At long last, Lizzie was able to corner Jane for some healthy soul-baring sister talk. Plus
cupcakes, because sister talks.
“So this thing happened, Jane…”
“Thing?” Jane munches a cupcake, “What sort of thing?”
“Darcy proposed in a really insulting way, so I refused him”
“Mmrph!” Jane spewed cupcake crumbs over the bedspread. “What?”
“He must feel so bad! Poor man, to confess his feelings in such an unappealing way…”
“What’s worse, is that he wrote me a letter to explain himself and it turns out that Wickham is a total toolbag because he tried to elope with Darcy’s sister, and Darcy may not be that bad of a person after all.”
“Oh goodness. I’m so glad to hear that your opinion of Darcy has changed. I knew he was good at heart! But I’m sure Wickham isn’t all that bad… he’s always very nice. I’m sure there has been some misunderstanding. I know that he’s very kind to animals. He can’t be that bad of a person, can he?”
Lizzie takes a dab of cupcake frosting on her finger.
“Jane, you can’t make them both good. Between the two of them there is only enough goodness for one person, and I’m inclined to believe that person is Mr. Darcy.”
She boops Jane on the nose. Disgruntled, Jane wipes the frosting off in disgust.
“Oh Lizzie-- ”
“So it turns out that one of them got all of the goodness, and the other all of the appearance of goodness.”
“Lizzie, that is unkind. You can’t have been so silly about the letter when you first read it.”
“I wasn’t because it turns out Darcy is actually a really cool guy, and because I was so wrapped up in myself I didn’t realize it. I took everything at face value and now I’m been a complete jerk to him. How I wished you were there, Jane!”
*Insert sisterly hug of comfort here*
After further cupcakes, a promise of locked lips and secrecy, and a brief pillow fight that ended in a tie, Lizzie’s heart finally felt at rest. The Darcy’s secrets had worn on her mind overmuch, and having the opportunity to confide in someone lifted Lizzie’s spirits. Even so, she could not bring herself to tell Jane the role Darcy had played in the Jangley breakup. She resolved to tell Jane of her knowledge only in the unlikely event that Jangley was reunited. No sense in distressing Jane when her sister was clearly OVER Bingley. Mrs. Bennet, however, was not.
“What do you think of this sad business of Jane’s, hmm?”
“I daresay, I’m certainly not going to speak of the matter any longer; I was just telling my sister Mrs. Philips this the other day! And everyone I’ve talked with mentioned that he’s not going to come to Netherfield in the summer. What do you say to that?”
“I do not think he will live at Netherfield any longer.”
Mrs. Bennet pursed her lips. “It is just as he chooses. Nobody wants him to come. I will always say that he has treated my Jane very poorly, and when she dies of a broken heart… then he’ll be sorry for what he has done.”
In that moment, having no idea how to respond, Lizzie had a great desire to learn how to make cricket noises.
“And so,” Mrs. Bennet continued “the Collinses live very comfortably, do they? Well. I only hope it will last. I’m sure Charlotte is an excellent manager—“
“She is indeed, Mama—“
“Well, much good may it do them. I’m sure they often talk about having Longbourne when your father is dead. They look on it as quite their own, I dare say, whenever that happens—“
“I promise, they never discussed the matter in front of me-- ”
Mrs. Bennet sniffed. “It would be very strange if they had! I have no doubt they talk about it often between themselves. Well, if they can be so easy with an estate that is not lawfully their own, so much the better. I would be positively ashamed of having an estate that was only entailed upon me. ASHAMED!”
This week's chapter was written by one of our all-time heroes, Kylie Rose. She's playing Lydia Bennet in our upcoming production.
NEXT WEEK: What Happens in Brighton, Stays In Brighton...right?? Plus, FIELD TRIP TO PEMBERLEY!!
Cupcakes for Rainy Days
Nutella Cheesecake CupcakesPrep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes
Yield: 12 cupcakes
For the topping
Caitlin Lushington is the Co-Artistic Director of the Enso Theatre Ensemble, a teacher, director, and actress. Sometimes she works too hard, sometimes she forgets things, and she strives to put the car keys back in the same place every time. She drinks tea every morning from her TARDIS mug and "Mr. Tea" diffuser. She loves the morning and wishes she had a photographic memory, so she could remember the names of every person she meets.