One of the turning points in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is Miss Elizabeth Bennet's passionate refusal and denunciation of the equally passionate but infinitely more repressed Fitzwilliam Darcy. However,
unforeseen events can lead to the most unexpected consequences.
During a visit with her friend Charlotte Collins at Hunsford, Elizabeth
falls prey to illness for almost the first time in her life just as Mr. Darcy
comes to call. Befuddled by her illness, she misinterprets his proposal of
marriage, and a simple nod of acknowledgment is mistaken for acceptance
of his suit by a joyous Darcy.
By the time Elizabeth regains her health, it seems that every one of her acquaintance - and many outside of it - accept that she is engaged to the last man in the world she would ever consider. Elizabeth knows that her life will be forever changed, and the consequences will spread further than she imagines.
From the author of:
A Most Civil Proposal