A Glimpse by Alicia M

Story: A Glimpse
Author: Alicia M
Story URL: Story Link  (Archived Here)
Word count: 13,000
Rating: All
Summary: Dreams bring Darcy and Elizabeth closer together, but their actual meetings do not.

Gioia’s Rec:
This is one of my favorites out of the P&P stories which have a fantasy or time-travel basis to their plots.  In this sweet, introspective tale, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth share a pair of dreams showing them what life would be like if they were married.  Mr. Darcy inadvertently initiates the first dream, set on the night of the Netherfield Ball, at a time when he was struggling with questions about Elizabeth’s suitability as his wife.  As a result of the dream, and the conversation they share the next day, several months of angst are averted for some characters. But Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth still have a ways to go before they can reach an understanding, which is helped along by the second dream some time later.

I liked that last bit.  The fact that they don’t immediately fall into each other’s arms was a nice addition. As much as I often enjoy stories in which the pair are depicted as passionate and occasionally impulsive, I appreciate stories in which the resolution isn’t rushed, and where we still see them struggle to learn the lessons from canon.  They each need to be humbled a bit. They each need to learn not to take things for granted.  And they each need to learn the true worth of the other.  Alicia does a great job of balancing those introspective moments and life lessons with the captivating fantasy elements.  The story is truly moving in many places and well worth a read.

My only critique: I enjoyed it so much I wish it had been longer!

This post is a re-write of a much shorter rec originally posted in November 2010.

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-Netherfield Ball, Era: Regency, Fantasy/Folklore/Mythology, Fluff, Het: M/F, Mr. Bingley/Jane Bennet, Mr. Darcy/Elizabeth Bennet, Pride & Prejudice, Resolution earlier than in canon, Romance and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to A Glimpse by Alicia M

  1. June says:

    I tried the story link and it seams not to work. If you know anywhere it is still posted a would
    appreciate it. Thank you.

    • Gioia says:

      Thank you very much for letting me know! With the help of jaffindex.com, I was able to find it over at DWG. I’ve updated the link above now.

  2. Lmarie says:

    Hi. I Tried the link and it no longer works 😦

  3. Alicia M says:

    I am the author of this story. Thanks for your lovely review. I did purge it from the internet, including the wayback machine, which was an unexpected chore, but it may be popping up elsewhere soon. Do you still read JAff? Please drop me an email if you’d like at aliciaml@verizon.net. Thanks.

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