A Quest for Mr Darcy – Chapter Fifty Six

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45 Responses to A Quest for Mr Darcy – Chapter Fifty Six

  1. Jennifer Redlarczyk says:

    Oh what another great chapter. I think you are doing very well at tying up the loose ends and I love the prospect of Miss Latimer and the colonel. Hmm…. I wonder what her father will say to that. So lets read the bands and have the wedding. Oh, I almost forgot, what about Lydia? At any rate, I know you will work it out to our satisfaction. Thanks so much for this wonderful story. Jen Red

    • Cass says:

      Ah yes, Lydia. You will find out more about her in the last chapter (it’s not her story, really, though of course she is the cause of a lot of things!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

      So pleased you’ve enjoyed it, Jen!

  2. Jan Steele says:

    *sigh* That was divine! Wickham will never cause anyone else trouble. Mr. Pickering hopefully will be able to work his healing magic on Hero who has proven to be quite the hero. Miss Latimer has fully awakened to the person she really is. The Bingley twins continue to delight (I’m going to hate to see them go to school). Mr. Latimer has declared he is going to take his ill temper away from the Pemberley House of Ill Repute (*snort*). And Darcy and Elizabeth indulged in more kissing. All’s right with the world and I’m exceedingly happy about it!

  3. Nathalie says:

    Thank you Cass for a lovely chapter – again. Latimer made me smile, and I do hope that he is going to find his daughter quite altered even when they leave Pemberley. And I wonder how a place can be preposterous?? ๐Ÿ™‚ He should go to Rosings maybe to soothe his feathers… (that would be really funny). It was quite an emotional day for everyone, but everything seems to be falling into place. I am a bit disappointed that the good Colonel seems to like Eleanor but alas… what can I do?…

    • Cass says:

      Ah, Nathalie, I am sorry about the Colonel, but I can’t please everyone’s ‘ship’! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Hmm, Mr Latimer at Rosings. He and Lady Catherine sound like they are made for each other – they sit and be mutually disapproving and thoroughly unpleasant all day long!

  4. Katherine Schmitt says:

    I know you’ll do a fabulous job with the next chapter, Cass. I am willing to sit here alone in the dark while I wait. Just please don’t forget to include good news about the dog! Seriously, I am so happy to observe and read of your skilled story telling. Thank you!

  5. Bobby ford says:

    I shall be sorry to see this story end. ๐Ÿ˜ญ
    I have truly enjoyed it.

  6. Hollis says:

    It will be interesting to see what Elizabeth will contrive to get Miss Latimer betrothed to the Colonel. Will she fall into the Colonel’s arms? Will the twins take it into their heads to do something. I know, Cass has something up her sleeve to get the job done. After all, why not a triple wedding?>?????

    • Cass says:

      Me? Something up my sleeve? Surely not! lol

      Thank you, Hollis. I think the final chapter might be a rather big one!

  7. Sheila L. Majczan says:

    Lovely chapter. Wondering if Latimer will require that his daughter accompany him away from this house of ill-repute? I am glad the dog seems to be “savable”. And hoping to read of a wedding or more before we depart company. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  8. Beate says:

    What else is there to say – Jennifer and Jan are absolutely right. It’s sad that the next chapter is the last… as I said before. Such a beautiful story ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

    • Cass says:

      Thank you, Beate. I have to draw it to a close as I am about to start writing the sequel to another book straight after!

  9. LizzieS says:

    An absolutely beautiful story. I am sad that ‘the end is nigh’ but all good things have to end. I look forward to reading Eleanor’s betrothal with Fitzy. What will papa say??

  10. Carole in Canada says:

    Haha! Oh the ‘shades of Pemberley’ little does Lady Catherine know that Darcy is having the last laugh! Brilliant chapter…the villain has been dealt with quite well by our “Hero”, friendships have been solidified, love is in the air and Mr. Darcy is laughing in his study! What more could we ask for?

    Well, I was thinking…since your trilogy, which is one of my all time favourites, was so beautifully written, maybe this could be the first book in a new one…then the Colonel, Eleanor and Jane Bingley could be the second, and the twins, Georgiana, Lydia, Mary and Katherine can have the final book!!! This way the story wont end any time soon! It’s just a lovely thought that it will sustain me until your next post!

    • Cass says:

      LOL, Carole! Lovely thought indeed!

      I set out to write Darcy and Elizabeth’s story and that alone is already at 190,000 words, which is 90,000 more than I intended. I’m afraid I shall have to tie up other characters’ stories in the Epilogue (though there will be some other resolutions in the final chapter).

  11. darcy400 says:

    What a nice wrap up of the roller coaster ride we have been on. I am looking forward to what you have in store for Mrs. L ad the Col, poor Lydia and the twins. I hope poor Hero is going to be doing well and stay at Pemberley, I really have enjoyed this story, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Julie R

  12. Yes, I agree with Carole in Canada! You have set up multiple future stories: The Colonel and Eleanor, co-starring Latimer the Grump and Mrs. Latimer his long-suffering wife. Then there are the twins who will raise all manner of havoc at their new school. Of course Lydia needs a new life and who better to guide her to her next chapter than Alice the housekeeper? Wasn’t there a hint of romance with Mr. Bennet and a lovely unknown lady in one of your chapters? And poor Mr. Wentworth needs his happy ending after having his heart broken by Jane. *sigh*

    • Cass says:

      Latimer the Grump! lol Cassandra!

      It’s funny you mention Alice; I did write a scene whereby she gave Lydia a good talking to. I am not sure I can fit it into the final chapter, so it may just be referred to, but we will see! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      The lady Mr Bennet saw in the bookshop turned out to be Mrs Annesley. They spent quite a bit of time together at the picnic, but then Mr Bennet received the Express telling him Lydia was missing, so he hasn’t seen her since then (almost a week ago). Doesn’t it seem ages ago!?!?!? :O

      Ah yes, Mr Wentworth. Anyone related to the good Captain deserves his own HEA, doesn’t he? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. A delightful chapter in tying up so many loose ends. And I’m quite sure that Darcy cannot wait to be rid of Mr. Latimer’s rude, blustery presence!

    I do hope that Eleanor and the Colonel can reach an understanding before the Latimers leave the following morning; they’re perfect for each other!

    I just looooove the twins! They are so sweet and unaffected, so much the complete opposite of their elder sister! Bingley will have his hands full with them, but I’m sure he’s rather deal with their youthful exuberance than with Caroline’s presumptuous machinations! Poor man!! He has so many sisters to care for that it’s a wonder that he can remain so unperturbed, but we can see the extension of his happy spirits in the twins.

    I look forward very much to the final chapter and then the epilogue. Thank you sooooooo much for writing and sharing it with us!! Such a wonderful story!!

    Warmly,
    Susanne ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cass says:

      So happy you enjoyed, Susanne.

      It makes my heart smile that you love the twins. I did want them to be much more in the spirit of Bingley himself, with his openness and friendliness, so I am pleased that came across. ๐Ÿ˜€

      It’s been lovely to have your support and comments! Ada and are about to start the sequel to Particular Charm as soon as I have this story edited and ready to publish. ๐Ÿ˜€ (And we’re very excited to say we have our first book signing for that book, at a book store in Pasadena in September!)

      • How lovely!! If you make it down to San Diego, let me know, and I’ll be happy to meet you for lunch. San Diego is a wonderful city, and with my family being here since 1901 (which is ancient history in California terms, LOL!), I would be thrilled to give you the grand tour. ๐Ÿ˜€

        And I’m so excited for the sequel to Particular Charm!! Yay!! ๐Ÿ˜€

        Have a delightful weekend!

        Warmly,
        Susanne ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Cass says:

        It would be fabulous to meet for lunch! I’m not sure yet whether we will get down to San Diego or not (it’s a possibility!) but will let you know dates if so. We have been there once before, in 2008, and loved it though we can’t say we’ve had a grand tour of it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Cristina says:

    Oh! Cass, I do not want the story to end… your writing is addictive and I just want more of it. I can be consoled by the fact that you are starting another story just after you finish this one. I am already looking forward to it. I agree with Carole in Canada that A Fair Prospect is one of my favourite JAFF stories.
    I just know that I will love the final chapter…Like others have done before me, I want to thank you for your generosity in sharing the story with us. I cannot wait to buy it in book form to add to my collection…

    • Cass says:

      You’re too kind, Cristina!

      I would like to thank YOU for reading along and being so supportive and commenting and just being there!

      I hope you will enjoy the sequel to Particular Charm! Ada and I are very excited about writing together again and to revisiting the world we created. Mind you, if Jane Austen insists on taking over the story like she did in the first one, who knows where we will end up! lol

  15. Anji says:

    If the twins insist on calling the hound “Hero”, there’s every reason for you to change the sex of our heroic canine, you know, as in the tale of Hero (priestess of Aphrodite) and Leander. Then, Wickham’s end would have been entirely down to “girl power”!

    Oh please let Eleanor be free of her father! I seem to remember accidentally calling them Lannisters way back, but although Eleanor thankfully hasn’t ended up as Cersei, her father is definitely looking more like Tywin than ever. The good Colonel would be a good match for her and she for him.

    Presumably the arrival of the twins in Harrogate is reasonably imminent now? Probably best to keep clear of this coming Saturday, though. We have another bike race coming here (the wonderfully named “Tour de Yorkshire”) and the roads will be impassable for any conveyance with more than two wheels for most of the day. Please tell them that they’ll be more than welcome to call for afternoon tea should their school allow them off the premises at any time. I’m sure, with their love of canines, that our dogs will be more than happy to let them throw a few balls for them!

    Don’t think I didn’t notice that sneaky little comment about a sequel to something, either! Am I right in thinking what I’m thinking? Are you and Ada up to something, by any chance?

    • Cass says:

      Excellent point regarding ‘Hero’, Anji! ๐Ÿ˜€

      I remember your GoT link (I haven’t watched it – yes, shocking, I know!) :O

      I hope you are ready for the twins coming to Harrogate. They set off on Saturday, will stay with friends of Bingley on the Sabbath and arrive there on Monday. I think the twins would have loved to see the Tour de Yorkshire, though! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think they will definitely be calling for afternoon tea, especially with the added incentive of a couple of lovely hounds to meet!

      LOL re the sequel. Poor Ada has had to sit twiddling her thumbs whilst I devoted the last 6 months or so to this story to get it finished. Then, we are starting to write the follow up to Particular Charm, and we’re very excited about it. We love writing together (it can be a very lonely thing on your own!), and we’re also looking forward to spending more time with Rose, Aiden, Morgan, James and of course Jane Austen herself!

  16. Well that was enlightening to say the least Cass! ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜ though can’t help but laugh at Latimer Senior, he’s too sirius for his own good! I seriously love the twins, I hope they pop up again somehow in the epilogue so we see what happened to them and Georgiana ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
    Ohhhh ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Eleanor in love with Colonel Fitzwilliam now that is a couple I would die to see end up together! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ And of course our favourite couple is officially engaged, so I’m thrilled! But I couldn’t help but laugh my head off at the “house of ill repute” it sounded too much like Lady Catherine to be taken seriously ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    Just one bad thing, Cass, now what am I going to read on my Wednesdays and Fridays?! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ซ

    • Cass says:

      I am going to miss your emoticon-laden comments, Sophia! How you have made me laugh and smile!

      Yes, the Epilogue will show what happens to the twins and Georgiana, and anyone else whose story arc is not finished by the closing chapter. It’s essentially a story about Darcy and Elizabeth, so I never intended to neatly tie up every single character, other than in the Epilogue.

      I need to finish this one, though, as Ada is waiting patiently for me to be done with it so we can revisit the world of Rose and Aiden, Morgan and James and, of course, Jane Austen! Now, I wonder what she has in that trunk she brought with her from the past?!? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Uhhhhh will you hurry up with the last chapter so you can start on the sequel to particular charm!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I need my new shot of Charm and elegance of the past and present Bath, and besides it well it is just a good excuse to put up another story so you won’t have to miss my — how did you put it, oh yes, my emoticon laden comments ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  17. Maureen C says:

    Thanks for another great chapter.

    I just love the twins, and I think a whole book centering around their continuing journey would be so much fun! I say this fully realizing that you have your other much anticipated sequel to work on, but might it be a thought for the future?

    Miss Latimer has really come into her own and I agree that she and the Colonel would be a perfect match. I guess chances are low that she will be allowed to stay on at Pemberley when her father leaves.

    I loved when Darcy asked Lizzy if they could be wed as soon as the Banns were read, and Lizzy responded with “Yes, please.” Ready for those two to get their hea. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cass says:

      Oh my goodness, Maureen. A whole book of the twins? I think I’d be exhausted! lol

      I’m having a bit of a dilemma, to be honest. I never intended to write beyond the end of this story, other than an Epilogue. However, IF I do the Epilogue, then I remove any chance of a continuation of the story into another book… I am a bit torn. I definitely couldn’t start it for the next year, as Ada and I will be writing (as you know) the sequel to Particular Charm, but after that? Hmm… dilemmas, dilemmas! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Fran says:

    That was an interesting chapter. I will be sad to see the story end. Thanks.

    • Cass says:

      I’m sorry it has to end, Fran. I’ve got another writing project I am long overdue in committing to with my friend and author, Ada Bright.

  19. Ann Isom says:

    I go away for a couple of days and all this happens…I have been on the edge of my chair just ready Chapters 55 and 56…to get to the comment about Pemberley being called a house of ill repute…I lol with Darcy…nicely done Cass!

  20. Trez says:

    Yeah for Eleanor and the Colonel. Oh, what will get father think about that?!
    There is no greater thing than a wonderful friendship – rather sad that Eleanor has never had one.
    We’ll she does now!
    Divine, just divine!!!

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