Kitty’s school was in Queen's Square, Bloomsbury. She decided to go to a particular store that all the schoolgirls liked, and quickly return to school.
"I want rose-pink ribbon. My sister says this is a good color for girls my age. She is Mrs. Darcy of Pemberley, and they have a house in Grosvenor Square." Kitty thought she would get more attention by mentioning the Darcy name. She was correct: the clerk suddenly became very accommodating and helpful, eager to show her more.
"This gold lace is from Belgium – very elegant, perfect for a ball gown for this Season. For you, this lace is only 20 shillings."
Twenty shillings was a week's pay for a curate!
"I shall ask my aunt to get it for me when I next visit her," Kitty said loftily, pretending that 20 shillings was nothing to her. She looked longingly at the lace before getting distracted by other items in the store. While the clerk assembled a selection of ribbons, Kitty touched bolts of fine silks, velvets, and brocades; but it was the one card of gold lace that kept drawing her attention.
The clerk cut her piece of ribbon and wrapped her package. Kitty went to take one last glance at the gold lace. She took her package and returned to her school safe and unmolested.
A few days later, Kitty was in Newgate Prison, charged with grand larceny – a hanging offense.
Honor and Integrity: A Collection of Pride and Prejudice-Inspired Short Stories by Enid Wilson, Aimée Avery, June Williams
What if Mr. Darcy’s mother was still alive? What if the Bennet sisters had suitors who were unacceptable? What if Elizabeth didn't realize Darcy's identity? And what if three authors of Jane Austen-inspired stories put their heads together and challenged each other with creating stories which contain the words ‘honor’ or ‘integrity’?
This collection of nine short stories contains sweet, romantic and intriguing stories across Regency, fantasy and modern genres.
You can find steampunk, deception, manipulation, theft, murder, love, marriage, coffee and many more themes in this volume.