Or Pride and Prejudice Continued
By Emma Tennant
St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312107932, 184pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 1993
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a married man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a son and heir...
Thus begins Emma Tennant's inspired sequel to Jane Austen's most beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice. With wit and style and genuine insight into character, Pemberley brilliantly delineates the perils and pleasures of a marriage between two people as strong-willed and prickly as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.
A year after wedding, Christmas approaches. As happy as she has been living in relative seclusion with Mr. Darcy and his sister Georgiana at their magnificent Derbyshire estate, Pemberley, Elizabeth is sensible that the time has come to invite her mother and sister to visit her. What begins as a small and manageable family party (although any party any includes the regrettable Mrs. Bennet will take considerable managing) soon grows all out of proportion. A gathering including the Bennets, the Bingleys, and Lady Catherine de Bourgh-as affable and condescending as ever-can only mean missteps, gaffes and hurt feelings. When Darcy becomes increasingly distant and Elizabeth falls prey to vicious gossip, the forces of pride and prejudice are at work once again.
"Authentic and convincing." --Lady Antonia Fraser
"Emma Tennant's exploration of the marriage of Elizabeth Bennet to Mr. Darcy is both authentic and convincing as a sequel to Pride and Prejudice: and as up to date as a description of the marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales." --Lady Antonia Fraser