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Mary B: A Novel: An untold story of Pride and Prejudice

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His parents divorced when he was 7, and he had to take care of his younger siblings while his mother struggled with alcoholism. Mary then travels to Pemberley, where she is rudely accosted by Darcy’s cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and another romance ensues.

There she is given more than a modicum of male attention, something that she has never experienced before. Mary was baptised into the Catholic faith at the Church of the Observant Friars in Greenwich three days after her birth. Her godparents included Lord Chancellor Thomas Wolsey; her great-aunt Catherine, Countess of Devon; and Agnes Howard, Duchess of Norfolk.She possesses neither the beauty of her eldest sister, Jane, nor the high-spirited wit of second-born Lizzy. Religious policy [ edit ] Gold medal showing "Mary I, Queen of England, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith", 1555 Mary by Hans Eworth, 1554. She wouldn't be considered a prize for marriage or ever be a contender for her parent's love, affection, or pride because she would be over-shadowed in entirety by all of her other sisters. Mary inherited estates in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, and was granted Hunsdon and Beaulieu as her own. There is always the larger and more delicious fruit hanging from a higher branch, just out of your grasp, and which might easily be yours, if someone would only lend you the ladder to reach it.

Chen has dipped into Pride and Prejudice to pluck out and celebrate the seemingly most unpromising of the Bennet sisters. But even her fictional creations are no match for the scandal, tragedy, and romance that eventually visit Mary's own life. From 1531, Mary was often sick with irregular menstruation and depression, although it is not clear whether this was caused by stress, puberty or a more deep-seated disease. Cut to spring, 1940: Viann has said goodbye to husband Antoine, who's off to hold the Maginot line against invading Germans.Beneath Mary's plain appearance and bookish demeanor simmers an inner life brimming with passion, humor, and imagination--and a voice that demands to be heard. In giving Mary Bennet a resonant voice of her own, Chen has fashioned a luminous and enlightening novel that will entrance even, or especially, those who have not read Jane Austen’s masterpiece.

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