Mr. Darcy’s letter to Jane Austen

 

I was searching for something in my computer folders and stumbled across this whimsical bit I wrote a good two years ago for a guest blog assignment. With a teeny bit of editing, I figured why not share it again? The premise was, what would Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy say to his creator, Jane Austen, if charged to write her a letter of thanks? This was my idea at the time, and I still think it perfect!

Dear Jane,

First, allow me to extend my apologies for the informality of the above address. The intimacy of the salutation is uncomfortable, I assure you. I preferred “Miss Austen” as the proper format when a married gentlemen composes a missive to an unmarried lady who is not kin, that in and of itself a breach of protocol I have never committed. However, my wife, Mrs. Darcy, has conveyed to me with all the elements of command she possesses that “Dear Jane” is allowable in this express instance. Since you are familiar with the former Miss Bennet, then you comprehend my meaning. Frankly, I was rather taken aback by her leniency, as my wife, you probably are not surprised to discover since you originally created her character, flawed as it is, has a moderate jealous streak, a fact proven true during a particularly unpleasant, albeit humorous, episode while vacationing near Greater Yarmouth.

As I suspected, writing those sentences has annoyed Mrs. Darcy, who was, of course, standing over my shoulder to “assist” me in this letter’s wording. She has now exited the room. Fortunately I am highly adept at softening my beloved wife’s temper with those arts of persuasion gifted to me, presumably by you, although I appreciate that subsequent pens have enhanced my attributes beyond what you undoubtedly imagined. Revealed within that last statement is a far allotment of arrogance and pride, I do confess, those two attributes tempered over the course of time, but remaining to a certain degree, especially in regards to the relationship I share with Mrs. Darcy.

This latter topic is the main point of this letter. Although it may be deduced from the previous paragraphs that it was Mrs. Darcy’s superb arts of persuasion – no less effective upon me than mine are upon her – that caused me to write this letter, that would be an error in assumption. In point of fact, I am pleased to apply my ink-saturated steel tipped pen to parchment and endeavor to express my deepest, sincerest thanks to the artist who created the story of my life.

In the case of me and Mrs. Darcy, trials and tribulations, prejudices and prideful attitudes, as well as mysteries and misunderstanding abounded. This is necessary for an enthralling tale designed to provoke readers. Indeed, I applaud you for weaving with literary brilliance rivaling the greatest masters of storytelling. Nevertheless, my appreciation for how you chose to conclude my story is tenfold that attained from a finely wrought tale of adventure or intrigue. Novels of woe or doom may titillate upon occasion, yet, I judge that none satisfy the reader as profoundly as those that end upon the classic supposition that the characters went on to live “happily ever after.”

For my particular situation I can attest that my satisfaction in the ending granted me, dear lady authoress, is immense. My reward, as undeserving as I am, in being bestowed the love of my dearest, loveliest Elizabeth was more than sufficient.

Yet, to my unending delight, generations of gratified readers eventually succumbed to the stirrings of discontentment that often roil within our breast when we realize that indeed the story has ended, and we are no longer as gratified as we initially supposed. We then muse upon what hidden tales could have been told or what might have transpired in the months subsequent. Many talented souls have bravely taken the quill from your hand, as it were, and dipped deeply into the inkwell to thus etch upon the paper page their vision of the rest of the story.

Therefore, my precious wife and I have not been left to dwell in the dark abyss of vague imaginings, but have been given lives abundantly lived in a host of ways, none as fulfilling as the evolution and joyous consummation of our marriage in true felicity. Indeed it feels as if we shall eternally live on.

Thus, and in conclusion, although I delight in teasing my wife – she who has so thoroughly delighted in teasing me since the earliest days of our acquaintance, and has taught me the pleasure in such frivolity – writing this letter to you, even with the informal “Dear Jane” address, is not a challenge or chore or displeasing proposition, but rather an honor, as it provides me the opportunity to extend my humble appreciation for creating us in the first place.

Your servant, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Master of Pemberley

 

11 Comments for Mr. Darcy’s letter to Jane Austen

  1. Sharon,
    This letter is so filled with the tender man Darcy is! I am so happy to read this, since it is written very good, and it makes one forget that Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy isn’t real people, and don’t sit in the writing room at Pemberley in Derbyshire! Thank you for making me forget my own little fall-hit Denmark for a few precious moments!
    I am envious at you for sitting in California, since you are than close to my favorite city in the world *cough* San Francisco *cough*! Look forward to more letters, texts, snippets about our dear Mr. Darcy and witty Elizabeth Bennet Darcy!

    • San Francisco is one of my favorite cities too, Sophia. I used to live an hour south of San Fran so we went into the city often. So much fun! I never tire of it.

      Thanks for the kind words. I am glad you enjoyed Mr. Darcy spilling his thoughts to Jane. It was great fun to write!

  2. It´s such a beautiful letter Sharon, you have endowed him with such tender feelings that I sometimes must remember that he isn´t real. Thanks for sharing this letter with those of us who haven´t been so fortunate as to know you before and haven´t had the pleasure of reading your works. Thanls again for all the delightful moments you provided me. My sincere regards from my beautiful and still hot ( 30º centigrades today, 10th October¡¡¡¡)town Sevilla ( Spain)

    • My pleasure, Ana! I am glad you liked it. I love channeling Mr. Darcy, getting into his head as it were. He is my favorite character. He and Dr. Darcy, that is.

      Good luck staying cool. It is still quite warm where I am in the central valley of California. Fall hasn’t hit us fully as yet.

  3. This is brilliant Sharon. As if your characters aren’t ‘real& enough. This letter adds to the beautiful illusion that the ‘Master of Pemberley’ is alive and well in Derbyshire 🙂 ‘dark abyss’. Love that bit hehe. You’re a genius. Love all your work xxx

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