In Essentials (Much As It Ever Was) by Vangie

Story: In Essentials (Much As It Ever Was)
Author: Vangie
Story URL: Story Link
Word count: 58,700
Summary: When Darcy and Elizabeth meet at Meryton, they have each passed quite different summers than those that preceded the events of the novel. Elizabeth and the Gardiners have recently returned from their tour of the Peak District, and Miss Georgiana Darcy, having been ill for much of the summer, failed to make her trip to Ramsgate.

Gioia’s Rec: In this very well-written story, Elizabeth is less prejudiced upon first meeting Darcy, but he is more so. As they get to know each other she assumes the best of him and he assumes the worst of her. By the time we reach Hunsford, things are quite different.  (As a reminder, the OOC tag is not a criticism – it is used when a character is written in a different way, such as in this case, as a deliberate plot point.)
My only critique: In case you haven’t caught on by now, I’m angst-phobic. So I struggle to be objective about stories which introduce new forms of angst for the couple.


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 Alternate Universe, Content Rating-P&P: All Ages (G - PG), Conventional (Canon) Couple, Drama/Angst, Era: Regency, Het: M/F, Mr. Bingley/Jane Bennet, Mr. Darcy/Elizabeth Bennet, Out-of-character behavior (Deliberate), Pride & Prejudice, Romance and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

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