Reading Group Guide: Duty and Desire
By Pamela AidanSummary
In Duty and Desire,
Darcy struggles privately with his desire for Elizabeth Bennet but still must fulfill his roles as landlord, master, brother, and friend. This second book of a trilogy covers the "silent time" of Austen's novel, giving greater shape to the personal world of Fitzwilliam Darcy as he deals with his servants, including a valet with aspirations of sartorial triumph; his sister, who is only just emerged from a crippling depression; and his cousins, the squabbling Fitzwilliam brothers. Then, when Darcy pays a visit to an old classmate in an attempt to replace Elizabeth's haunting memory with a more properly suited woman, he is set upon by husband-hunting society ladies and friends, all with designs on him -- some for good and some for ill. He and his Shakespeare-quoting valet, Fletcher, must match wits with them all in order to survive the Season's most gruesome scandal with reputation in tact.
Set vividly against the colorful historical and political background of the time of the Regency, Aidan revisits the events of Pride and Prejudice,
remaining faithful to Jane Austen's beloved characters while introducing her own fascinating cast as she weaves a rich tapestry from Darcy's past and present.
1. Darcy's deep love for Pemberley, his family estate, is echoed by all around him, from neighbors to tenants to relative