In Netherfield Library and Other Stories
By Meg Osborne
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A selection of short stories inspired by the works of Jane Austen...
In Netherfield Library – Pride and Prejudice - Brought to Netherfield to care for her ailing sister and kept there by an ongoing rain-storm, Elizabeth Bennet seeks refuge from Caroline Bingley's perpetual gossip in the library – but she is not alone in her desire for peace. Fitzwilliam Darcy is surprised to find an able chess opponent in Elizabeth, and as the pair debate strategy and novels they find a rapport they never previously imagined.
Mr Bennet Pays a Call – Pride and Prejudice - Despite his insistence to the contrary, Mr Bennet is eager to meet the newest arrival in Hertfordshire, and arranges to call on the party at Netherfield without the interference of his wife.
One Dance at the Assembly – Pride and Prejudice - When Mr Darcy overhears his opinion of Elizabeth Bennet being discussed by that lady herself, he decides to remedy his bad manners immediately: even if that means inviting the lady in question to dance.
Almost a Collision – Pride and Prejudice - Elizabeth loves to walk, even when the weather is a little inclement. She is less prepared for a London carriage hurtling down the pathway, narrowly avoiding crushing her but sacrificing its wheel in the process. Unfortunately, its owner, Mr Darcy, is more concerned with his carriage and the disruption to his journey than the mud-covered young woman who is responsible for the accident.
Henry Crawford's Redemption – Mansfield Park – Henry Crawford gave up his plans to become a better young man when Fanny Price spurned his hopes of marriage. Will a chance encounter with another young lady encourage him to persevere in his reform?
The Rumour of an Engagement – Persuasion – Captain Frederick Wentworth is enjoying a meal with his sister and friends, when he overhears words that ruin his appetite. "Miss Elliot is engaged to be married."