Darcy's Yuletide: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

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Elizabeth Darcy’s hands may have curled inward with use, but her pen-strokes still formed the same shrewd fervor that they did in the spring of her youth. The candle barely illuminated the writing desk. It was just enough for her to see the piece of paper before her and nothing else. No matter, she couldn’t see much in the daylight.
She felt a faint flush of humor rising from her feet and echo through her body until it blossomed about her scalp like a Grecian victory wreath. Quietly aloud, she read the words she’d penned:

My dearest Ms. Bennet,

I write you in reply to the letter you sent to me some Pentecostal time ago. It is difficult to believe that more than 50 years of your life have transpired since I was advanced in age enough to relevantly reply.

I know that it is an impossibility of our human condition for you to return my cordial advances. That’s quite alright, dear. It is one thing to be old and to remember being young. One may never be young again. This you well know, though you have never yet been old.

There are many things I wish to address to you, young lady, considering the advancement of your age. At the moment, you are a twenty-year-old, headstrong and indeed prejudiced to a fault. You are rather doubtful of the character of our mutual husband, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (fear not child! Your heart knows already that he shall be the one, despite his many faults.)

I hope to set your mind at ease. I will not tell you how you should feel or what presumptions you should make. You already know. I only wish to help you trace the course of your life. Your decisions, my girl, were an honorable resolution, indeed.
Very seldom do we receive the encouragement we require to survive the pain of a life of both pride and prejudice. This is hoping to start a discourse between your heart and mine. I hope that you in your nonage and I in my dotage will be able to come to some sort of resolution that ends in tranquility.

Commencing, let me tell you all there is to know about the elder Mr. Darcy, in contrast to his younger counterpart with which you are so well and adversely accustomed to at this moment in your life….

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