Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pemberley Ball: Mr. Darcy, I Presume


The party festivities continue. And, we have yet to spot Mr. Darcy.

Ladies who are not dancing, chatting with acquaintances and friends, or taking refreshment stand apart people watching or perhaps flirting.

One such person is Miss Agnes Wilby.

A little about her...

I am Agnes Wilby - not a very promising name.

No doubt a wallflower in the making. Though I do love to attend parties & balls.

I would love to meet Mr. Darcy, but no doubt it is Mr. Collins I will attract.

Sure enough, Agnes glances to her right and catches the eye of Mr. Collins. She quickly averts her eyes in hopes that he does not take it upon himself to cross the room to add his name to her dance card.

She silently prays that she could melt into the wall behind her.

Then she feels a tap upon her sleeve.

She turns to see Lady Vee.

My dear Miss Agnes, have you had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Darcy?

Out from behind Lady Vee, Mr. Darcy appears with a friendly nod.


Should Lady Vee introduce you to Mr. Darcy, are you prepared for this exciting encounter?

If not, perhaps this gem of a book may be of use...

Finding Mr. Darcy
Jane Austen's Guide to Dating for the Modern Girl
by Amanda Hooton
Amazon | Goodreads

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WIN this book.

Open to all.

Offer expires: Nov 30, 2014

TO DO: (2-parts)

1. RSVP to the Pemberley Ball (if you have not already done so) here

2. Answer at least 3 Darcy questions during the Pemberley Ball including the one below.


Contest has ended - winner is here



Mr. Darcy
played by Matthew Macfadyen
Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Mr. Darcy wants to know…

Which Bennet sister would you like to chat with at the ball?


* image source: silhouette, gown for Agnes Wilby (aka Mary Preston), Mr. Darcy

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