I'm continuing with my fun new project, Pride & Perception and I think you've enjoyed it, so far.
We ended with:
“Don’t worry, my dear. Not only will Phillips keep an eye on him, Lizzy watches over her tenants with a zeal that would rival a dragon guarding its treasure.”
Mrs. Bennet laughed softly.
“That she does. With luck, he’ll be a sensible and amiable young man and take a liking to one of our girls, or is he still in mourning?”
“I believe they came out of mourning a few months ago. He’s never owned land or cared for tenants. It was his father’s greatest wish to buy an estate and become gentlemen, which is why he’s decided to lease Netherfield. There’s not a better place to learn. Morris is a good steward and will guide him with a firm and steady hand.”
Mrs. Bennet gazed out the window, a soft smile on her face.
“Wouldn’t it be lovely if he met our Jane and fell in love? She can’t be so beautiful for nothing, you know.”
And to tease you further, to finish the scene:
“I don’t know about that. He might take one look at the
mother and decide to run me off.”
Mrs. Bennet laughed outright. “You are such a rogue, Thomas
Bennet! As if any young buck would look twice at a woman who’s been married for
over twenty years and bore five daughters.”
“I do not jest, Fanny. You are still a beautiful woman and
if he has any sense in his head, he’d pursue you with great ardor.”
With that, he rose from behind his desk, a dangerous glint
in his eye. Mrs. Bennet dropped her sewing and shifted in the chair, her lips
parting with anticipation.
“Thomas,” she warned in a soft voice, “our daughters are
down the hall in the parlor.”
“Then,” he said as he locked the door and turned to face
her, “we shall have to be very, very quiet.”