Leaving Nothing to Chance by SuzanneO

Story Title:  Leaving Nothing To Chance
Author Name: SuzanneO (OnlyANovel on FFN)
Story Url: Story Link
Content Rating:  All Ages
Status: Completed
Length:   8,400 words
Story Summary:  Mr. Darcy makes plans to propose at Rosings, but things don’t quite go the way he expects.

Gioia’s Rec:
This is one of the funniest stories I have encountered out of the Jane Austen fandom.  The utter absurdity of it!  The unending farce!  And yet, how very in-character and utterly plausible it all is!  If Elizabeth once felt that her entire family had conspired to display themselves as ridiculously as possible at the Netherfield Ball, it seems as if Mr. Darcy’s family returns the favor here, at a particular dinner at Rosings.   At one point, Elizabeth is inwardly amusing herself by composing a letter to her father about the insanities which abound about her.  The extremely foolish and screamingly hilarious Rosings party were depicted so vividly and realistically, that I could practically see that letter being written and hear Elizabeth’s witty tones as she narrated it all for her father.   If Mel Brookes, Jane Austen and Roberto Benigni collaborated to depict a scene from Pride & Prejudice, this is what it would look like.

My Only Critique: I always try to include a bit of critique on my P&P recs in order to better add credibility to my praise.  But it’s rather hard to find anything to critique about well-written short stories.  It’s much easier to catch typos on long stories.  Does whining about wanting more of this story count as a critique? No?  Well, bother.  In that case, I think I may have caught one punctuation error. Maybe.  ETA: Nope, after several read-throughs, I don’t see any typos.


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, Favorite Story, Favorite Story-Pride & Prejudice, Fluff, Friendship/Mentorship, Het: M/F, Humor/Parody, Mr. Darcy/Elizabeth Bennet, Pride & Prejudice, Resolution earlier than in canon and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Leaving Nothing to Chance by SuzanneO

  1. snowy_owl says:

    Ooh, this story was hilarious! Poor Darcy, he is so clueless… Thanks for the rec!

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