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Darcy's Story [Paperback]

Janet Aylmer
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1 Aug 2006
Darcy’s Story reveals at last the truth about Jane Austen’s most famous hero, Fitzwilliam Darcy. "Pride and Prejudice" is the most popular romantic novel in the world, yet it says little about how Darcy is changed from a "haughty, reserved and fastidious" young man to the ardent and humble suitor for the hand of Jane Austen’s delightful heroine, Elizabeth Bennet. "The New Illustrated Darcy’s Story" reveals what you always wanted to know.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; 1 edition (1 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061148709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061148705
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,237,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janet Aylmer married John and has lived in the beautiful city of Bath in the west of England for nearly 30 years. Janet and John have four children and three grandchildren.

Janet was born in Peterborough, England. She was brought up in the county of Surrey before moving to London to go to college.

Interests and Hobbies

Janet enjoys Regency romance and other novels, particularly those by Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, and likes most books about history and the way the world works. She enjoys visiting the theatre and cinema, and listening to music.

She enjoys travel and meeting new people, and she has visited (in no particular order) ten states in the USA, as well as France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Raratonga, Japan, Hongkong, Malta, Sweden, Singapore, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Martinique and St Lucia.


Janet is a member of the Jane Austen Society, the Society of Authors and the Historical Novels Society

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Like many other people, I first read "Pride and Prejudice" whilst I was at school, as did my children, and have enjoyed reading the novel again many times since then. It was after watching the BBC television serial in 1995, and discussing it with one of my daughters, that my curiosity was re-awakened about Mr Darcy, and I decided to write this book.

I am sure that everyone who has read and enjoyed Jane Austen's novel has their own particular favourite passages in the book, and I used many of mine in Darcy's Story. As her novel was first published in several "parts", I also used quotations from "Pride and Prejudice" to introduce each of the seven parts in my book.

Everyone who has ever read Jane Austen's novel will have their own idea of Mr Darcy's side of the story, and this book could be described as looking through the mirror of "Pride and Prejudice" from the other side. I am delighted that a story written nearly 200 years ago can still give pleasure in a very different era. I have also been glad to learn that people much more knowledgeable than I am about Jane Austen and her work have also liked the book.

I have been surprised and delighted to discover that my need to know more about Jane Austen's hero is shared by people in 37 other countries all around the world. The publishers have received many letters and emails expressing the enjoyment that so many people have found in reading "Darcy’s Story". It seems that complementing "Pride and Prejudice" by writing this book has satisfied a long-felt need for many readers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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These and many other unhappy thoughts continued to trouble Darcy over the days and weeks that followed.
His anxiety to justify what he had said to Elizabeth Bennet, to maintain to himself the correctness of his approach, did not long survive. He soon began to examine and re-examine every part of what he had said, every manner of expression he had used, on that fateful evening in Kent.
There seemed to be no escape from his uneasiness and confusion, which troubled him at every time of day, and wherever he was.
Avoiding as he often did the social round in town, and unable to visit Bingley’s house in the country, Darcy was tempted many times to leave for Pemberley and the peace of Derbyshire.
But Georgiana was busy with her music masters in London, and he had not the heart to deprive her of his company without any real excuse, until she went to visit his cousin’s family in Essex. It was some comfort to be with his sister, who was so dear to him. In any case, it seemed very doubtful whether he would gain any more peace of mind by leaving town.
On several occasions, when he was lost in thought, he caught Georgiana looking at him carefully,
but she said nothing. Finally, one evening when they were alone, his sister asked him hesitantly, "Is there anything particular troubling you at the moment? I should so like to be of use if there is. You are always thinking of me, and I should like to help you in return."
She coloured as she spoke, as though he might reprimand her, or speak in rebuff.
Darcy was not sure for a moment how best to reply.
For many years an only child, he had been accustomed to being without a confidant where the affairs of the heart were concerned. Until now, Georgiana had always been very much his younger sister, someone for him to protect rather than to share his problems with.
"I am not sure how to answer you," he said slowly, "It is a matter of ... affection, about someone to whom I would have given no attention previously. Although I do not find our aunt Lady Catherine easy company, I have always shared her view that it is of primary importance to marry well, to seek an alliance with someone of our own consequence. Do you not agree?"
He was surprised to see that she looked very shaken.
Then she said, "Are you referring to Mr Wickham? To what happened last year, before I had the benefit of your advice?"
"No, no, of course not," he said quickly, anxious to reassure her.
"You were sadly misled, and in any case you had, to begin with, no one, no mother, no one, to turn to."
His sister looked very relieved. Darcy went on, finding himself more comfortable than he had expected in being able to speak to someone about his agony of mind.
"No, I will be honest with you, I am thinking of my own situation. Georgiana, you do understand how important social position and family matters are to me?"
"Too much reliance on that does not often seem to lead to happiness," Georgiana said, reflectively,
"I would hope that you would marry someone you find congenial. You do not often seem to find people you admire in town, nor when you went to Hertfordshire, from what you said to me before. Is that not so? And even those people whom you seem to prefer can be very," she paused, "sharp, like Miss Bingley and Mrs Hurst."
Darcy looked at her in surprise, for his sister had not ventured this opinion to him previously with such clarity.
It was perhaps because he had begun to share her view about Bingley’s sisters, after their comments on Miss Elizabeth Bennet in Hertfordshire, that he decided to tell her something of the truth.
"Perhaps you can help me, for I am very troubled in my mind. Whilst I was at Rosings with cousin Fitzwilliam, I met again a lady, a Miss Elizabeth Bennet, whose family come from Hertfordshire, near the house that Charles Bingley took on lease last Michaelmas"
"I realised then that I ... liked her very much better than many people I have met. Miss Bennet is one of the few people I could rely on to ... to keep a secret of mine. But her family are not superior,
particularly her mother, her mother’s family and her younger sisters."
"I met her again because she was visiting her close friend Charlotte Lucas, who has married the rector at Hunsford." Darcy stopped, for he could not bring himself to go as far as saying that he himself had then proposed marriage. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well researched but poorly written 19 Jan 2004
By A Customer
I bought this book on the strength of the reviews and must admit to having been disappointed. The author has done her research well and the book ties in excellently with the original but the style of writing just didn't have any of the magic. Not too suprisingly alot of the dialogue is taken straight from Pride and Prejudice and this is probably its downfall as the authors own technique - whilst not bad in itself - does not have the same complexity and wit as Jane Austin's. I would instantly recognise quotes from Pride and Prejudice purely for the change in writing style from one author to the other. Another negative for me was that Mr Darcy came across as far too sensitive and shy at times; I know that this is meant to be part of his character but it left me wanting to give him a good shake!
This book makes a 'gentle' companion to the original and I would still recommend it to the die-hard fan - just don't expect the sparkle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity! 29 Mar 2000
By A Customer
"What a great idea!" I thought. "Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's point of view!" It is a great idea, but Aylmer wastes the numerous opportunities to tell us more about Darcy as a person, to flesh out the character we meet all too briefly in Austen's novel.
Instead, we are given nearly all the text, verbatim, from the original novel with a few editorial comments on what Darcy was thinking. Nothing significant about his life outside of Pride and Prejudice. Nothing about his past, his childhood, his friends, his experiences that made him the man Elizabeth met at the Assembly Ball. Almost nothing about the torment he must have felt after his first proposal was refused. Nothing about the tremendous changes he went through to make himself into the man Elizabeth could admire. No passion! No creativity!
Here's an example: Can you imagine the conversation Lady Catherine has with Darcy after she visits Elizabeth at Longbourne? The way Aylmer depicts it, Lady Catherine simply shows up and repeats, word-for-word, every piece of dialog between her and Elizabeth. "Then she said..." (Austen's text). "Then I said..." (Austen's text). "Then she said..." (Austen's text again). This is a sad, sad effort and a terrible waste of a great idea!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Achivement for Janet Aylmer 24 Jun 1999
By A Customer
After reading a number of books attempting to write a sequal of Pride and Prejudice, I do not have high hopes on reading anymore books relating to Elizabeth and Darcy, believing that their lives together should be left in the imagination of both Jane Austen and her readers. Perhaps this is the reason why I bought Darcy's Story, and I am glad that Janet Aylmer does not let me down. Darcy's Story is not the sequel of Pride and Prejudice; rather, Aylmer attempts to look at the same story in Darcy's point of view. I admire Aylmer's sympathey towards Darcy as a human being only. Aylmer makes me believe why Darcy could not adapt the open manner as Bingley did, why he could not be less conceit when he chose his words for his first proposel of marriage, and, after all, why he should not be viewed, as he is viewed in Pride and Prejudice, as a mysterious but wish-fulfilment figure. I think Aylmer wants us to believe that Darcy is only a man who cares the one whom he loves, and who wants to be loved; I think Aylmer has successfully created Darcy with these humane qualities in her book. Rather, Elizabeth becomes a different creature in Aylmer's book. I cannot think of Elizabeth so "dark" in Darcy's Story, as I would think of her in Pride and Prejudice. She is, I would rather say, quite heavenly in Darcy's story. I do not have any problem with that image of Elizabeth. For Darcy, I think, Elizabeth always seems to be some rare beautiful creature who would inspire him to become a better person. I am gald that Aylmer had done that in her book. The only complain that I have for this novel is what Aylmer has written in Part 2. In this part, the story brings the readers to Netherfield, when Elizabeth had to stay at Netherfield and to take care of her sister, Jane. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful! 1 April 2004
I was really looking forward to reading this book, being totally in love with the original and the series. I couldn't wait to receive it when I finally ordered it, and read it in one afternoon. I have to say, I've never read a more disappointing and pointless book. Any new paragraphs or indeed chapters could be fitted whithin two pages, the rest is taken verbatim out of the original book. The ammount of "she then said.." and "to that he said.." followed by text from the original drives you to distraction. Moreover, it doesn't even offer any real insight to Darcy's thoughts and feelings apart for pointless stupid comments like "He found that charming" or " He couldn't agree more" after passages from the original. The account is hurried and in a style that resembles a ten year old's essay. All in all, you'll learn just as much about Darcy's feelings from the original book. The two stars are for filling in a couple of gaps in the story when Darcy is away for periods, but even this chapters are dismal. Won't be reading it twice!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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Throughout the story of Pride & Prejudice Elizabeth's feelings and emotions are quite evident to the reader. Where as Darcy's we find, are very repressed. However this book shows a very different portrayl of Darcy to the one we all know in Jane Austens novel. If you are curious to know what he is thinking as he observes the idiosyncrasy of those he becomes newly aquainted with, then this is the book for you. It complements the original - making for a very compelling read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Exact same book--different point of view
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Published on 25 Feb 2009 by Megan E. Gibbs
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL!
This book was a dreadful dsappointment, it is slow and dull! It copies the original text in poorer language and without the humour and intrigue. Don't bother.
Published on 30 Jan 2008 by R. D. Reid
4.0 out of 5 stars I have waited a very long time for this book
I really enjoyed reading Darcy's Story. He has always seemed to me to be such an interesting person to learn more about - but Jane Austen never seemed to be confident about... Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2006 by gratefulreader
1.0 out of 5 stars pointless
A most dismal effort rather than fleshing out tne magnificent Mr Darcy makes him appear 2 dimensional and uninteresting. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2006 by Dr. Richard J. Woollett
1.0 out of 5 stars The most disappointing book I've ever bought
After studying Pride & Prejudice at school for GCSE, I was keen to read a P&P sequel. I bought this book a couple of years ago and have only just been able to bring myself to write... Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful and warming
I found this book amazing, i really enjoyed reading about the other side of pride and prejudice. Darcy's story tells pride and prejudice from Darcy's point of view, and gives... Read more
Published on 20 July 2005 by "hannainai"
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivated By Mr Darcy
This book once again throws the reader into the world of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy.
I was totally captvated by the narrative and found it hard to put down. Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2004 by C Foster
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I enjoyed reading Darcy's Story so much that I already read it twice and will read it several times more as I did with Pride & Prejudice. Read more
Published on 13 May 2004 by Els Verhage
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