As I read through P&P with the intent of bringing it into the modern world, I read it at a level of detail beyond normal.
Beyond normal? What does that mean?
It means I looked at every word.
Not only did I look at the words Jane Austen wrote, I began thinking about the words she DIDN’T use.
That’s right. What words did she decide NOT to put into P&P?
It’s important, because one thing I’ve learned from this hippest of chicks is that she used every single word with precision. And left them out with an equal amount.
The word for today is: Mother. But not just any mother.
Jane isn’t afraid to talk about mothers all over the place. In fact, the most annoying mother in the world (supposedly) is front and center for the entire book.
For a book centered on mothers, for a book written by a woman, for a book that is the beginning of the “Rom-Com” genre, there’s an interesting hole.
We never learn anything about the mother of Darcy.
We never learn anything about the mother of Wickham.
We know quite a bit more about the fathers. We know for certain that Darcy’s father had a great fondness for Wickham.
Some may say Jane left out these mothers because they aren’t important to the story.
Did I mention that this book is very much about mothers? Did I mention that Jane is (okay, was) a woman? Did I mention that she is quite possibly the best writer to EVER live?
Think about this for a moment.
What if the mother of Darcy …
… And the mother of Wickham …
… Each had a child by the same man?
In other words, Darcy and Wickham are related. They could be half-brothers.
In many ways, this relationship goes a long way to explaining many things that happen behind the scenes. Why was Darcy’s Dad so keen on Wickham? Why did they have such a co-mingled childhood? How was it that Wickham had such easy access to Georgiana?
So, if you’re a P&P enthusiast, enjoy the book one more time with this in mind.
What else could be going on between those covers?