Story: Connections Redux
Author: Harvey S.
Story URL: Story Link 1
Alternate URL: Story Link 2
Word count: 116,800
Summary: Mr. Bennet is shaken by the untimely deaths of his siblings, and later his first wife. His response to these tragedies, his much happier second marriage, and the family connections resulting from it, drastically alter the trajectories of his daughters’ lives.
JA FF writer Sharni wrote an abandoned yet BRILLIANT novel-length story called “Connections.” With her permission, Harvey S. rewrote and completed the story. He made some significant changes, but left in some of my favorite elements, such as Elizabeth’s reference about having “plain, honest parents” who weren’t of the nobility (a quote from Gulliver’s Travels). The premise in this story is that the Bennets not only have better connections than supposed as a result of his second marriage, but also Mr. Bennet, Elizabeth and Mr. Gardner put their minds to such use as to build a huge fortune by jump-starting the Industrial Revolution by 50 years or so. The story could probably be considered crack!fic, honestly, but it’s great fun. See my review of Sharni’s original “Connections,” for a comparison of the two fics and for additional details on the basic story premise.
My only critique: See my comments on “All That This Entails” about this sub genre, however this is probably the best fic I’ve encountered in this category. I caught a sparse handful of typos, but that was barely noticeable, particularly given the length of the fic in relation to the small number of errors. Also, I did think that Darcy and Elizabeth resolved their difficulties rather rapidly, but that could probably be explained by the fact that this Elizabeth is very used to juggling complex issues, making rapid assessments, and thus the corresponding judgments, very quickly. (This was even pointed out in a later conversation in which Darcy and his cousin admit that they can’t think on their feet as quickly as she.)
Finally, for a better understanding of the finances in Pride & Prejudice and this fanfic as compared to modern economics, Click Here.