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Young Master Darcy: A Lesson in Honour

Young Master Darcy: A Lesson in Honour [Kindle Edition]

Pamela Aidan

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It is Christmas, 1797, and thirteen year-old Master Fitzwilliam Darcy is returning from his first term at Eton in full anticipation of the holidays. Soon, he and his family will leave their fashionable London home for Pemberley, their Derbyshire estate, to prepare for the arrival of his irrepressible cousin Richard and the rest of his Matlock relations. But when Darcy arrives in London, he learns that his mother is ill. Her doctor's prognosis is dire--Lady Anne cannot survive another year! As Christmas approaches, Darcy is torn between his parents' struggles to carry on and the attraction of an unusual company of players in Lambton for the holidays. With the arrival of Richard and his family, he must try to satisfy the expectations of all and, in doing so, learn what it means to be a Darcy.

Pamela Aidan has created a touching coming-of-age novella based on characters from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. A Lesson In Honour explores love, duty, and family honour--principles that a young Fitzwilliam Darcy learns from both of his parents as they confront a family crisis--as well as a lesson derived from youthful indiscretion and adolescent romance that helps define the man Elizabeth Bennet will encounter at the Meryton assembly many years later.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 360 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983103100
  • Publisher: Wytherngate Press (30 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FAQ8AQ
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 113 PAGES! "...but for my part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short." 21 Dec 2010
By Christina Boyd @xtnaboyd - Published on
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"...but for my part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short." (The Juvenilia of Jane Austen) But in this case, a mere 113 pages at $12.50 is simply TOO SHORT.

I have been looking forward to reading this since it was first teased on author Pamela Aidan's website over a year ago. As expected,and like her previous "Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman" series, "Young Master Darcy: A Lesson in Honor" is very Austen-like, exceptionally well written in adhering to the mores of the times, the dialogue is believable, and the story is unique. However, I must complain that it is ENTIRELY too short. It reads very much like the beginning of something bigger. Yes, I realize one might argue that it is the beginning of something bigger, "Pride & Prejudice." Yes, yes. I completely understand that concept. But I thought it would encompass more than a two week span when Darcy is but 13 years old.

I feel a little better having just learned that on the author's website it is advertised as "Volume 1," alluding that we might expect a Vol. 2 or even 3. Which then brings me to grumble about the price... $12.50 for a meager 113 pages is pretty pricey... especially knowing I will most likely buy the rest of the supposed series. And hope there is a bit more bulk to the rest.

Writing style and short story, 4 stars.
Price point and not advertising as a Novella, 2 stars.
(In case you were wondering how I got to 3 stars.)

Despite all this, Pamela Aidan is still one of my favorite Jane Austen-esque authors.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book - Abysmal Editing 4 Mar 2011
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I liked this book a lot, although like others, I was disappointed by its brevity. Pamela Aiden is my favorite Austenesque author; her stories are both creative and consistent with Austen's tone.

But this time, I found myself distracted by the complete absence of copyediting - I kept looking for the next gaffe. My favorite: page 41, "bowel of marmalade". This isn't a sequel - it's sequelae.

What, precisely costs $12.50 for just over one hundred pages, since the publisher clearly does not employ literate staff to produce the book? Shame on you, Wytherngate Press. Four stars for the author, one star for the publisher, five stars for the clever designer who came up with the perfect painting for the cover.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Prequel Novella to Pride and Prejudice 8 Jan 2011
By Meredith - Published on
After surviving his first term at Eton, thirteen year-old Fitzwilliam Darcy is all excitement and eagerness to be returning home for the holidays. Young Master Darcy fully intends to spend his holiday season in good cheer, cavorting with his cousins, doting on his two year-old sister, and enjoying some Darcy family Christmas traditions. However, due to his mother's recently diagnosed and serious illness, Darcy's plans for merriment and mischief may have to be put on hold this year...

Because of the oppressive grief and tension that surrounds Pemberley this Christmas, Master Darcy takes to riding his horse into the village of Lambton each morning. One morning, he happens upon a local mummers* troupe working on a play, and decides to befriend them and provide some much needed lessons in sword-fighting. Master Darcy soon finds a comfortable camaraderie with the troupe and ends up taking a part in their play! Are these suitable companions for the heir of Pemberley? Will his parents approve of his playacting in public? How will he manage to participate in a play when he is suppose to be sitting in church with his family?

In Young Master Darcy: A Lesson in Honour, Pamela Aidan captures the essence of the dignified and honorable Darcy family with excellent precision. I found her style to be superbly Austenesque and I appreciated how she remained true to the time period and Jane Austen's original novel. Moreover, I loved how invested I felt in her characters; I cried, smiled and laughed with them.

One element I loved was seeing Darcy, the Fitzwilliam boys, and George Wickham as young lads. Ms. Aidan drew from what is known about these characters and astutely illustrated what they might have been like as children. In addition, Ms. Aidan provided the same treatment to Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. Her Lady Anne (Mrs. Darcy) was an affectionate and understanding person who "dearly love[d] a laugh." And her Mr. Darcy Senior, while being a loving and devoted father, exhibited some traits, such as pride, reserve, and high morals, that will later be seen in his son. I also took delight in her rendition of Lord Matlock, who frequently made me laugh by referring to his sons as "little hellions!"

In the wide array of Austenesque literature, Pride and Prejudice prequels are a rarity! I am so pleased that Ms. Aidan took it upon herself to tell us about Darcy's youth. While Young Master Darcy: A Lesson in Honour does not encompass the whole of Darcy's childhood, there is a promise of more to come, and according to Ms. Aidan this novella might possibly blossom into a multi-volume series!

If you are interested in seeing the austere and fastidious Mr. Darcy as a young boy, learning life's lessons, getting into scrapes, and preparing to be the Master of Pemberley this is a novella you will not want to miss!

*According to, a mummer is a person who wears a mask or fantastic costume while merrymaking or taking part in a pantomime, especially at Christmas and other festive seasons.

**Note: Just wanted to point out that this is a 120 page novella, not a full-length novel. At the price of $12.50, some might be expecting a lengthier work. Perhaps it will be available in eBook soon at a reduced price?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman Series, you'll love this novella! 19 Feb 2011
By Cate Todd - Published on
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This story is a quick read and very well written. As always, Ms. Aidan has captured the language of Austen beautifully.

The plot takes place over a couple of weeks in December, during Darcy's Christmas break from Eton. Upon his arrival at his London home, Darcy is informed that his mother is terminally ill. The news is, of course, shocking for Darcy, but he promises both his father and mother that he will shoulder the burden as a man.

Darcy's mother desires that no fuss is made of her illness, and that Christmas be celebrated at Pemberley, along with their Matlock relations, as it has always been. So, the Darcys set off for Pemberley, and Darcy begins preparing for the arrival of his cousins, Richard and D'Arcy.

Though Darcy works to deal manfully with his mother's illness, he finds he needs a diversion, and while riding his horse near Lambton one day, he comes across a group of children practicing for a mummer's play. He gives a false name and takes on a lower-class accent to join in with the children. He is soon given a part in the play, which is to take place at the same time the Darcys are to be in church on Christmas Eve. -- For those of you who have read FD, Gentleman - Duty and Desire, you will already know what happens when young Richard helps young Darcy to sneak away from the family pew that night!

The story is full of great foreshadowing to the events of Pride and Prejudice (particularly to Darcy's proud behavior); for those who have read the FD, Gentleman trilogy, the foreshadowing is even more pronounced. There are several "aha" moments that let you enjoy the irony of knowing what is in store for Darcy in the future.

In addition to all this, there is the amusement of witnessing Darcy and Richard (as well as D'Arcy and Wickham ) as lads! Their antics will bring a smile to your face, if not a laugh or two!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More, More, More!! 1 Sep 2012
By Jane A - Published on
I can not get enough of Pamela Aidan's writing! In the midst of an obsessive summer of P&P fan fiction, I've read her trilogy three times in a span of 4 months. Young Master Darcy did not disappoint! It does seem Ms Aiden refines her captivating style with each publication. I smiled as she described a gravel drive as a "ribbon of gravel". That metaphor would never have occured to me, but I could effortlessly visualized a winding gravel path of a precise width. One also sees the orgins of later Darcy behavior like Darcy's habit of staring out a window when in deep thought; even his father does this.

I noticed that to date, none of the reviews had any negative comments about the author's contribution to the story--the plot, characters, style, etc. The only complaints are the editing, and brevity for the price--thus I procured the book through my library's free interlibrary loan program. Although $12.95 is really pushing it for hard copy, the Kindle version for $5.99 or so would be worth it. (For those without a Kindle, you can download Kindle software onto PC and read right on a computer).

Having read so much P&P fan fic over the summer, most is fairly unnoteworthy. However, there were two I paricularly enjoyed-- An Arranged Marriage by Hahn, and Falling for Mr. Darcy (both rated PG). Another, "Fitzwillilam Darcy, An Honourable Man," had some very memorable parts but was not of the caliber of the others.(Rated R)

If you are looking for another Regency era movie/book to love, I HIGHLY recommend watching the BBC movie North and South (avail free on youtube--movie is better than the book IMO). Then, read the book, A Heart for Milton (mostly PG with 1 chapter being R--but tenderly and tastefully done).

What a delightful summer of reading it has been! I just have to keep reminding myself that Darcy and Lizzy are ficticious : )

Addendum: I recenly discoverd Ms Aidan has a P&P short story included in 'Jane Austen Made Me Do It'. I found most of the book's short stories to be disappointing BUT, Ms Aidan's contribution, along with a modern P&P piece by a contest winner, were excellent.
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