would even settle for him telling her how he feels and sealing it with a kiss. Oh yummy, a kiss indeed! Romantic bursting forth here. I suspect Miss Latimer was upset more from the release she must be feeling knowing that she will not have to marry Darcy. Gosh there are so many things I want answered in the next chapter. I’ll be waiting and will check out your pics on FB in the meantime. Have a fantastic trip. You deserve it after working so hard on this one to give us our weekly fixes. Much love coming your way for a safe and enjoyable trip. Jen Red

    • Cass says:

      Thank you so much, Jen! The trip is going well, with a fab family weekend celebrating my father-in-law’s 90th in Shropshire before I headed to Derbyshire yesterday.

      After building up all the questions, the answers are all coming soon, I promise. I think you are right, we need a romance fix in-between though!

  2. Jan Steele says:

    Squeeeee! An early post! I actually like where this chapter ends — I’m left in a position where I can imagine all manner of happy, tender moments between Darcy and Elizabeth in the utility room. I’m absolutely certain Mr. Latimer will not bother them there.

    While I hope you have a wonderful time next week, I would like to offer myself as a proxy traveler for you, just in case you want to stay home and write instead of celebrating such a milestone birthday in such a delightful location. It’s a sacrifice I would be willing to make for you! πŸ™‚ *nudge, nudge, wink, wink*

  3. Janet T says:

    Excellent! This was such an enjoyable chapter with a delicious ending! It leads me to much speculation for what might come next. I loved the twins and their honesty. Mrs. Latimer is a wise and genuine lady. I like her. Miss Latimer may very well be ‘okay’ too. Lydia, that’s a different story. I’m left feeling bad for her and sad that she’s living as it appears she is. So many questions!

    Thank you for the early post. Have a wonderful visit to Derbyshire and a good birthday celebration for your father-in-law. I’ll love seeing your pictures.

    • Cass says:

      Thank you, Janet. The 90th party went well as did the whole family weekend. Now in Derbyshire immersing myself in the story’s locations and busy writing scenes set in utility rooms! πŸ˜‰

  4. Cass…. do I really really need to say it; again??! πŸ™„πŸ˜€πŸ€£
    Yay I was riiiiiiiight!!!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ€£πŸ€£ Lydia is alive!!! Okay Darcy, Bingley and the Colonel is to find Lydia – sounds like a good idea!
    Now Wickham’s note makes sense, he really needs a good wolloping when they catch him!! And Bennet needs to own up to whatever secrets he has not shared when he return!
    And now Miss Latimer… I can’t make her out, was it the kindness of the twins which made her break down?
    Oh god, Elizabeth and Darcy together in that store room! Can it be he will ask her?! Or am I mistaken in my hopes?! Arghhh Cass!!!

    Cass the tension is unbearable!!! It’s not okay we have to wait 12 days for the next part!!!! Not cool! 😀😱😱

    • Cass says:

      The time will fly, Sophia! πŸ˜‰

      You will get your answers, I just need to make sure we get some D/E moments too. Remember it’s only two weeks to the day since Lizzy chucked the water over Darcy. They have come a long way in a fortnight!

  5. Oh, I can’t wait for the next one! I am all anticipation for ODC’s time together in the utility room. I hope they can talk a little and Darcy can reassure Elizabeth of his feelings and wishes and that she can show him too that her feelings have changed a lot. And then the ball!!
    Have a wonderful trip to England, Cass!! πŸ™‚

  6. Sheila L. Majczan says:

    I saw your reply to Claudine that the next chapter was up and as it was not in my mail box I went on the Internet and found it. It seems every once in awhile my mail system does not deliver your posts????

    I am speculating: Miss Latimer may have someone she loves and she is crying over that situation as “things” have poured down upon her head: pressures from her father to engage and entice Mr. Darcy and pressures from her “lover” to acknowledge their love and then the twins’ poor “joke”.

    I do like that Elizabeth and Darcy are holed up in a small room as his face needs tending to…now Mrs. Reynolds, don’t you have an ingredient you are missing and need to go look for in the kitchen?

    Bingley: I doubt he can keep a secret but we’ll see.

    Lydia: as expected but if she has been with Wickham….not pregnant? Poor deluded child. I am sure she will be a completely different Lydia when/if she is found and restored to health. But I am a little curious as to why she would not have at least approached Jane who is all goodness and kindness?

    Cass, my wish for you is to have a safe and enjoyable trip. Ignore all of us demanding readers and take some time to entirely immerse yourself in friends and family in Britain. We love your work and we can wait even if all we want is to read of Darcy and Elizabeth acknowledging to each other their feeling.

    • Cass says:

      I’m sorry the system lets you down sometimes, Sheila. I’m not very technical, so I’m not sure what the problem is.

      LOL re Bungley!

      Thank you for the good wishes! Trip going well and I’m finding being in the scenery I am writing about is very inspiring. I drove up to a tiny village we once stayed in earlier today because that was the church I had been picturing for Kympton, only the day had gone from blue sky to thick fog so the picture I took was pretty dire! Best laid plans and all that!

  7. Maureen C says:

    Loved This!

    It was nice to see Lizzy and the twins interact with Mrs. Latimer and Miss Latimer. The twins’ kindness broke through all the emotions Miss Latimer was obviously holding back. It seems she is in need of friends, and maybe she will find them in this most unlikely situation.

    So the gentlemen will be searching for Lydia. Hopefully they will find her before Wickham does.

    And where you ended it, with Lizzy helping Darcy..I can think of some delightful scenarios that could follow.

    Thanks for posting this, and have a wonderful trip. I look forward to seeing the pictures of your travels.

    • Cass says:

      I’ve been waiting for someone to label the gentlemen the Three Musketeers, Maureen! lol

      Thank you for the good wishes! I’ll be back before you know it so we can carry on where we left off!

  8. Cristina says:

    Loved this chapter and where it ended. So it was Lydia…I feel sorry for her.

  9. Cristina says:

    I had to leave in a rush and go for my swim.
    I love how you are taking us one way and advancing a little to then move forward a little again from a different set of characters. At times it seems that fate is playing with the characters and keeping them apart ( Lizzy wants to speak to Georgiana) or bringing them together (Darcy and Elizabeth). If Darcy and Liszt are left as lone for a bit, Liszt will not need to ask Georgiana.
    Have a great during your family’s celebrations.

  10. Cristina says:

    My Kindle’ s keyboard is so treacherous! LOL

  11. Carole in Canada says:

    Well all our speculation has been answered in regard to ‘which sister’! I’m still thinking based on your descriptions that Lydia is afraid of Wickham and what he might do to her father, her sisters or herself! I do hope you have a ‘fitting end’ for him!
    As for Mrs. Latimer, I do like her! She is a practical woman who has weathered many a loss. Thank goodness she has been looking out for her daughter! I am now intrigued with what has caused Miss Latimer’s heartache and what she has closed her heart off to. Thank you for the touching scene with the twins. Their warmth of spirit must certainly save them from too strong a wrath from Bingley! LOL!
    Now as to your ending of this chapter…sigh….I am sure Darcy will become all tongue-tied and Elizabeth will be all flustered. Yes, we can dream of that scene while you are away!
    Have a safe and wonderful trip and best wishes to your father-in-law’s 90th birthday! My mother-in-law is turning 92 at the end of April!

    • Cass says:

      Ah, Wickham’s end! Hope everyone will approve when we reach it! lol

      I like Mrs Latimer too, Carole. She has evolved as the story was written, so I am surprised how she has turned out but think she is a nice balance. If she had been as vile as her husband they might have turned into pantomime characters!

      Thank you for the good wishes and sending them back for your mother-in-law in April. What a grand age!

  12. Such a deliciously mysterious story you are weaving, my dear!! Brilliantly done!! πŸ™‚

    Although it is so hard to wait nearly two weeks for the next installment, I am resigned to awaiting your return and will be content to follow your Derbyshire exploits on Facebook.

    Safe travels and many blessings,
    Susanne πŸ™‚

    • Cass says:

      Thank you so much for the good wishes, Susanne. Trip going well; currently enjoying my first visit to Derbyshire in a while. The weather is predictably English – lovely one minute, dire the next! πŸ˜‰

  13. Fran says:

    Good chapter. Have a safe trip

  14. Lizzybel says:

    Poor Miss Lattimer. It is a pleasure to know that she and her mother do not wish the wedding with Darcy. Hopefully, they can restrain Mr. Lattimer and prevent him from causing any difficulties. I hope the gentlemen are able to find and help Lydia. Of course, too many people know of her disgrace, so I do not see how they can restore her to her family. Perhaps Darcy will a place in Scotland he can send her to live and work. I love the thought that Mrs. Reynolds brought Lizzy to help with Darcy’s injury. It is both touching and intimate. The wait for the ball will be long, but I hope you have a good trip.

    • Cass says:

      I have a hilarious visual image, Lizzybel, of Mrs Latimer and her daughter physically restraining Mr Latimer! To the dungeons with him! Mwahahaha! πŸ˜‰

      Thank you, trip going well! I’ve not been pranked by the twins yet, at any rate! πŸ˜‰

  15. Carol in CT says:

    I would love to read a story about Mrs. Latimer and how she manages her social climbing husband! Thanks for another great story. I also enjoy reading the comments and speculation about all the mysteries you have presented. Have a great trip / enjoy Derbyshire! I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures on FB.

    • Cass says:

      I am SO loving the comments, Carol! The speculation is so much fun and some of you are very good at guessing!

      I am enjoying Derbyshire immensely and finding it fun imagining the characters in the scenery. ❀

  16. justjane1813 says:

    Oh, Cass. You are such a tease!! But a good one.

    I love everything that’s going on in this story and now we leave with Mr. Darcy sitting on the table with his coat… I can only imagine what will happen next!?!?

    Have a great trip. I look forward to seeing your Facebook posts!

  17. Love the twists this book is taking. Does Miss Latimer have a secret love? And is it connected to the ribbon in the tree? I do hope she hasn’t become one of Whickhams victims. Looking foreword to the plot development

    • Cass says:

      Hope you continue to enjoy, Carol! You are joining the ‘Carol(e\ Club – we have about four of you commenting now! πŸ˜‰

      Ah the ribbon…

  18. Trez says:

    What no post unit the 21st? But I am all anticipation. Our dear couple finally get into a room for some privacy and now we have to wait? Lol, you are a tease!
    Well Lydia must have got some scrupples to be starting any fire on her own, to be away from her horrid husband, in hiding no less, to be catching chickens. Hmm, I wonder if Wickham knows she is alive, I suppose that what his blackmail is about.
    On the other end I am happy to see some sort of break through with Miss Larimer. I knew she was doing her father’s bidding. Can somebody just whisper in her ear while she’s having her tea and delicacy, “My dear girl, the Colonel is free.” πŸ˜‰
    Nice to see the gents teaming up to try to find the girl. And where has latimee been all day? Mayhap he fell off a peak on his walk… oh, I jest, of course.
    I so enjoyed these two chappies!
    I’m quite looking forward to the discussion between our D&E.

    • Cass says:

      LOL re Lydia fire lighting!

      Loving the whisper in Miss L’s ear re the Colonel! LOL

      Latimer was sent on a long walk by his wife after he’d blown his top first thing over the twins. He has yet to reappear – thankfully! But seriously, LOL re falling off a peak.

  19. Donna K says:

    This is ever so well written. I look forwar to each post. This sure leaves us all in suspense. I. Hope Mr. Altimeter does not expect a compromise marriage that will make Darcy and his daughter miserable. She is more to feel compassion for now. I do wonder about Lydia, Mr. Bennet, and Mr. Wickham. It seems the dead are not necessarily gone. There’s quite a mystery here. It seems like Lizzy and Darcy are closer to understanding each other. I sure hope this gets published.

  20. Anji says:

    Oh I’ve got sooo behind in reading your chapters, Cass, so I’ll be having a concerted effort to catch up this coming week. I’m wondering if Miss L. has a secret admirer who her father wouldn’t approve of and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the still room and the ball very shortly!

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