Story: Of All Indignities
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Status: WIP (See ETA note at bottom. Last updated 06.2013)
Word count: Novel-length (39 chapters as of 06.2013)
Summary: The arrival of the mysterious Bennet family to Longbourn throws the Netherfield party into quite a state and the rest of Hertfordshire into a frenzy. Amongst matchmaking mamas (and sisters) and misconceptions and whilst still healing from traumatic past experiences, members from both party begin to learn that perhaps a little indignity is needed before they can truly begin to understand one another.
There are numerous stories in this trope, in which the Bennets have more money or better connections than Mr. Darcy realizes when he first snubs Elizabeth. However this is one of my absolute favorites. The inclusion of a Bennet son works beautifully in this completely AU story, creating a family that is completely familiar and altogether different from the one in canon. I loved the characterizations, loved the edge-of-my-seat suspense in a few spots, and really, utterly adored how well the author’s original characters fit in naturally with this universe. It was wonderful to see the close relationship between all the Bennet siblings, particularly in terms of how that loyalty results, in the final chapters of this fic, in decisions which surprised me, but are completely in keeping with Gretomy’s characterizations
My only critique: I loved this story so much that, although I was fully aware the story was MIA (last updated July 2008) when I began reading it, the very fact of its abandonment nearly drove me into a nervous fit that would have put Mrs. Bennet to shame. And while nothing is resolved at the point when this story ends, at least it didn’t stop on a brutal cliffhanger.
Edited to Add: I was delighted to see the author updated the story in June 2013! Do note that this story stretches across 3 pages on AHA’s forum. When you reach the bottom of the page, look for the linked page numbers in the bottom, left-hand corner, just above the Facebook “Like” button.