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My dearest Lydia,



La, I meant to write sooner, but the social whirl has me thinking of nothing but dresses and balls and handsome officers! To be sure Brighton is nothing like London at this time of year, but one would never know it for all the parties and dances we have been invited to attend. My mama has had the seamstress make up three new ball dresses, and I am simply dying to show them to you.



Sir William Lucas has written my papa another letter. Is it true? Is Charlotte Lucas to be married? Goodness, but Meryton is a more exciting place to live than I once thought. Please, do tell me what has happened, and if there is a gentleman waiting in the wings for you.

Oh, and do tell – is your sister Jane engaged to Mr Bingley? When are they to be wed?

Your loving friend,


Lucy


Dearest Lucy, 


It seems such an age since you last wrote – I cannot tell you how jealous I am to hear of your new ball gowns – you are very lucky to have a family who spoil you. I’ve told you before – I quite despair of mine; though perhaps if my name were Jane or Lizzy I would enjoy more frippery. 



Anyway, what can I say in reply to your queries? You think Meryton exciting but you do not know the half of it! We have had high drama and laughs to last us six months together – you cannot imagine. My cousin Collins, (the rattling rector I call him, because he never ceases prattling,) came for a visit and made such a song and dance about making eyes at Lizzy to the point of even proposing! Lizzy would not have him, my mother was livid and threatened to disown her, but papa said he would never see my sister again if she did consent to the match. Lord! How Kitty and I laughed, I thought my sides would split.



Then – what do you think happened next? My cousin bumped into Charlotte Lucas in the lane and before Lizzy had drawn breath with the relief of a lucky escape, Collins proposed to Miss Lucas and she accepted him!!!! I could not believe it and thought Sir William was having a joke when he came with the news! Everyone in the village is excessively diverted by the ‘Lovebirds of Longbourn’ as Kitty and I have taken to calling them – I cannot help feeling sorry for Charlotte – you and I will never be so desperate for a husband I am sure!



But – that is not all – my poor sister Jane who had such high hopes of becoming engaged to Mr Bingley has been left high and dry! He has gone to town and if you ask my opinion; that is the end of it. No doubt, his nasty sister Caroline will throw floozies in his path – I am so sorry for Jane – she will end an old maid!



As for myself, there are several young men who are intent on catching my eye – Mr Denny, Mr Pratt and Captain Carter, to name but a few. However, there is one particular officer I am very partial to or would be if my sister Lizzy would let me have my share of conversation and dancing. Mr Wickham is one of the most handsome men you ever saw – Oh! Lucy, he looks so well in scarlet! Kitty and I are just going into Meryton,

Write again soon, not forgetting to tell me of your beau,

Affectionately yours,

Lydia
Thank you once again Ms Place for your entertaining letter from Lucy. We’re having a lot of fun writing these; I hope you are enjoying them. Ms Place can be found at Jane Austen Today by clicking here

Jane

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My dearest Lydia,



La, I meant to write sooner, but the social whirl has me thinking of nothing but dresses and balls and handsome officers! To be sure Brighton is nothing like London at this time of year, but one would never know it for all the parties and dances we have been invited to attend. My mama has had the seamstress make up three new ball dresses, and I am simply dying to show them to you.



Sir William Lucas has written my papa another letter. Is it true? Is Charlotte Lucas to be married? Goodness, but Meryton is a more exciting place to live than I once thought. Please, do tell me what has happened, and if there is a gentleman waiting in the wings for you.

Oh, and do tell – is your sister Jane engaged to Mr Bingley? When are they to be wed?

Your loving friend,


Lucy


Dearest Lucy, 


It seems such an age since you last wrote – I cannot tell you how jealous I am to hear of your new ball gowns – you are very lucky to have a family who spoil you. I’ve told you before – I quite despair of mine; though perhaps if my name were Jane or Lizzy I would enjoy more frippery. 



Anyway, what can I say in reply to your queries? You think Meryton exciting but you do not know the half of it! We have had high drama and laughs to last us six months together – you cannot imagine. My cousin Collins, (the rattling rector I call him, because he never ceases prattling,) came for a visit and made such a song and dance about making eyes at Lizzy to the point of even proposing! Lizzy would not have him, my mother was livid and threatened to disown her, but papa said he would never see my sister again if she did consent to the match. Lord! How Kitty and I laughed, I thought my sides would split.



Then – what do you think happened next? My cousin bumped into Charlotte Lucas in the lane and before Lizzy had drawn breath with the relief of a lucky escape, Collins proposed to Miss Lucas and she accepted him!!!! I could not believe it and thought Sir William was having a joke when he came with the news! Everyone in the village is excessively diverted by the ‘Lovebirds of Longbourn’ as Kitty and I have taken to calling them – I cannot help feeling sorry for Charlotte – you and I will never be so desperate for a husband I am sure!



But – that is not all – my poor sister Jane who had such high hopes of becoming engaged to Mr Bingley has been left high and dry! He has gone to town and if you ask my opinion; that is the end of it. No doubt, his nasty sister Caroline will throw floozies in his path – I am so sorry for Jane – she will end an old maid!



As for myself, there are several young men who are intent on catching my eye – Mr Denny, Mr Pratt and Captain Carter, to name but a few. However, there is one particular officer I am very partial to or would be if my sister Lizzy would let me have my share of conversation and dancing. Mr Wickham is one of the most handsome men you ever saw – Oh! Lucy, he looks so well in scarlet! Kitty and I are just going into Meryton,

Write again soon, not forgetting to tell me of your beau,

Affectionately yours,

Lydia
Thank you once again Ms Place for your entertaining letter from Lucy. We’re having a lot of fun writing these; I hope you are enjoying them. Ms Place can be found at Jane Austen Today by clicking here

Jane

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I hope you have all enjoyed the Pride and Prejudice adaptation that has just finished on TV in the US. I loved this version and I thought Julia Sawalha was a fantastic Lydia, petulant and precocious but still managing to be very funny! Adrian Lukis was perfect for Wickham too, just the right combination of charm and charisma to convince us in the beginning that he is an ideal partner for Lizzy but also imbued with a certain sleaziness, which soon shows us his true character. Poor Lydia cannot see this and believes herself to be in love with him. Whatever her faults, I could not let Lydia be miserable with Mr Wickham for the rest of her life – I had to find a happy ending for her in Lydia Bennet’s Story!
Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet was a wonderful Lizzy and I’m sure most will agree that Colin Firth is unsurpassed as Mr Darcy. I think the on screen chemistry between these two is what sparked so many web sites, blogs and sequels to Pride and Prejudice in the years since its first airing. I remember talking to Ann Channon at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton when this adaptation first came out. She said that the building could scarcely cope with the huge numbers of people that wanted to find out more about the author who had written Pride and Prejudice; they were inundated with visitors. One entry in the visitor’s book made Ann laugh-they noted the house was very nice but asked ‘where is Mr Darcy?’

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I hope you have all enjoyed the Pride and Prejudice adaptation that has just finished on TV in the US. I loved this version and I thought Julia Sawalha was a fantastic Lydia, petulant and precocious but still managing to be very funny! Adrian Lukis was perfect for Wickham too, just the right combination of charm and charisma to convince us in the beginning that he is an ideal partner for Lizzy but also imbued with a certain sleaziness, which soon shows us his true character. Poor Lydia cannot see this and believes herself to be in love with him. Whatever her faults, I could not let Lydia be miserable with Mr Wickham for the rest of her life – I had to find a happy ending for her in Lydia Bennet’s Story!
Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet was a wonderful Lizzy and I’m sure most will agree that Colin Firth is unsurpassed as Mr Darcy. I think the on screen chemistry between these two is what sparked so many web sites, blogs and sequels to Pride and Prejudice in the years since its first airing. I remember talking to Ann Channon at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton when this adaptation first came out. She said that the building could scarcely cope with the huge numbers of people that wanted to find out more about the author who had written Pride and Prejudice; they were inundated with visitors. One entry in the visitor’s book made Ann laugh-they noted the house was very nice but asked ‘where is Mr Darcy?’

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