An Update and Another Visit to Longbourn, by Bronwen Chisholm

An Update and Another Visit to Longbourn, by Bronwen Chisholm

I cannot believe April is over already. What a whirlwind of a month­­––including days where we experienced at least three seasons in less than twenty-four hours. So here we are in May (the lusty month of May as they sing in Camelot, which I happened to go see last Sunday at our regional theatre), and to be completely honest with you, I am no closer to releasing the third book in my Defying Propriety Series. There have simply been too many distractions, and Miss Bingley is being stubbornly uncommunicative. So, I thought we would check in on the Bennets again this month to see how they are progressing. (Once again, quick draft with very limited editing––please forgive any typos.)

“I dwell the longer upon this subject from the desire I have to make the society of an English Yahoo by any means not insupportable; and therefore I here entreat those who have any tincture of this absurd vice, that they will not presume to come in my sight.” Mr. Bennet closed the book, stroking the cover before he raised his eyes to his wife who sat knitting in Lizzie’s chair. “Well, Mrs. Bennet? What think you of Mr. Gulliver and his travels?”

Lowering her knitting to her lap, she tilted her head in a manner which eerily brought his favourite daughter to mind. “Though I am certain many of the author’s subtle humours escaped me, I will admit this has been an enjoyable way to spend many an evening.” She smiled as she once did years ago when his heart was quickly engaged. “I thank you, sir, for sharing the story with me.”

“I find that I must agree with you, madam. You took me quite by surprise when you entered my book room a fortnight ago, and I thought you might lose interest as we progressed through the story, but I find I have quite enjoyed our evenings spent in this manner. I might say I have even looked forward to them.” He winked and a becoming blush covered her countenance.

“You tease me, Mr. Bennet.”

“Indeed, I do not, my dear Mrs. Bennet. I have been wondering what we might read next.”

His wife pursed her lips, thoughts rolling across her countenance as she clearly weighed his response to each. After but a minute, she collected her knitting and returned it to her work basket before scooting forward in her seat and folding her hands in her lap.

“I have been considering what we might do as well. Perhaps the story has inspired me, but would it not be far more entertaining to travel ourselves than to read of someone else doing so? We could go to Derbyshire and see Jane and Lizzy, or to Bath to visit Kitty. I know you dislike London, so I will not suggest we visit Mary or my brother; and it is entirely too far to visit dear Lydia.” Her eyes held such hope as she watched for his response.

Mr. Bennet drew a deep breath as he slipped his hand into his pocket and withdrew a letter he had received the previous week but to which he had yet to respond.

“How prescient of you, Mrs. Bennet. Your eldest daughters have recently notified me of their plans to visit us when their families journey south for a holiday. Darcy and Bingley have leased a home near Brighton as they learned the Wickhams will be spending a month or more there. Lizzie and Jane have voiced a desire to see their sisters, and I believe their husbands are moving heaven and earth to make it so.”

“Oh!” The silly, nervous woman he knew so well began to surface, but her countenance quickly fell, and she schooled her features before responding. “It will be quite enjoyable to see Jane and Lizzy for a few days before they continue on to see the others.”

Try though he might, Mr. Bennet was unable to suppress the smile which tugged at the corners of his lips. “You misunderstand me, my dear. Perhaps Mr. Gulliver’s tale weaved a magical spell over us both, for I find a trip to Brighton sounds remarkably enjoyable to me at the moment.”

“Oh, Mr. Bennet, are you in earnest? We will join them?”

Her smile lit her entire being with pure joy, and he decided it quite outweighed the inconvenience of travel. “I believe I must agree with something you said some years ago. A little sea-bathing would set me up forever.”


I hope you have enjoyed another peek at the Bennets as they navigate this new chapter in their lives. I promise that I will be making every effort to climb inside Miss Bingley’s head to further the next book in the series and am determined to have a more promising report for you next month. If nothing else, the cover is done, but I will not share it until I have a definite release date.

Take care and keep reading!

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Caryl Kane
Caryl Kane
May 9, 2022 5:29 PM

I’m all astonishment! Thank you for sharing.

May 8, 2022 9:44 AM

I totally enjoyed this, I do like to see actual friendship between Mr and Mrs Bennet. Although I can’t understand the Darcys and the Bingleys desire to be near the Wickham’s!
As for Caroline being difficult? Have you thought of just disposing of her? I certainly wouldn’t object! 🙂

Cheryl Kepler
Cheryl Kepler
May 8, 2022 1:44 AM

Very sweet to see the Bennets develop.

Jean Stillman
Jean Stillman
May 4, 2022 6:36 PM

What a sweet little moment between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet! I love when they are actually nice to one another!

May 4, 2022 5:08 PM

Thanks for sharing, look forward to the release.

cindie snyder
cindie snyder
May 4, 2022 2:23 PM

How cute! The Benett’s are so sweet together. I hope they have many happy travels together just like Gulliver!lol

J. W. Garrett.
J. W. Garrett.
May 4, 2022 1:07 PM

Oh, what fun. I enjoy watching M/M Bennet as they enjoy this new venture in their life. Empty nesters… so many are learning to navigate those rough waters as they rediscover their spouse and learn a new way to live and occupy themselves. I wish you all the best. No worries about Caroline. She will make her sentiments known, just give her time. She will NOT be left out of the conversation or the scene even if she has to create one herself.

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