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Sensuality Statistics - What is the truth?
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Sharon Lathan
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November 14, 2014 - 1:03 AM
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My Dearest Mr. Darcy

 

Over the course of time I have grown impervious to the negative reviews and comments about my novels. Readers come in all varieties. Opinions are myriad. This is to be expected. Readers share their less-than-favorable opinion on places like Amazon or Goodreads, just as those who loved my novel do.  I will admit, however, that the gross exaggeration and false claims are a tad annoying. Semantics are a tricky thing, and one person’s “porn” is a sweet love scene to someone else! Nothing can be done to change that. All I can do is present the facts. Frankly, I believe the data below speaks for itself as to the veracity of some claims. 
 
Answers to most of the questions/criticisms regarding the plot, Austen style, my inspiration, why the sensuality level, and more are answered here: Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Total pages: 333
Total Word Count: 132,268
Time covered in the novel: late-August to early-December, 1817

 

Statistics — 

Total number of times it is mentioned that Darcy and Lizzy are having sex, or had sex, including vague allusions to the act that occur “off stage”: 18

Highest number of sexual encounters noted within one 24 hour period: 2

Number of times more than one sexual encounter is referenced as occurring within a 24 hour period: 2

Total number of pages (any portion of a page counted as one complete page) devoted to marital relations – i.e. “sex scenes” – including ALL foreplay, interludes of kissing/caressing/etc. that do not include actual sex, conversations while in bed whether romantic or not, and similar activity: 55-60 pages, out of 333 pages total.

Places specifically mentioned where a sexual encounter occurs, aside from the Darcys’ bedchamber & bed: ocean 2, carriage 1, beach 1, grotto outside 1

 

Snippets from negative – 1 to 2 star – reviews on Amazon specific to this novel–

half of the content is composed of intimate interludes and in the other half, the two main characters spend all their time pining for each other….

I found the frequent sexual interludes between Mr. and Mrs. Darcy unrealistic since she’s supposed to be in her last trimester… “unrealistic” to make love/have sex when pregnant? As a 2 time mother and delivery nurse I can assure this is not “unrealistic” at all!

Why the author felt the need to “soften” a Victorian gentleman of Mr. Darcy’s caliber into a needy and horny teenager is beyond me… he’s a Georgian gentleman, not Victorian, but in any era how is needing your wife and wanting to love her translated as “softening”? 

just a series of scenes to use as a backdrop for descriptions of sexual encounters….

 

 

Number of times the following words and phrases appear in the novel, in all the various usages/definitions possible, out of a total word count of 132,268

beloved 55
I love you 62
love 183
dearest 45
my dear 31
my heart 38
my soul 11
my precious 7
precious 14
lover/lovers 28
my love 38
darling 8
my wife 24
my husband  15
kiss 95
kissed 45
kissing 27
breast/breasts/bosom 50
nipple/nipples 11
groin 1
arouse/aroused/arousal 15
buttocks  0
derriere  3
naked 11
desire 53
moan/moans/moaning/moaned 17
groan/groans/groaning/groaned 12
bed 63
tongue 12
passion 31
passionate 4
embrace 21
lovemaking 9
make love 9
sexual 7

 

 Read the following at own risk. Language alert!

 

Words that DO NOT appear in this novel: erection, cock, penis, butt, ass, f**k, orgasm, climax, intercourse, and any similar crude, graphic, or explicit word.

 

 

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