Hunsford, Interrupted by Meg Epperly

Story: Hunsford, Interrupted
Author: Meg Epperly
Story URL: Story Link
Word count: 5,000
Rating: All
Summary: A bit too much medicinal claret and a more-blunt-than-usual Elizabeth cause Mr. Darcy’s Hunsford proposal to go awry. Sometimes, however, the best-laid plans ought to go astray.

Gioia’s Rec:
This short tale was very funny!

This is one of my favorite short stories in the P&P community.  In it, Elizabeth is slightly intoxicated at the time of Mr. Darcy’s proposal (accidentally so, and only enough to loosen her tongue – not make her behave absurdly), leading to an extremely funny scene that evening.  However, the story progresses from farce into introspective and revelatory territory thanks to the follow-up conversation between the two the next morning.  Ultimately, the tale proves that laughter is the best medicine, not only in curing a headache, but in clearing up misunderstandings with far less angst that would otherwise have occurred.

My only critique: Some might feel that there is possible OOC behavior at the beginning (in that it’s hard to imagine Elizabeth intoxicated) and a rapid resolution, but it’s meant to be a humorous piece, and so those are deliberate story elements – not flaws. Personally, I loved this.

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About Gioia

I'm a wife and mother and, when not tied up with responsibilities, I read non-stop. I love to share my favorite stories with others, thus the existence of my blog.
This entry was posted in Content Rating-P&P: All Ages (G - PG), Conventional (Canon) Couple, Deviates from canon at or post-Hunsford, Era: Regency, Fluff, Het: M/F, Humor/Parody, Mr. Darcy/Elizabeth Bennet, Pride & Prejudice, Romance and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

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