Having last read Pride and Prejudice as a fifteen-year-old at school and, I confess, at that time finding it extremely dull, it was the BBC's adaptation that made me fall in love with the story and become so captivated by the characters. Therefore, the fact that 'The Bar Sinister' is obviously based on that production as opposed to the original novel has not been a disappointment in the slightest to me. I have been swept along with the plot, loathing each time I have had to put down the book and return to this century. The author has stayed very faithful to the adaptation in all that her characters think, say and do, except for Elizabeth's exclamation "Do not fart about!" which is somewhat questionable. Darcy's amazing prowess and stamina in matters of 'conjugal embrace' are hardly credible and nigh on ridiculous but how would we (not to mention Elizabeth) be satisfied with anything less? On the negative side, the typos are a disgrace to the publisher, some sentences made absolutely no sense whatsoever, and the spelling a little irritating. My biggest annoyance was the incessant use of the word 'howbeit' which seemed to begin each and every sentence. I enjoyed it far more than any of the more chaste Pride and Prejudice sequels....as fantasy fulfillment it would be hard to beat!