England speaks of love and romance when Darcy’s Passions
brings to life once again Jane Austen’s classic love
story. An interpretation of Austen’s Pride and
Prejudice, Darcy’s Passions tells the story from Mr.
Darcy’s point of view. When Fitzwilliam Darcy comes to
Hertfordshire as a service to his best friend Charles
Bingley, who has recently let the Netherfield Park
estate, Darcy assumes the locals will possess “vulgar”
country manners. So, when the opportunity arises, he
refuses to dance with Elizabeth Bennet at the Meryton
Assembly; however, from that moment, the woman’s charms
possess his every waking and sleeping minute.
Fitzwilliam Darcy in the original Pride and Prejudice is a very major “minor” character. He, obviously, is the hero of the tale, but the reader never really knows how he creates the changes we accept as part of his personality all along. He is a man who has lived his whole life among strangers; he has never felt he belonged. He has a respected position, and he has done all the things to be counted as a success in the world, but he possesses an emptiness, which Darcy cannot define. We never see his vulnerability, his loneliness, and his passions. In the year from the time Darcy first meets Elizabeth Bennet until she accepts his second proposal, he is only in her life for a little over three months – from Michaelmas in late September to the Netherfield Ball in late November, for a fortnight at Rosings, and less than a week at Pemberley. What did he do during those separations to replace his desire for Elizabeth? How did he complete his transformation? What occupied his time? To whom did he turn for comfort and support? How did he become the hero and not the villain of the tale?
Darcy’s Passions takes Fitzwilliam Darcy from his initial meeting with Elizabeth Bennet through the many misunderstandings, which define their relationship, eventually leading through her acceptance of his proposal. Unlike Austen’s summary, the courtship, the honeymoon and the marriage become part of Darcy’s transformation as the book takes the reader back to Pemberley, showing Elizabeth claiming a “niche” in the estate’s history while Darcy learns love and control are not the same thing. When he nearly loses her for good, Darcy gives up the standards he has known all his life and accepts that the Pemberley of old cannot survive unless it has Elizabeth. The first few months of Darcy and Elizabeth’s marriage highlight what every reader of Jane Austen wants to know about “happily ever after.”
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