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A wasted opportunity!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Darcy's Story (Paperback)
"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!