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Very nice but very similar to Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy: the last man in the world
on 16 October 2015
I very much enjoyed this Austen whatif, but I should say that I found too much resemblance with another Austen whatif from Abigail Reynolds (Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy: the last man in the world).
Of course, the characters remains the same, we know the final outcome, Elizabeth marries Darcy while he loves her but not the contrary, and there are several references to the normal plot of P&P, but there are so many other resemblances that I questioned myself about if we should not consider it too much like an improved copy of Mrs Reynolds' work (yes, improved because I really preferred this version).
Here are a few examples of this (but beware it will contain spoilers of both books)
Darcy wants to learn riding to Elizabeth, but as she is a bit frightened she request a small mare to do so. Then she is surprised he wants to learn her by himself and it surprises her (exactly the same situations)
Darcy orders to Elizabeth to be accompanied while she walk in the gardens and it makes her furious against him (same)
Elizabeth feels a little less unhappy about her life by distributing baskets of food to the tenants (same again)
At the end, Darcy finally believes Elizabeth's love because he heard her argument with Lady Catherine (in Reynolds' book it was with Wikham)
We end the story over Darcy and Elizabeth on a hill looking at Pemberley, Elizabeth being pregnant (same)
and so on...
But finally, as I said, I preferred this story because I recognized much more the characters invented by Austen. Darcy is less despotic, far more pleasant and Elizabeth is less weak, more frank, and continues teasing Darcy as usual.