Good Afternoon everyone,
It is a great pleasure to receive Grace Gibson at From Pemberley to Milton today. She visited just a couple of weeks ago when we revealed the cover of her book Silver Buckles, and today she is stopping by with an excerpt I hope you like.
Today’s excerpt shows you Mr. Darcy’s POV, and that is always my favourite POV, maybe because we are not privy to it in Pride & Prejudice. I hope you enjoy it and that you also apply to win a copy of the book, in case you haven’t bought it and read it already 🙂 In case you have, I would love to hear your opinion 🙂
I would also like to thank Janet Taylor for organizing this tour, and to Grace Gibson for once more sharing an exciting excerpt of her book with us 🙂
She staggered a great man. He was reeling. She was overwhelmed.
Fitzwilliam Darcy, standing irritably at the edge of the Meryton assembly, declines to dance with Elizabeth Bennet. In a mood of revulsion, he rejects her without concern of being overheard. Country pretensions are always in need of squashing, and what better way to make clear he would not partner anyone outside his party? However, when he looks over at her, she does not appear humbled at all. She is secretly laughing at him!
Elizabeth is perversely delighted to encounter such an outrageous snob as Mr. Darcy. When he approaches her with a stiff, graceless apology, she coolly brushes him off, believing that, like most annoyances, he will go away when properly snubbed. But no! The man then puts out his hand and, not wishing to create a scene, compels her to stand up with him.
They go through the steps of the dance mutually disdainful and intent upon wounding each other. But by the time the musicians end their tune, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have traded barbs with such accuracy, they are unaccountably amused and engaged. Will this most inconvenient flirtation drive them apart—or, like silver buckles, are they a matched pair?
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In Silver Buckles, Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet start out in that most familiar stance of undeclared lovers—that of adversaries. But somehow, their attempts to provoke one another turn into a spark-filled flirtation that proves pretty irresistible to the gentleman. Unfortunately for him, Elizabeth is a genius at playing this game, as in this excerpt told from Mr. Darcy’s point of view. We find him at the home of Sir William and Lady Lucas for a dreary afternoon gathering.
An afternoon at a country house filled with strangers who are neither elegant nor dignified is a kind of torture for me. Moreover, these people have known each other all their lives, and they are so comfortable together that one is acutely aware of being an outsider. Miss Bingley attempted to commiserate with me as I stood awkwardly on the fringes of the melee. I was having none of it, answering in a dead, mechanical voice to all her lamentations while watching the doorway for the Bennets.
When Miss Elizabeth entered the room, I left Miss Bingley and went directly to my object.
“Mr. Darcy!” she exclaimed in mild surprise at my undisguised eagerness to greet her. “You seem in high spirits. I had not thought this sort of gathering would be to your taste. I came fully prepared to witness your silent indignation at such a mode of passing an evening.”
“Yes, but I have thought that this middling sort of entertainment would be delightful to you. Am I right?”
“Well, when one lives in drudgery while plotting how to marry well, these middling entertainments as you call them are a respite.” Just as I opened my mouth to reply, she turned to greet Miss Lucas. “Oh, Charlotte, how pretty you look! Excuse me, Mr. Darcy, but I believe Mrs. Long is trying to get my attention.”
Dismissed! Delightful girl! I was sure a lazy smile threatened to give me away at that moment, and so I found a window and looked out at a mediocre garden while Miss Elizabeth’s middle sister—the plain one—plunked away at the pianoforte.
Miss Bingley was sure to trap me there for the purpose of more commiseration on such horrid playing however, so I looked around for an alternative and encountered my host, Sir William Lucas. He was a garrulous and amiable man, benevolent and believing himself to be quite an important figure after having been tapped on the shoulder by the King. He was not in any way an elegant or intelligent man, and he spoke endlessly of his brief moment in the sun at St. James’s Palace. However, just as I was about to snub him as he droned on in a most insufferable way, I caught the eye of Miss Elizabeth.
She was evaluating me, poised to judge me as I spoke to Sir William. She glanced softly at the man I was about to skewer with some pithy remark, and I pulled up short. Did she indeed like this oaf? Well, he was a harmless sort; I could grant her that at least. I took a deep breath and began to converse with a bit more consideration for someone who was trying desperately to earn my approbation. With one eye on my host and one eye on my saucy monitor, I listened to the minute details of a room at the palace where Sir William was honored—a second-rate chamber if I recall, used to dispatch the hordes of persons singled out for a token aimed solely at keeping the mythology of the Liege Lord intact.
I expected a reward, and what I received was a most dissatisfying afternoon in which I tried desperately to put myself in a position to earn it. Finally, at the very end of the ordeal, I pinned down my quarry only to receive a pert sort of farewell.
What better way to keep Mr. Darcy intrigued than to pointedly avoid him, particularly when he is hounded by marriageable ladies everywhere he goes. But Miss Elizabeth Bennet will have her say, and you’ll be able to read it directly from her point of view in Silver Buckles.
The blog tour for Silver Buckles is almost over, but you still have time to go back and read each blog stop. You can find all the blog tour schedule below 🙂
Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Meryton Press is offering 8 eBooks of Silver Buckles throughout the blog tour. To apply to it, all you have to do is click here.
Good Luck everyone!