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4.0 out of 5 stars
Does marriage tame Elizabeth and Darcy?, 8 May 2004
I know that readers of literature are not supposed to treat the characters as real people with futures beyond the close of the novel, but fans of Jane Austen can't resist the temptation. This sequel takes us beyond the happy outcome of Elizabeth's and Darcy's courtship into the contemporary dilemmas of life after marriage. Will Elizabeth settle into her prescribed role of dutiful wife or continue to assert herself? The author uses her familiarity with, not only the major characters of the novel, but involves all the minor characters in her imaginatve exploration of the years following the marriage. Threads of naarative suggested in the original novel are developed, as Darcy and Elizabeth cope with their private relationship amidst the tensions of wider family and friends (or foes). Phyllis Furley remains as faithful as possible to the narrative style of Austen, while introducing elements of interest to the modern reader. Although it is unlikely that the sequel would be read by anyone unfamilar with the plot of 'Pride and Prejudice', passages of back-story are woven into the continuing narrative. True to the social pressures of the period, the importance of finding a suitable marriage is still a preoccupation for the daughters of the Bennet family. All the sisters make an appearance in this sequel, though I would have enjoyed more of the inept interference of Mrs Bennet and the caustic wit of her husband. The older couple seem to have mellowed with age, but whether the brooding charm of Darcy as suitor makes a smooth transition into a marriage of equals cannot be revealed in a review!