Friday, August 1, 2014

Marrying Mr. Darcy: the game

My name is Jane Bennet, and I did not marry Mr. Darcy.

In fact, my dear younger sister Elizabeth immediately accepted Mr. Darcy's first proposal. But she was soon thereafter caught in an unchaperoned situation with the devious--I mean, dear--Mr. Wickham, whom she then married, because of course we all know how feisty Elizabeth is, and Mr. Darcy really oughtn't have insulted her with such an improper and insulting proposal in the first place. Of course, after she took to calling Charlotte her sister instead of me (even stealing Charlotte's bonnet!), I find myself wishing her a very long marriage with her new husband.

I must admit that I had my hopes set on the sweet Mr. Bingsley myself, but as you know, I'm getting older, and when Mr. Bingsley left town I settled with the quite reasonable Mr. Denny, who as a good friend of my Dear New Brother-in-law Mr. Wickham was willing to gamble with me at cards (I have quite a fondness for gambling; many people do not know this about me.)

Meanwhile, dear Charlotte settled down with Mr. Collins, for although she did not at first love him, they both soon discovered their mutual delight in closets, and have decorated their home with the most marvelous and fascinating closets that a person interested in closets could imagine (I do not judge; a woman must find common ground with her husband where she can).

Georgiana, that prideful sister of Mr. Darcy's, who become quite our rival after Elizabeth broke the engagement with Mr. Darcy to elope with Mr. Wickham, ended up as an old maid, and I surely wouldn't claim that she deserved such a thing, for it would be in poor manners to do so. Besides, from what I hear, her aunt and uncle have taken her under their wing, and her substantial dowry is more than enough to keep her cared for.

Lady Laura, whom you may not remember from my sister's tales, married Mr. Darcy in turn, and of all of us ladies seemed the most successful in her marriage pursuits. (Kickstarter backers got cards of themselves.)

(In case you're wondering, this alternate timeline is courtesy of the card game Marrying Mr. Darcy, which as you can tell I quite enjoyed. It's cute, humorous, and easy to play; probably not the most balanced game in the world, but the concept is adorable and it'll delight most Jane Austen fans. Plus, there's an Undead Expansion option [which I have not had the chance to play], for fans of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.)

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