Servants at Pemberley are hard at work with preparations for Saturday night's Pemberley Ball from polishing silver to baking confections for the dessert table. Their private matters and romances are set aside for the special event.
However, things are brewing at the Longbourn household from which our Bennet sisters preside.
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by Jo Baker
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The servants take center stage in this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice. While Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters fuss over balls and husbands, Sarah, their orphaned housemaid, is beginning to chafe against the boundaries of her class. When a new footman arrives at Longbourn under mysterious circumstances, the carefully choreographed world she has known all her life threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended. Mentioned only fleetingly in Jane Austen’s classic, here Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Regency England and, in doing so, uncovers the real world of the novel that has captivated readers’ hearts around the world for generations.
played by John Baragrey
Pride and Prejudice (1949)
Mr. Darcy wants to know…
If you were a servant in the Pride and Prejudice story, what position would you hold and where would you like to be posted Longbourn or Pemberley?
* image source: character map, Mr. Darcy