Told entirely from Mr Darcy‘s point of view, A little whimsical in his civilities tells how, thanks to lady Catherine‘s intrusion at Longbourn, Darcy and Bingley return to the Hertfordshire to reconquer their lovers. The story is set exactly one year after the Meryton assembly, and in this new reunion Mr Darcy wants to show himself in a different way from the man he seemed the first time. But his attempts to appear friendly and of smiling give an appearance of him contrary of that he wants. This is due to the fact that he can’t reach his goal during the whole ball and can’t express what he feels because of incessant interruptions.
It is funny to read the deep thoughts of Mr Darcy, above all when these are pointed at Elizabeth‘s suitors, because they become disrespectful and ridicule Mr Darcy‘s intelligence. To pursuit this goal, the author has used the language of the time, using common sayings full of alliterations. This thing, even if it shows the wide research made by the author, caused problems to me, an Italian reader endlessly at the search of the meanings of the words.
Displaying himself as a humorous novel, the story is not the genre that can be appreciated from everyone, but the book is read in little time and has the merit of containing one of the most beautiful Mr Bennet‘s mockery against Mr Darcy.
J. Marie Croft has a great passion for Pride and prejudice, wordplay and laughter. This is explained in her humorous and ironic novel Love at first slight and in her story Spyglasses and sunburns contained in Sun-kissed: Effusions of summer anthology.
This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
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