Story: Hunsford, Interrupted
Author: Meg Epperly
Story URL: Story Link
Word count: 5,000
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.
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.