Welcome. Last week Kitty thought Lord George protested a little too much when she made a passing comment that his referral to Napoleon sounded somewhat personal, as though he'd been to France. You can read that HERE.
I've skipped ahead a few paragraphs and we are now in Lord George's POV and Mr. Bennet, Mrs. Bennet and Mary Bennet have joined him and Kitty. Which is a good thing because Kitty worried. Although Lord George was clear across the drawing room standing by the fireplace, the fact they were unattended in the drawing room was socially unacceptable.
George watched with mild amusement as Mrs. Bennet fussed with her skirts, chastised the girls for any number of things not worth worrying about and almost laughed out loud when she finally turned her full attention on him. The calculating look in her eye, barely concealed by much fluttering of her eyelashes, led him to believe she had him pegged for son-in-law number four.
"We barely had time for conversation, what with all the excitement of Kitty nearly being killed," began the lady of the house.
George caught a slight eye roll from Catherine, who hid it by looking down at her fingers, which continued to pleat and tug at the blanket covering her legs.
"What brought you to Hertfordshire, Lord Kerr? Surely there are lots of pretty girls in London to catch your eye, although Kitty is quite lovely, when she's not covered in mud." Mrs. Bennet's head tipped to one side as she awaited his answer. She reminded him of a pet bird his mother kept, which always tilted its head and fixed one eye on him, waiting to see what he'd say or do.
"Lord Kerr is not required to share his itinerary, nor does he answer to us as to what ladies he knows in London," Mr. Bennet said, shaking out his newspaper in agitation. "It's not his fault Kitty was in the middle of the road, silly girl, always dreaming her life away."Thank you for reading my contribution to Weekend Writing Warriors. I'm sure a lot of you are at the RWA conference. One of these years I'll attend, but I'm saving for a fab vacation in November.
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Poor Katherine for her parents to talk about her like that.ReplyDelete
Yes, it wouldn't be a Pride & Prejudice variation if Mrs. Bennet wasn't silly and Mr. Bennet impatient with her... lolDelete
Your descriptions of the parents' reactions are amusing and easy to picture. And of course, true to PnP.ReplyDelete
Love this genre. Wonderful rendition of the era and atmosphere. I really enjoyed this.ReplyDelete
Sue, you placed us in another world and there we are, standing, listening, enjoying what's going on.ReplyDelete
Enjoying the story, really nice to have his POV now. Interesting he's so tolerant of Mrs. Bennet (so far). She'd drive me crazy in under five minutes LOL. Great snippet!ReplyDelete
In original canon, Mr. Bennet said Mrs. Bennet's nerves had been his faithful companion some twenty years. Given that this storyline is occurring roughly two years after, he's suffered in agitation for twenty-two!Delete
I've always enjoyed stories in this time period. The mother is such a twit! Love hearing his POV.ReplyDelete
I feel so bad for her. What a mortifying situation.ReplyDelete
I like the bird analogy!ReplyDelete