I cannot believe we are almost at the end of January. I've been busy in my kitchen. I make most things from scratch and with the grandson staying with us for an indefinite period of time during this lockdown, I'm mostly baking bread to keep his hollow legs filled!
We're continuing on with Pride & Perception and now that I've finally realized the rules are somewhat relaxed with the length of your submission, I'm adding on just a little extra to see the scene through. What fun!
We ended the last scene with:
“I assume, as before, no mention will be made that we own Netherfield?”
“None whatsoever. I’ll not have some young man chase our daughter for her inheritance. No, we will remain the Bennet’s of Longbourn, with an estate that is entailed–”
“Mr. Bennet! Have you still not told anyone the entail was broken after Lydia was born?”
Now onto this week's ten lines:
A wry grin spread across Mr. Bennet’s face.
“No, I also don’t want Jane chased for her inheritance. I want our daughters to marry for the same reasons we did, and that means the gentleman who wins their hand in marriage will do so because they love them, unconditionally.”
“Should I be a tad flighty, to test the limits?”
“My love, a little goes a long way, so be careful when and where you spout nonsense. You don’t wish to chase the bird out of the bush before the gun is primed and ready.”
“When I meet the young man, I’ll assess just how silly I have to be. Don’t worry, Mr. Bennet. I have our girl’s best interests at heart.”
“I know you do.”
“I would assume my brother Phillips is taking care of the contract for – Oh! I never asked you his name.”
“Bingley. Mr. Charles Bingley.”
“Is he a stable young man? I ask because I don’t want our tenants to fall under the management of someone who would be irresponsible. You know how gentlemen can be when they have unlimited funds and behave in a capricious manner.”
“Don’t worry, my dear. Not only will Phillips keep an eye on him, Lizzy will watch over her tenants with a zeal that would rival a dragon guarding its treasure.”