By Helen Halstead
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So she was well-pleased to hear that two single gentlemen were expected to dine with them that evening. When they entered the drawing room, Kitty was utterly cast down, for one was fearfully old, the other dreadfully plain, and both were clergymen. Elizabeth had promised absolutely that she liked them very much. ” she whispered to Georgiana. ” Georgiana’s hand flew to her mouth. “Hush, Kitty,” she said. They went into dinner. The girls were seated opposite one another, at the centre of the table.
There was a jostling for space as the gentry poured from the church and met with the crowd of villagers and farmers’ families who had been unable to find room inside. As they passed under the yew arch, Mr. Darcy caught his hat, and the crowd laughed. Elizabeth glanced up at him as a flash of pained hauteur stole his smiles. She pressed his arm and looked teasingly up at him, and he laughed ruefully. The groomsmen handed bags to the bridegrooms, who sent handfuls of coins raining down among the spectators.
The lady followed the servant into the room, the brown silk of her gown billowing out with the briskness of her step. Darcy crossed the room and greeted her warmly. “You will excuse me, I hope, Mr. ” She was not a pretty woman, somewhat mannish in feature, but she smiled up at him warmly and Elizabeth noted a hint of sardonic humour in her small brown eyes. After being introduced and getting the usual compliments and congratulations out of the way, Mrs. Foxwell sat down. Her keen eyes soon sparkled with amusement.
A Private Performance: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Helen Halstead