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Presumption: An Entertainment

A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice

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This witty sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice follows the fate of Georgiana Darcy, Mr. Darcy’s younger sister, who must choose between two suitors, a well-placed navy captain and a brash young architect. Masterfully adapted to Austen’s original nineteenth-century style, Presumption brings back to life the book’s most memorable characters, the Bennets, Darcys, Collins, and de Bourghs.

“An elegant emulation and continuation of Pride and Prejudice. . . . Jointly composed by two admirers of Jane Austen, the book often achieves crisp replication of her style. . . . Presumption shows how sequel-writing can, like parody, be a sharp exercise in literary appreciation.”—Peter Kemp, Times Literary Supplement

Julia Barrett is a pseudonym for Julia Braun Kessler and Gabrielle Donnelly.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 04, 1993 – Aside from the intelligence native to its title, this continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice has little to commend it. Barrett (the pseudonym of writers Julia Braun Kessler and Gabrielle Donnelly) essentially reassigns the plights of Austen's characters. Thus Darcy's sister, Georgiana--Barrett's heroine--prejudges an honorable fellow even as she is dazzled by the duplicitous, Wickham-like Captain Heywood. This dastardly fellow hooks up with Wickham himself in an extortion scheme whereby Elizabeth's aunt Philips is imprisoned on charges of shoplifting. Haughty Caroline Bingley, running off with Heywood, implausibly enacts the role previously assigned to Lydia, while Georgiana (of course) finds solace for her wounded heart with aforesaid honorable fellow. Elizabeth, almost a minor figure, is rarely allowed to simply speak: she ``cries, '' ``says smiling'' or even ``cries . . .with sparkling eyes'' her various utterances. Arch and cumbersomely worded pseudo-aphorisms take the place of Austen's witty comments. The real presumption here is not the attempt to reincarnate Elizabeth, Darcy et al., but the titling of the work ``an entertainment.'' Readers will more likely cringe.
Presumption: An Entertainment
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Sep 24, 2012
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Seller: Chicago Distribution Center
  • Print Length: 238 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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