MIA: Scenes We Wish Had Been Written, by Elaine Owen

MIA: Scenes We Wish Had Been Written, by Elaine Owen

Pride and Prejudice is an amazing novel, full of humor, satire and heart stirring romance. But as wonderful as it is, there are certain parts of the story that didn’t make it  into the novel, scenes I wish Jane Austen had included in the original story. When you read Pride and Prejudice, are there any scenes you wish you could see? Here is a list of my favorite “MIA”s.

1) In the 1995 BBC movie version of the book, there’s a wonderful conversation early on between Jane and Elizabeth, in which Elizabeth clearly explains to Jane why at least one of the Bennet sisters “will have to marry very well.” Austen didn’t include this in her novel because it wasn’t necessary for her readers. Being from that day and time they already understood why Mrs. Bennet would be so desperately seeking husbands for her daughters. But those of us reading from two centuries and a hugely different culture away could use a  bit of an explanation.

2) I would love to see Mr. Collins propose to Charlotte. That had to be a hilarious conversation! We can assume he was as pompous and conceited in his second proposal as in his first, although you would think he might learn a little humility from his first attempt. Was he tactless enough to inform Charlotte that she was only his second choice? I wouldn’t put it past him! And yet Charlotte still had to accept him. Please tell me she retained some shred of dignity during what had to be a humiliating experience!

3) When Darcy goes looking for Wickham and Lydia in London. I really, really want to know what Darcy said to Wickham (the cad!) when he finally caught up with them. Did he chew Wickham out or just maintain a cold air of disapproval? Did Georgiana’s name come up? Did Wickham wonder why Darcy was getting involved in the Bennet family business? And if so, did he guess any part of the answer? Wickham was not stupid; I suspect he had a strong suspicion about what was going on behind the scenes. It  would  have  been  lovely  to  see  that  all  play  out.

4) The conversation between Darcy and Bingley where Darcy confessed his interference in all of Bingley’s affairs. This was a key moment in Darcy’s transformation, when he admitted the error of his ways and vowed to do better in the future. Austen strongly implies that Darcy not only confessed his failings, but also his feelings for Elizabeth. (If not then, then certainly by the night of his engagement.) Somebody, please, go write that scene!!!

5) When Lady Catherine receives Darcy’s letter announcing his engagement to Elizabeth. Ha ha!!! Charlotte says that her ladyship was so “incensed” that she and Collins  have to leave Hunsford. I would pay good money to see Lady Catherine in a real tizzy, wouldn’t you? Leaving this out just seems cruel on Austen’s part. 🙁

But most of all, I would love to see more of the scene where Darcy and Elizabeth finally confess their feelings to each other. Jane Austen’s description of this moment leaves a lot to the imagination! There’s no direct dialog, just a description of Elizabeth accepting his proposal and a description of how Darcy responds. It’s not until a few minutes later that we start to actually “hear” their conversation with each other.

And let’s be honest: we’d really like to see this:

The 1995 BBC production of “Pride and Prejudice ended with Elizabeth and Darcy kissing.


What about you? What scenes do you wish appeared in Pride and Prejudice? What about missing scenes from Jane Austen’s other novels? Let me know in the comments below!


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November 10, 2021 11:53 AM

This showed up in my FB feed as “MIA: Scenes We Wish Had Been Written by Elaine Owen”. I thought, ‘Wow! That is really specific. Someone must really like Elaine Owen’s writing (and well they should)’ But instead of someone wishing to prompt Elaine, she seems to be prompting us. I might just take you up on one or two of these prompts if that is ok?

September 21, 2020 6:36 PM

I agree with others in wanting more romantic scenes between Elizabeth and Darcy and Mr Collins‘ second proposal. This is why I love reading variations to fill-in these missing scenes.

Gianna Thomas
September 10, 2020 10:43 PM

Interesting post. Thank you, Elaine. As to Darcy’s confession to Bingley, I’ve read a couple of them, and in one of them, Bingley dumps him as a friend. Yes, there are a number of places it would have been nice if Austen had filled in the gaps. But maybe that’s what authors of Pride and Prejudice variations are for. 🙂

Gianna Thomas
September 21, 2020 1:26 AM
Reply to  Elaine Owen

Yep! I’m getting ready to start working on ‘Darcy Vs Wickham’ and ‘Elizabeth Bennet’s Bad Days’ again. I move into my house later this week. We still have a bit of work to do on it, then I see what I can do to finish those two books this year. 🙂

Linda A.
Linda A.
September 10, 2020 9:04 PM

Darcy asking Mr. Bennet for permission to marry Elizabeth. That would have been interesting to see.

J. W. Garrett
J. W. Garrett
September 10, 2020 7:58 PM

I love the kiss at the end in both movies. That just seals the deal for me. This was a very interesting post. Thanks for sharing with us. Who knows… we just may see those very topics in future variations. Blessings everyone, stay safe, and healthy.

J. W. Garrett
J. W. Garrett
September 11, 2020 3:32 PM
Reply to  Elaine Owen

Do it!!! I’ll read it. Oh, to see the seeds planted right here come to harvest would be so much fun.

Riana Everly
September 10, 2020 10:31 AM

I would love to know what Lady Catherine said to Darcy after her confrontation with Elizabeth. What could she have said that did exactly the opposite of what she expected? That part is so fun to speculate about.
I would also just love to know about what’s going on in Darcy’s head. We know so little about him. I think this is what makes JAFF so wonderful, because we have to read between the lines and try to understand one person’s motivations purely from another person’s not-unbiased perceptions.

Jann Rowland
September 10, 2020 9:58 AM

You know, I think I might have an idea for the second one! All would make pretty hilarious short stories!

cindie snyder
cindie snyder
September 10, 2020 9:23 AM

Definitely more romantic scenes, but it would be great to see Lady Catherine in a tizzy!lol Also when Darcy found Lydia and Wickham that would probably have been great!

Regina Jeffers
September 10, 2020 6:44 AM

I agree with wishing to read Collins’s proposal to Charlotte, although I admit I could never write it. I just cannot seem to get into Collins’s head. My attempts are sadly lacking.
I have written a couple of versions of Darcy’s confession to Bingley and his interactions with Wickham when he discovers him.
Like the reason why Mrs. Bennet wishes her daughters married well, we need to understand better how Collins is related to Mr. Bennet. Many JAFF stories get the inheritance all wrong from a legal stand point.

J. W. Garrett
J. W. Garrett
September 10, 2020 7:47 PM
Reply to  Regina Jeffers

Regina, I was going to mention that you had written Darcy’s perspective and the scene where his was confronted by Lady Catherine. ‘Darcy’s Passions’ was my very first JAFF and it will always be my favorite.

Regina Jeffers
September 11, 2020 7:33 AM
Reply to  J. W. Garrett

Thank you, my dear. That book holds a special place in my heart.

Elaine Jeremiah
September 10, 2020 5:35 AM

I think I would like to see more romantic scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth – so yes, definitely more dialogue during the second proposal scene at the end! But I also think in some ways it’s the genius of Jane Austen that she doesn’t spell it out for us, what happens, that she leaves a lot to our imaginations. She gives us some tantalising details, but leaves it to us to fill in the gaps.

I think that this is why Jane Austen fan fiction works so well and is so popular. For example, the Darcy/Elizabeth story can be told in so many different ways and we can create all this dialogue and scenes which Austen didn’t write and yet still be true to the characters and the story that she originally created.

Great post! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

Veronica Leigh
September 10, 2020 5:26 AM

I think in a letter to Cassandra, Jane said something about having to lop and crop P&P for publication. Maybe she had written scenes similar to the aforementioned, or scenes as fascinating, and they’re now lost to history. 🙁

September 10, 2020 1:00 AM

Ha. The reason why P&P is such a fine novel is due the fact that it rigourously hews to Elizabeth’s POV. It’s like a good horror story – you can’t know too much about the demon, the shark has to be hidden by the water to make it frightening. The more you know, the less tension there is. The fact that you are left wanting more, just shows you how excellent a writer Aunt Jane is. She never tells, she always shows, and the implications are in the denouement always clear, if not explicit. It’s simply brilliant.

To ask for more is simply demanding emotional pornography; Austen is too wise, clever, too much a lady for that.. Your imagination always takes you there, where it needs to go, leaves you where you need to be..

It’s like how Emma seems not such a great a hit with women, but to me (a man) is at least as great as P&P .. Emma is the feminine id revealed, she’s her own foil, she’s Darcy and Lizzy rolled into one, struggling with and finally delivering herself.. She surrenders herself to Mr. Knightly, in acknowledgemnt of her own foolishness. It’s as masterful a bit of literary psychology ever written, anywhere. George Knightly is the finest man in any of Aunt Jane’s books, he’s solid, faithful, honorable, loving and strong. He’s her friend before everything else, and she – a girl – is unable to appreciate him. Until the proof is too obvious to deny. That she ultimately recoginzes it, sees it, is the proof of her own wisdom and charracter. I’ve wept several times at the ending of that story, because it’s so beautiful.. It’s Eve and Adam, reconciled.

J. W. Garrett
J. W. Garrett
September 10, 2020 7:56 PM
Reply to  CRC

Beautifully written.

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