Dec 2013: DECEMBER | "I found," said [Wickham], "as the time drew near, that I had better not meet Mr Darcy;--that to be in the same room, the same party with him for so many hours together, might be more than I could bear, and that scenes might arise unpleasant to more than myself." | "It is evident by this [letter]," added Jane, "that he comes back no more this winter." "It is only evident that Miss Bingley does not mean he should." | Miss Lucas perceived [Collins] from an upper window as he walked towards the house, and instantly set out to meet him accidentally in the lane." | Jane Austen birthdate 1775 | "Engaged to Mr Collins! my dear Charlotte,--impossible!" | "...But do you think [Jane] would be prevailed on to go back with us [to Town]? | "You are too sensible a girl, Lizzy, to fall in love merely because you are warned against it;..." | Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters. | Bingley
Dec 2013: I sincerely hope your Christmas ... may abound in the gaieties which that season generally brings
Nov 2013: NOVEMBER | "...I hope you saw her petticoat, six inches deep in mud, I am absolutely certain." | "I am afraid, Mr Darcy,...this adventure has rather affected your admiration of her fine eyes." | "Not at all,...they were brightened by the exercise." | "...I am much mistaken if there are not some among us to whom a ball would be rather a punishment than a pleasure." | "I dare say you will find him very agreeable." "Heaven forbid!--That would be the greatest misfortune of all!--To find a man agreeable whom one is determined to hate!--..." | ...replied Elizabeth archly."for I have always seen a great similarity in the turn of our minds.--We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the eclat of a proverb."
Nov 2013: Netherfield | The prospect of the Netherfield ball was extremely agreeable...
Oct 2013: OCTOBER | "She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men." | "...and I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine" | "...but there are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement." | "...He has a very satirical eye, and if I do not begin by being impertinent myself, I shall soon grow afraid of him." | "...Every savage can dance." | ",,,My mind was more agreeably engaged. I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow." | during this month, JA begins writing P&P 1796 | "Obstinate, headstrong girl!..." | "If your feelings are still what they were..." | Elizabeth's spirits soon rising to playfulness again, she wanted Mr Darcy to account for his having ever fallen in love with her.... "Now be sincere; did you admire me for my impertinence?" "For the liveliness of your mind, I did." | Talk like Jane Austen Day
Oct 2013: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. | Longbourn | Lucas Lodge
Sep 2013: SEPTEMBER | "And you are never to stir out of doors till you can prove that you have spent ten minutes of every day in a rational manner." | "I do not cough for my own amusement." | "...how can you be so tiresome! You must know that I am thinking of his marrying one of them." | "Mr Darcy!" repeated Elizabeth, in utter amazement. | "I think you are in very great danger of making him as much in love with you as ever." | "Why, if he came only to be silent, grave, and indifferent,...did he come at all?" | "Oh, Lizzy!...how shall I bear so much happiness!" | JA sells P&P to Thos Egerton 1812 | "Oh, Lizzy! why am I thus singled from my family, and blessed above them all! If I could but see you as happy! If there were but such another man for you!" | Her heart did whisper, that he had done it for her.
Sep 2013: London | But to live in ignorance on such a point was impossible.
Aug 2013: AUGUST | "She was convinced that she could have been happy with him, when it was no longer likely they should meet." | "How little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue." | Elizabeth's mind was too full for conversation, but she saw and admired every remarkable spot and point of view....They were all of them warm in their admiration.......and at that moment she felt, that to be mistress of Pemberley might be something! | "My dear, dear Lydia!" she cried: "...She will be married!--I shall see her again!--She will be married at sixteen!..."
Aug 2013: "There is also one other person...who more particularly wishes to be known to you...my sister..." | Pemberley
Jul 2013: JULY | Four weeks were to pass away before her uncle and aunt's arrival. But they did pass away, and Mr and Mrs Gardiner, with their four children, did at length appear at Longbourn | It is not the object of this work to give a description of Derby-shire, nor of any of the remarkable places through which their route thither lay; ... A small part of Derbyshire is all the present concern. To the little town of Lambton, the scene of Mrs Gardiner's former residence, ...they bent their steps, ...and within five miles of Lambton, Elizabeth found from her aunt, that Pemberley was situated. | ...Oxford, Blenheim, Warwick, Kenilworth, Birmingham, &c.
Jul 2013: What are men compared to rocks and mountains? | Travelling into Derbyshire | Lambton Inn
Jun 2013: JUNE | Elizabeth was excessively disappointed; she had set her heart on seeing the Lakes; and still thought there might have been time enough. | After the first fortnight or three weeks of [Lydia's] absence, health, good humour and cheerfulness began to re-appear at Longbourn. ... and by the middle of June Kitty was so much recovered as to be able to enter Meryton without tears... | Longbourn
Jun 2013: When Elizabeth had rejoiced over Wickham's departure, she found little other cause for satisfaction in the loss of the regiment. Their parties abroad were less varied than before; and at home she had a mother and sister whose constant repinings at the dulness of every thing around them threw a real gloom over their domestic circle... | Meryton, Hertfordshire
May 2013: MAY | "...Besides, it will not much signify what one wears this summer, after the ___shire have left Meryton, and they are going in a fortnight." "Are they indeed?" cried Elizabeth, with the greatest satisfaction. | "There certainly was some great mismanagement in the education of those two young men. One has got all the good-ness, and the other all the appearance of it." | "...But I think Mr Darcy improves on acquaintance." "Indeed!" cried Mr Wickham with a look which did not escape her. ... "Oh, no!" said Elizabeth. "In essentials, I believe, he is very much what he ever was. ...When I said that he improved on acquaintance, I did not mean that either his mind or manners were in a state of improvement, but that from knowing him better, his disposition was better understood." | "...We shall have no peace at Longbourn if Lydia does not go to Brighton. Let her go then. ..."
May 2013: "I do not know when I have been more shocked," said [Jane]. "Wickham so very bad! It is almost past belief. And poor Mr Darcy! dear Lizzy, only consider what he must have suffered. Such a disappointment and with the knowledge of your ill opinion too!..." | London, Gracechurch St
Apr 2013: APRIL | "In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." | ..."What he told me was merely this; that he congratulated himself on having lately saved a friend from the inconven-iences of a most imprudent marriage..." | "...I will only add, God bless you." | "...Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly. --...Till this moment, I never knew myself."
Apr 2013: "You are mistaken, Mr Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared me the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentleman-like manner." | With the exception of Michaelmas and the Netherfield Ball, plot dates throughout the calendar are approximate; derived from a combination of several chronologies proposed, and intended only to suggest the flow of the story. | Hunsford Parsonage
Mar 2014: MARCH | ...and [Lizzy] parted from [Wickham] convinced, that whether married or single, he must always be her model of the amiable and pleasing. | ...Jane was at a drawing room window, watching their arrival;... | Before they were separated...[Lizzy] had the unexpected happiness of an invitation to accompany her uncle and aunt in a tour of pleasure...in the summer. | "Upon my word, ...you give your opinion very decidedly for so young a person." | ...[Lizzy's] favourite walk, and where she frequently went while the others were calling on Lady Catherine, was along the open grove which edged that side of the park, where there was a nice sheltered path, which no one seemed to value but herself... | "My eldest sister has been in town these three months. Have you never happened to see her there?" She was perfectly sensible that he never had;... | "You mean to frighten me, Mr Darcy, by coming in all this state to hear me? But I will not be alarmed... My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me." | "I certainly have not the talent which some people possess," said Darcy, "of conversing easily with those I have never met before. ... we neither of us perform to strangers."
Mar 2014: Who could have imagined that we should receive an invitation to dine there ...so immediately after your arrival!" | Rosings Park
Feb 2014: FEBRUARY | With no greater events than these in the Longbourn family, and otherwise diversified by little beyond the walks to Meryton, sometimes dirty and sometimes cold, did January and February pass away. | ...March was to take Elizabeth to Hunsford. ... The only pain was in leaving her father, who would certainly miss her, and who, when it came to the point, so little liked her going, that he told her to write to him, and almost promised to answer her letter.
Feb 2014: Darcy Town Home, London | [Caroline] wrote also with great pleasure of her brother's being an inmate of Mr. Darcy's house...
Jan 2014: JANUARY | "...I did not think Caroline in spirits," were her words, "but she was very glad to see me, and reproached me for giving her no notice of my coming to London." | "...Promise me, therefore, [Lizzy], to come to Hunsford." | "My dearest Lizzy,...I confess myself to have been entirely deceived in Miss Bingley's regard for me."... | Pride and prejudice published 1813 | Happy 201st Anniversary, Pride and Prejudice !!!
Jan 2014: Grosvenor Square | My visit was not long, as Caroline and Mrs. Hurst were going out. | I dare say I shall soon see them here
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FC: A Jane Austen Calendar featuring Pride and Prejudice | 2013