I'm delighted to say that almost everyone has won at least one extra entry in the Cover Reveal and Launch Giveaway! Claudine has kindly offered to add those extra entries to the Rafflecopter as soon as the link is live, and I'm ever so glad to see she'll probably need my help :) So many good guesses!!
Congrats to the winners, at least one good guess means you have the MYSTERY PRIZE in the bag!!
You'll find more details about it in the Cover Reveal posts. But first, yesterday's quotes and a little bit more about where they came from:
1. "“Oh, I knew it! I knew you would not have the heart to leave us at the mercy of that odious Collins. Dearest Lizzy, how clever of you to refuse him! Who would not exchange Longbourn for Pemberley? How rich, how grand you will be! And your dear husband will set us up safely and comfortably, I am sure. I hope he will overlook my having so disliked him before. Oh, Lizzy, how good of you to set aside your own dislike and agree to have him. How good and sensible, my dear, dear girl. Bless you, my sweet, for this sacrifice!”
The repeated entreaties for the outpourings to cease had no effect, until Elizabeth said with energy:
“Hush, Mamma! He will hear you.” There was no risk of that, in truth. The door was closed, the house sturdily built with thick walls and floors and, surprisingly, her mother was not as shrill as usual. Even more surprisingly, at her now favourite daughter’s admonition she suddenly grew silent, giving Elizabeth the opportunity to continue. “You must not speak again of any of this. Gratitude – sacrifice – dislike. What gentleman wants to hear that his future wife sees the union as a sacrifice? Particularly one of Mr Darcy’s standing.” Who said that? Elizabeth - OPTION B
2. Darcy's patience was to be tested further when Fitzwilliam saw fit to smirk:
“There we are. ‘Tis a fair old while since I last shared a bed with you. Now, while we are on the subject, pray do not imagine I will put up with snuggling, whatever dreams you might be dreaming in this ever so feminine bedchamber. I give you fair warning, I will defend myself if you do not keep your distance.” Who said that? Colonel Fitzwilliam - OPTION A
3. The voice tensed every sinew in his body. Wickham’s reviled voice, speaking softly in a tone of sickeningly-sweet commiseration.
“Forgive my intrusion, but I had to follow once I overheard. If it gives you any comfort, I know how you must feel. Believe me, of all people in this house I know precisely what anguish this must be. But I beg you would not reproach yourself. You had no choice. And everything you did was with good intentions.” Who said that? Mr Wickham - OPTION B
(No pulling the wool over your eyes with that one ;) )
Would you like to have a go at the second round of questions now?
Come on, join in for extra chances to secure the MYSTERY PRIZE and, fingers crossed, win one of the other giveaway prizes too.
For those of you joining us today, welcome! No problem if you missed DAY 1 of the contest, just join in DAY 2 for extra entries in the Cover Reveal and Book Launch Giveaway (you can read more about the giveaway here).
The second round works in the same way: have a look, have a guess and leave your answers in the comment box. Good luck, thanks for taking part and hope you're having fun.
DAY 2: NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!
1. So Mr Darcy and his cousin share a bedchamber - at Longbourn, as you'll probably guess from this paragraph:
A few moments later Fitzwilliam discovered a [....]
“Well, then,” he grinned as he tucked it back where he had found it, “a pity this is not Miss Elizabeth’s bedchamber, otherwise I would have gladly offered you the token.”
A pillow flung forcefully at his head was Darcy’s prompt response to the remark, and a low growl followed:
“Hold your tongue, will you, and just go to bed!”
What do you think Colonel Fitzwilliam discovered?
a. an embroidered handkerchief
b. a sheer nightgown
c. a frilly chemise
2. On the subject of throwing things, there is a scene from much later in the book, when Elizabeth and Mr Darcy are already married:
"Then she was far worse than Lydia, Elizabeth thought grimly, for she had the strongest urge to throw it across the table or, better still, at him. She resisted it. Just as she resisted giving her husband the upbraiding he richly deserved in the presence of the two blank-faced footmen who served their dinner. She wondered in passing if they were so well trained as to remain blank-faced, were they to hear what she had to say."
What do you think Elizabeth would have liked to throw:
a. a napkin
b. a fork
c. a spoon
3. And the last one for today:
"Do rest easy, dear aunt, I have it on excellent authority that some people from the highest circles regard them as godawful.”
“Lizzy! That language!” Mrs Gardiner exclaimed, mildly scandalised. “Your husband will think you were raised in the stables.”
But, far from scandalised himself, Darcy was grinning widely into his cup of tea.
What are they talking about, do you think:
a. lace caps
b. poke bonnets
c. crepe dresses
Thanks for joining in the game and I hope you'll be back tomorrow!