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Alternative Endings: Resolved and unresolved. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin-Katherine Pugh

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Alternative Endings: Resolved and unresolved Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin-Katherine Pugh Resolved Ending "Lizzie dear; Lizzie. Come my child, I have something which I think might interest you." Lizzie followed her father into the Library, extremely puzzled as to what her father could want. "Lizzie, I received this letter, earlier today, have you an idea who it might be from?" Lizzie shook her head, and her father began to read the letter aloud to her. "Dear sir, I believe we have never been acquainted with one another. I am Colonel Fitzwilliam, cousin of Mr Darcy, with whom I believe you are quite well acquainted. I am writing to you sir, to ask you permission to marry your 2nd eldest daughter, Miss Elizabeth Bennet who I know and love very well. She does not know of my feelings for her, as we have only met for a brief period when I believe she was staying with her cousin Mr Collins. In this short period, I had grown to love her, but was unable to speak of my feelings at the time. I knew that my cousin too had a high opinion of her at the time, and it would have hurt him, had I revealed my feelings. However, my love for your daughter has not left me, and I believe that should you give permission, and should "Lizzie" accept, we would be very happy together..." Lizzie looked at her father, with happiness in her eyes. "Do you know this man well, Lizzie?" "I was very taken with him, whilst staying with the Collins', but of his love, I never knew." ...read more.

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"Well, Kitty, it looks like you're the last one left. But don't look so downcast, my dear," said Mr Bennet seeing Kitty's tearful face, "I'm sure a young lover will wend his way to you soon enough, even if it takes one or two years. I shall look forward to the occasion when I must give consent for you too." Unresolved Ending "Mrs Bennet, Mrs Bennet, I have just received news of Mr Bingley returning at long last to Netherfield." "Oh! This is good news; he is here to see my dear Jane at long last! I must tell Mr Bennet to call upon him. Well Hill, what are you waiting for? We must have Jane ready, make haste! Mr Bennet! Mr Bennet!" "I have already told you, that I will not wait on Mr Bingley!" Said Mr Bennet, turning his back on her in an exasperated manner. "Last time, you promised me that if I did, one of my daughters would be married off, but still I see, Jane, Lizzie and three of the silliest girls ever born, living here at Longbourn!" "Well, suit yourself! But it will be all your fault when the Collins' turn us out of our own house when you are gone. Then you'll be wishing you'd called on Mr Bingley..." cried Mrs Bennet. Mr Bennet sighed. "My dear, how is it I should know, if I am safe in my grave?" Despite this conflict, Mr Bennet did indeed pay Mr Bingley a visit the following day, and handed an invitation to dine at Longbourn the following evening, though Mrs Bennet was wholly unaware of it. "My dear, I do hope you have ordered a good dinner tonight, for we shall have an extra guest." ...read more.

Conclusion

"Miss Elizabeth, Mr Darcy is here to see you." "What more could that man want?" said Elizabeth, disgusted. "Miss Bennet, I have come to apologise for arranging the marriage between Mr Bingley and Miss Darcy, but with the history of your family, I felt it was for the best." "I cannot forgive..." Mr Darcy held up his hand. "I have also come to tell you, that despite of all this, I still love you, and that you are the sole woman who will make my life happy, so will you do me the honour..." "Mr Darcy, I cannot, and will not forgive you. You say that I am the only woman who will make your life pleasurable, but at the same time you have shattered my dearest sister's hopes, you have publicly humiliated my family, and amongst that paid nothing but insults to my family. Until this evening, my love for you had been steadily growing. I felt sure that should you ask me again, I would readily accept, but you have now destroyed my feelings for you. All I can say is, I want nothing more to do with you! Good day!" Elizabeth stormed off; she did not see Hill running towards her, "Miss Elizabeth, your mother wishes to see you. She is very ill indeed; I fear she won't make the night!" Elizabeth hurried to her mother. Mrs Bennet died later that day, and even Mr Bennet withdrew from his library to comfort the grieving family. "There there. There's no need to cry; after all, she got what she wanted." "What do you mean?" asked Elizabeth, in between Lydia's huge sobs. "Well at least she need not worry about the Collins' turning her out when I am gone!" ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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