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on my shelf ~ Darcy’s Story by Janet Aylmer

“Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion and sometimes an indirect boast.”

– Fitzwilliam Darcy, Darcy’s Story by Janet Aylmer

As the title implies, the book is all about Darcy’s story. Yes, we are talking about Elizabeth Bennet’s Darcy. This is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, only this time it is narrated from the point of view of the reserved and distant Fitzwilliam Darcy. The author retells the classic story from his perspective. She lets us peek through Darcy’s mind to understand his most intriguing personality. She dives into his innermost thoughts to disentangle his complexities and explain his unconventional ways. She digs deeper into the hero’s intimate relationships with his family and friends to reveal his arresting and interesting character.

Jane Austen created two of the most loved characters in Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. But reading Pride and Prejudice tells us more about its heroine, and few of Darcy. There still remain some mysteries that leave the imagination active and working trying to unveil them. There lie questions that need to be answered. And attempts to give light to these queries resulted to this book. A Jane Austen enthusiast, Janet Aylmer’s curiosity and fascination with this particular character were expressed on the pages of her book. Her opinions and imaginings, which are greatly based on Janes Austen’s description of her hero, were reflected in Darcy’s musings and in his favorite mode of communication, written letters.

So for those curious cats who couldn’t get enough and would want to uncover some of Darcy’s mysteriousness, here’s a book you should read.

Here are some of the things people closed to him say about him.

“I declare, Miss Elizabeth, I do not know a more awful object than Darcy, on particular occasions, and in particular places; at his own house especially, and of a Sunday evening when he has nothing to do.”

                                                                                                                                             –          Mr. Charles Bingley, his friend

“I am perfectly convinced by it that Mr. Darcy has no defect. He owns it himself without disguise.”

                                                                                                                                             –          Ms. Elizabeth Bennet

“Shall we ask him why a man of sense and education, who has lived in the world, is ill qualified to recommend himself to strangers?”

“It is because he will not give himself the trouble.”

                                                                                                                                           –          His cousin Fitzwilliam

And here are some of the reasons you might find yourself falling in love some more with Darcy. Well, aside from his “…fine tall person, handsome features, noble mien… and ten thousand pounds a year.”

He never dances with strangers.

“I cannot recall how many times I have tried to impress upon you that my knowledge of the exercise is not matched by any enthusiasm for dancing with young ladies unknown to me.”

He loves poetry.

“I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love.”

He writes well.

“You write uncommonly fast.”

“How can you contrive to write so even?”

“But do you always write such charming long letters to her, Mr. Darcy?”

He loves women who read.    

“All this she must possess and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.”

He owns a delightful library at Pemberley.

“I cannot comprehend the neglect of a family library in such days as these.”

He knows his weakness.

“My temper I dare not vouch for. It is I believe too little yielding, certainly too little for the convenience of the world. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. My good opinion once lost is lost forever.”

He admits his flaws.

“I certainly have not the talent which some people possess of conversing easily with those I have never seen before.”

He says what he feels, in a romantic kind of way.

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

He is honest.

“But disguise of every sort is my abhorrence. Nor am I ashamed of the feelings I related. They were natural and just.”

He has a mind of his own and never allows anybody to influence his decisions.

“As to whom I should marry, that is a private matter which I do not intent to discuss with anyone. It is not my wish to offend, but the intervention of others is not calculated to assist me, or to influence my choice.”

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is one of those books that I immediately read right after buying them. I was even excited and thrilled the moment I found it while browsing at a bookstore. 🙂

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