A Quest for Mr Darcy – Chapter Fifty Five

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54 Responses to A Quest for Mr Darcy – Chapter Fifty Five

  1. Carol hoyt says:

    Wonder women! Let them roar!!!!
    Loved loved this chapter! I can only say, poor hound. In hopes that he can be saved as he deserves a rich, comfy life!
    Cass , you exceeded expectations!!

    • Cass says:

      Yes, go the girls, Carol! πŸ˜‰

      So glad you enjoyed this! As for the poor hound, I am sure you won’t be the only one wanting him saved!

  2. Jennifer Redlarczyk says:

    Wow! So GW is dead! Great rescue scene and three cheers for the 5 women who rule! Oh, and the dog. Such a great chapter. Sorry about your flight. Thanks for posting today. Love it!

  3. Carole in Canada says:

    Yes (pumping fist into the air)!!!! He was sliced by the arrows and pelted with the apples! I was not expecting the dear dog to be his end though! Brilliant!!!!! Please save the dog! I’m sure he can be saved! What a touching scene of each of the men running to those they loved! Thank you! (Truly, I am not a blood thirsty person!)

    Sorry to hear your flight was cancelled and your plans to return home flew out the window! Glad you are back safe and sound!

    • Carole in Canada says:

      Sorry, to post twice…I went to make a correction in my spelling and through my computer into a tailspin!

    • Cass says:

      LOL – yes, lots of pleas for the dog. I thought there might be… ❀

      I'm not blood thirsty either, Carole, but this scene came into my head months ago and I just wanted to make it work!

  4. Cristina says:

    I am loving that the girls stood up for each other and managed to control Wickham. He will no longer be able to spread stories to damage the ladies reputations. He has done too much damage already. I was very impressed with Miss Latimer and with Georgiana…with all the girls really. Now for some tender loving care from Darcy for the two ladies who mean the most to him in the whole world.
    Can’t wait for more.
    This story is so gripping!

    • Cass says:

      I wanted very much to make the women the ones who saved the situation (albeit the dog is male, lol!) Much as I love a heroic Darcy coming to the rescue, I just wanted them to win the day!

      So glad you enjoyed it, Cristina! ❀

  5. Revam says:

    Girl power.hu hu….finally Wickham.
    nice chapter.

  6. rp73fr says:

    Great chapter! Thank you for posting today 😍

  7. Tya says:

    I love that Wickham, who spent his life using women and torturing women and destroying women’s reputations met his end by a group of women standing up for each other, standing up for themselves. Such an awesome story! And really… the dog. He’s gotta live the rest of his life eating steak. A long life, if you will.

  8. Sheila L. Majczan says:

    Dear readers, I do believe our dear author meant Wickham when the Colonel said “animal”…note that the dog is eating the food stuff which pelted Wickham!!! But a little play on words is always clever, Cass. I love how Elizabeth flew into Darcy’s arms. And thank you for putting an end to Wickham. I hate how he gets to hang around and suck money out of Darcy in canon but JA did it to save the Bennet family’s reputation. Great climax moment here. Now we can settle in and read just who gets Miss Latimer or if the Colonel has that prize. And where can see send Latimer? He has not been a very nice fellow in this story. And the twins…imagine they will have to now learn that some secrets are not to be shared.

    “some of which was being greedily consumed by the large hound now lying across his chest”

    • Cass says:

      It was only a brief Darcy/Elizabeth moment in this one, Sheila, wasn’t it, but we can improve that in the next one! ❀

      I just wanted Wickham shut up once and for all in the story, and I'm happy to now concentrate on tying up the loose ends, both Miss and Mr Latimer being two of them! πŸ˜‰

  9. katherinelschmitt says:

    Of course you know that Wickham can no longer create further hateful havoc in any of your future novels, Cass! Please find a way to help the hound … after all, all he was trying to do was have a snack !

    • Cass says:

      An excellent point, Katherine! How nice to be rid of him forever.

      Yes, don’t worry. I think the hound deserves a second chance; besides, he was, as you say, only trying to have a snack! πŸ˜‰

  10. Wuhuuuu!!!! *dances around the room in glee* Wickham is dead Wickham is dead!!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» Well done Cass! I’m applauding you from Scandinavia!!! That was more than I was hoping for!!
    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ oh goodness I love the twins!! They are beyond funny and brilliant in their thought up antics! But gosh I was scared that someone was shot by that lunatic! Thank god that Darcy was warned! And seriously how stupid is Wickham, threatening women who have the means to kill him, hello am I the only one who sees the stupidity in poking a sleeping bear in the eye? Sorry for the bad metafor but still πŸ˜πŸ™„
    Good on Elizabeth for keeping him talking! That was plain smart! I would have been dead scared myself! And Eleanore… my my I do like her quite well nowadays, maybe a possible match for the Colonel?

    Cass brilliant chapter!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» Can’t wait for more! And the cat is out of the bag about the engagement πŸ’ of Darcy and Elizabeth! Wuhuu!!! πŸŽ‰πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ»

    • Cass says:

      LOL!, Sophia. Loving your reaction, and hey, you’re not telling me off again! πŸ˜€

      Loving the ‘poke a sleeping bear in the eye’ reference! LOL

  11. Anji says:

    Being the owner of a “hound” who’s had very recent health problems, I’m saying that you MUST save this one, Cass! I can deal with Wickham’s demise much easier than the dog’s. Poor animal has done nothing wrong, except try to get a bit of extra food. Whereas Wickham……well, where does one start? I can’t actually bring any redeeming features to mind at all and certainly won’t lose any sleep over it.

    As to the rest, I love the twins using food as weapons – it reminds me a little of Neville Longbottom and Professor Sprout using plants as weapons during the battle for Hogwarts in The Deathly Hallows. When I commented on the previous chapter, I’d totally forgotten that Eleanor Latimer was armed with a real weapon, until others mentioned it. So glad she was able to bring her archery skills into play. I wonder if the Colonel noticed and/or appreciated those skills? And Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s embrace was a lovely, tender, all-too-brief moment.

    Finally, and only because my brain picks up on irrelevant little details like this, at totally the wrong moments, with annoying frequency, Darcy’s going to catch it from his head gardener – “as Darcy galloped across the tailored lawns towards the back of the house”. Have you seen the mess horses’ hooves make when galloping? On a manicured lawn, it’ll be a complete disaster!

    • Cass says:

      Rest assured, Anji, I have the hound’s best interests at heart! ❀ Hope Rodeo is doing better!

      I think the Colonel is noticing more and more about Eleanor Latimer – and she's proving a real dark horse! ❀

      LOL re the lawns. Quite right; I thought the same as I set him off across the lawn, but Darcy really wouldn't care in the circumstances, would he? πŸ˜‰

  12. Maureen C says:

    Wickham finally got what was coming to him. Good for the women who stood up to him. Yes, he definitely underestimated his opponents! Thanks for posting!

  13. Yes, the women triumphed! And ding, dong, the wicked Wickham is dead!! I guess his proverbial “luck” has at last run out. And to be downed by an ancient hound! What a way to go….

    Go, ladies!!! Love the “food fight” from the twins, and Eleanor’s steadiness of both aim and character. And Georgiana stood up firmly to Wickham as well. Elizabeth was wonderful, as always! And then the gentlemen sweep in at the end. Love seeing Elizabeth run to Darcy!! πŸ˜€

    A powerful chapter, m’dear!! I loved it!! Thank you for writing it despite your travel woes. πŸ˜‰

    Warmly,
    Susanne πŸ™‚

    • Cass says:

      LOL, Susanne. I wondered if anyone would do the ‘ding dong’ thing! ❀

      So happy you enjoyed the chapter and outcome!

  14. Beate says:

    Cass! This is so wooohooo!!! Strong girls are always bad for a man πŸ˜‰ You did this beautyfully again. Sorry to hear about your troubles – travel is not so easy these days. And yes: please save the dog!

  15. Donna Krug says:

    No more Wickham! What a relief. Poor heroic hound, but no one can be accused of murdering a worthless libertine, though anything that happened would be in defense of loved ones and selves. I am sure Darcy did not think of manicured lawns when the women dearest to him and others under his protection were in danger. This should also set Mr Bennet free. Maybe Lydia, too. In canon, the one thing I did not like was that Wickham was left free unless the military sent him to war. Ah, jumping for joy. Wickham is dead.

    • Cass says:

      No, I don’t think Darcy spared a thought for the lawns! πŸ˜‰

      Lots of repercussions in a good way from no more Wickham, Donna!

  16. Fran says:

    Good riddance to wickham. Thanks

  17. Beate says:

    Well, I have to say – a bit of out of context – I appreciate that you know England. What I read just now – people going down from Hertfordshire for a Stopp over in London on their way to Derbyshire – without reason… there are so many authors who should look at the map, think about traveling in those days. It took days to travel from London to Derbyshire. Even these always mentioned 3 days are optimistic. I remember an exhibition in Chatsworth about ‘The Bachelor (Duke, Prime Minister? The 6th Duke)’ the journey needing 6! Days – if the weather was good. Yes, I know I’m pedantic. But 15/16 Miles per Hour could not be achieved with a coach, that’s what you did with a Phaeton build for Highspeed. What I want to say – I appreciate your knowledge, your poise, your approach to the language. It’s really funny, because English is not my mother tongue. But one can make out mistakes so easily. Maybe because I’m a journalist I’m adept to orthography (alas not to punctuation). You are gifted and I want to thank you for sharing this with us!

    • Cass says:

      Your English is very good, Beate! You would not want to try and decipher my written German (or even my spoken German!) πŸ˜‰

      Interestingly, with regard to the distance from Pemberley to Hertfordshire (not London), Jane Austen gets the Gardiners and Lizzy back home in a day and a half!

      Vol III, Chapter V:
      “They travelled as expeditiously as possible; and sleeping one night on the road, reached Longbourn by dinner-time the next day.”

      So glad you are continuing to enjoy the story! Hope you get back to your beloved Derbyshire soon! ❀

  18. Lizzybel says:

    Excellent chapter! It is wonderful the way the women supported each other in order to neutralize Wickham. I love the outcome for him!

  19. Trez says:

    Oh, that Wicky, at least the Bennet’s do not have to worry about him anymore.
    It was nice to see Eleanor (aka:maid Miriam) support or dear girls with a full on assault from the twins.
    Loved the chappy, Cass

  20. Thank God we are rid of that scoundrel!! Now I am looking forward to all the mush! πŸ˜‰

  21. Ruth Janes says:

    Another great chapter Cass. Never under estimate the power of a group of ladies again, especially with the twins and Miss Latimer and their ammunition!
    I reckon the hound will be ok, after all it’s still eating! I think Wickham killed himself when he cracked his head on the tree and that suspect shotgun!
    Looking forward to the next installment, where I think lots of exciting and lovely things are going to be revealed?!!

    • Cass says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Ruth!

      So, Daniela wants mush and you would like lots of exciting and lovely things revealed? The list for these last two chapters keeps growing!

  22. Hollis says:

    Well, that was very satisfying. Hope the dog, (animal that is) won’t have to be put down. Very nice Cass, very nice.

  23. Peggy says:

    I finally got caught up on my reading, and am rewarded by the news of Wickham’s demise. My first reaction? Ding-dong, the Wick is dead! Which old Wick? The wicked Wick! Ding-dong, the wicked Wick is Dead! (OK, no more singing) I join the majority in celebration of the power of a group of clever females combining forces to defeat such a man who used and abused women and girls.

    • Cass says:

      Loving the singing, Peggy. Susanne had the same song in her head too after this chapter! lol

      So pleased you enjoyed Wickham’s demise!

  24. pathg says:

    Cass!! In such cases as this a good memory is unpardonable … so I have forgotten the withdrawal crisis I faced because of the delay in getting this chapter!! πŸ™‚

    you have done wonders in this chapter! You have managed to allow all the ladies to play a part in fighting Wickham; establishing a stronger bond between them; have the scoundrel dead without having any of them traumatised for being the one to have killed him; and adding some small touches of romance (D&L; a little hint of Colonel and Miss Lattimer getting closer; …)

    many thanks!
    Patricia

    PS: and I am glad to know you have been able to enjoy your trip, overcome the setbacks and is now safely back home!

    • Cass says:

      LOL, Patricia! I’m sorry to have given you withdrawal pains, but am happy you are able to overlook my tardiness! πŸ˜‰

      I wanted the women to triumph over Wickham but, as you say, without any of them individually being the one who was responsible for his death. Not much room for romance as a consequence, but more to come! ❀

  25. ANovick says:

    Please save the hound one of the heroes of this tale! He needs to live in luxury at Pemberley for the rest of his life.
    I am so happy the girls worked together and saved the day. Thank goodness Wickham is dead.

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