Pride and Prejudice, the best known and probably best loved of Jane Austen’s novels, was published in January of 1813. That’s almost 200 years ago now! To commemorate the upcoming anniversary, Austen Authors has a running project called P&P200 (for obvious reasons), which expands in “real time” on events in the original novel. In other words, stuff that happens in the book in February, May, or October will be explored in February, May, and October of this year. A P&P200 post might depict a “missing scenes” (something alluded to, but not shown in the original), or possibly an existing scene told from a different character’s viewpoint.
Pride and Prejudice is written mostly in Elizabeth Bennet’s point of view. But wouldn’t it be interesting to know what’s going on in the heads of some of the other characters? especially the villains? That’s what my P&P200 assignment was today – to write a familiar scene from chapter 41 using an unfamiliar perspective:
Mr. Wickham is a smooth operator who’s used to talking his way out of tight spots and charming the ladies with equal dexterity. When Elizabeth returns from Hunsford, however, she’s on to him. Her eyes have been opened by Darcy’s letter, and she knows the truth. But Wickham doesn’t know she knows. We’ve seen this situation from Lizzy’s perspective. Now let’s find out… What Was Wickham Thinking?
He was by no means discouraged. Mary King may have slipped through his fingers, but what did it matter? There were plenty more fish in the sea. And after all, it would have been selling himself pretty cheap to settle for a freckled face with only ten thousand pounds. He could… he would… do better in the end for being rid of her.
In the meantime, it might be entertaining to renew his flirtation with the intriguing Elizabeth Bennet… (follow this link to read the rest of my story at Austen Authors)
Mr. Wickham was the happy man towards whom almost every female eye was turned, and Elizabeth was the happy woman by whom he finally seated himself. (Pride and Prejudice, chapter 16)