March 18, 2019 by TinyNavajo
These Three Remain (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #3) by Pamela Aidan
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
*Published October 31, 2005*
We are in the final stretch of this trilogy and we start to see the final changes to Darcy’s character to what we see in the final bit of Pride and Prejudice. YES! So much excitement here!
This thrilling conclusion to the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy recounts the climactic events of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from its enigmatic hero’s point of view.
One of the most beloved romantic heroes in all of literature, Fitzwilliam Darcy remains an enigma even to Jane Austen’s most devoted fans. But with this concluding volume in the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy, novelist and Austen aficionada Pamela Aidan at last gives readers the man in full.
These Three Remain follows a humbled Darcy on the journey of self-discovery after Elizabeth Bennet’s rejection of his marriage proposal, in which he endeavors to grow into the kind of gentleman he’s always dreamed of being. Happily, a chance meeting with Elizabeth during a tour of his estate in Derbyshire offers Darcy a new opportunity to press his suit, but his newfound strengths are put to the test by an old nemesis, George Wickham.
Vividly capturing the colorful historical and political milieu of the Regency era, Aidan writes in a style evocative of her literary progenitor, but with a wit and humor very much her own. While staying faithful to the people and events in Austen’s original, she adds her own fascinating cast of characters, weaving a rich tapestry out of Darcy’s past and present that will beguile his admirers anew.
In this final book, we see the final changes wrought through Darcy’s character that change him from the prideful lord of the manor to the man that we, and Elizabeth, all fall in love with at the end of the Pride and Prejudice. But first, we must all suffer through Darcy’s first attempt at wooing and proposing to Elizabeth. *headdesk*
Okay, please tell me I am not the only one who was cringing through Darcy’s first proposal? Just…I had to put Pride and Prejudice down to calm down from second-hand embarrassment. Back to the review!
After this horrid crash and burn, Darcy essentially runs away. From Elizabeth and her scorching words that strike true at his core. He seeks to return to Pemberly and to his sister; to his home where he
believes knows what’s going on. Once home, he is confronted by Georgiana and her questions not only about Elizabeth, but her new ideas for Pemberly as well.
The more Darcy thinks about it through and has his friends and sister talk to him about what an ass he can be, he realizes that Elizabeth may have had a point and he starts to become the man he always imagined him to be. Darcy is also given a second chance to impress Elizabeth when he realizes that she has shown up at Pemberly to tour the grounds with her aunt and uncle. This is cut short though thanks to Darcy’s old enemy, Wickham.
Darcy seeks out Wickham, knowing now that just looking out for his family has lead to disaster for Elizabeth’s family. As he seeks to rectify his past mistakes, he not only saves Elizabeth’s family from shame, but he now has to be connected to Wickham through his debts.
And I’ll stop explaining now, cause if you don’t know what happens after this, then you truly need to read these books! What was my absolute favorite about this specific book was that we can truly see Darcy become the gentleman he always thought himself to be. He grows, he accepts Elizabeth’s criticism and become the person she states he is not. In this, we see Darcy at first reject her words and in turn reject what they could mean to him that they hurt him so much. Once he acknowledges that she may have had some point, he changes. He becomes better. And he does not push his love on Elizabeth either once he meets her again, he’s very careful to respect her boundaries and let me make up her mind herself. What other guy in books or media in general does this? No one that I’ve truly seen, so I love seeing Darcy change and become better and still respect Elizabeth in the way she wants and needs to be.
What is the most positive amount of change you have ever seen in a character? Why were they changing? Comment below and let me know!