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Not to my taste
on 29 January 2015
When I started reading this book, I thought it lacked any warmth in the characterisations. However, it seemed to come into its stride and by the middle of the book and I was beginning to like it. The storyline was good and I began to look forward to reading the next chapters each evening. However, sadly, it wandered into the realms of the ridiculous as it approached its conclusion.
The problem for me, completely ignoring non-18th century words and phrases, Americanisms, the repeated use of gotten and fall, was the ridiculousness of either Elizabeth or Darcy agreeing to, firstly snog including tongues, second, groping and touching inappropriately before marriage and finally having full on sex on two occasions prior to their marriage. This sort of behaviour is simply not on in the context of a Jane Austen novel. This behaviour was imprinted in the psyches of, particularly females of the day, that is to say, ladies, but also gentlemen, as immoral and dangerous for a reason. What if, for one reason or another, perhaps an accident to Darcy, the marriage had not taken place and Lizzie was pregnant? That would put her in the same position as, and no better than Lydia. Do you seriously think the Elizabeth we know and love, or indeed Darcy, the ultimate in calm control, would take such a risk, rather than wait three weeks until they are married? I seriously doubt it. Most people at that time had a strong belief in God and that you would be judged in the hereafter for your sins on earth and sex before marriage, for good reason, was considered a sin. Extremely disappointed in this turn in the story, when it could have been so much better. Lydia's inappropriate behaviour could have been woven in, to place the wedding plans of both couples in jeopardy, for instance, or Mary could have been coaxed to London away from her books and discovered another clergyman whom sho would form an attachment towards. Anything but this. Very disappointed.