Dreams and Expectations (Anglais) Broché – 17 juin 2012
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"[Mr. Collins'} beady eyes examined every feature of the girls' figures minutely as well, returning several times to the two eldest, which induced a distinct feeling in both of being soiled by his gaze."
"[Mr. Collins} was only half concealing what his hands were holding. He dropped one of Elizabeth's undergarments back into the drawer and closed it."
"Mr. Collins moved uncomfortably close to Elizabeth. She tensed and felt a need to move away, but Mr. Collins took hold of her arm in an almost possessive way, preventing her escape. Mr. Wickham unnerved Elizabeth with his leers at her person which, though not quite as obvious as Mr. Collins's had been, were even more disturbing in their intensity. As the two men spoke, Mr. Wickham moved closer until she was trapped between them; she could not move without her body brushing against one or the other. The entire situation was alarming. She tried to back away from the pair, but every time she moved to do so they adjusted their positions, and one or the other would graze against her."
[Lady Catherine],"Ruin [Elizabeth] in every way possible, Wickham!"
"Elizabeth sat on the floor.... Dried blood smeared her bruised face, and someone had stuffed a filthy rag into her mouth as a gag. Her dress was torn, revealing flashes of pale, silken flesh. [Wickham] towered over her, swigging from a liquor bottle held in a blood-stained hand. His free hand gripped her bound wrists."
"[Wickham's] hand wandered licentiously over Elizabeth's figure."
Of all the P&P spinoffs I have bought, this is the only one I regret having read. Actually, the distaste I feel about it goes beyond wanting my money back. I hope to spare somebody else the experience.
Throughout the book I alternated between tears and smiles. Mr Darcy's dream touched my heart and as always I was warmed by the conclusion! As with the original Pride and Prejudice, I was happy to finish the book knowing my favourite characters were safely as expected.
The Darcy/Elizabeth relationship was almost painful to experience as it developed, due to the element of suspense which exists when two people in love with each other are not sure of the other one's feelings.
Wickham, Collins, and Lady Catherine were particularly awful people - I felt they deserved everything that they had coming. Miss Bingley also met with her just desserts. It was a most satisfying read!
P&P purists might think the book goes through a completely different path than the original story and one might say they would not like it, but I usually do not like these kind of books and I did enjoyed Dreams and Expectations after a certain point. Wendi Sotis is able to create a connection between Darcy and Elizabeth that is captivating.
The book starts with Mr. Darcy apologising to Elizabeth about the "tolerable" remark, and they form a friendship from that moment on. After that, the story follows the same path as the original book, but there is also a mystery that follows the story. We end up in the middle of kidnappings, conspiracies, attempts of murder etc. Both Darcy and Elizabeth are involved in it and knowing that both Wickham and Collins are behind everything, try to solve all the mysteries themselves.
I must confess I struggled during the first 20 % of the book and almost gave up because the dialogues and characters do not sound credible. The way they form their friendship is neither natural or believable. For me the author has difficulties in showing how their love might grow, but after you acknowledge they love each other, their relationship becomes quite strong and believable. The author could gain by writing "what if" books starting after the Hunsford proposal, or the Netherfield Ball. Everything before that seems a bit difficult for Wendi Sotis to overcome, in my opinion, of course.
Well, after the reader understands they both love each other, the story becomes interesting, their love is shown as something intense and strong, and it makes us keep reading the book.
I believe the feelings Wendi Sotis is able to create is the best part of the book, the worst part is the path she takes to create those feelings. Again, the beginning is not very good, but after a certain point the book does become quite good. If I were to review only the last 70% of the book, I would have given it a better rating. Overall it's a good book to read.