by Kara Louise, guest blogger and author of Only Mr. Darcy Will Do
Keira invited me here today and gave me a very interesting suggestion for for my guest blog. She asked me to prepare a treasure hunt similar to what Darcy did in my newest book, Only Mr. Darcy Will Do.
In this variation of “Pride and Prejudice,” Elizabeth is forced to become a governess when her father dies. She is governess to a six year-old girl named Emily Willstone and is treated well in this position.
Elizabeth soon discovers that Mrs. Willstone has a long-time acquaintance with Mr. Darcy. Her sister, Rosalyn Matthews, has had a secret affection for him for a long time. Elizabeth can only hope that they will not discover that he once proposed to her, or worse yet, that she turned him down. She feels particularly awkward when he extends an invitation to the family to Pemberley and cannot fathom that he would even want her there.
As she spends time at Pemberley and in Mr. Darcy’s presence, she begins to see a side of him that she had not seen before. He is kind, caring, compassionate, and he loves his sister dearly. She is surprised by his actions on many occasions and the treasure hunt he plans is one of those. I have included below a portion of the book that takes place in the library following the treasure hunt. Elizabeth and Emily had been in there looking for a book on birds that Darcy recommended. When he finds it, Emily hurries off with the book to show her mother, leaving Elizabeth alone with him.
“I would like to thank you, Mr. Darcy, for a very enjoyable afternoon.” The smile on Elizabeth’s face conveyed a hope that she could be in his presence with a degree of equanimity.
“I am pleased you enjoyed it.”
Elizabeth let out a breathy chuckle. “I would not have supposed you interested in planning such a thing as a treasure hunt.”
He raised an eyebrow and he allowed a very slight smile to grace his face. “My father often used a treasure hunt to help me in my studies. The enticement of finding a treasure prompted me on more than one occasion to learn my lessons well. Truth be told, many of the clues we used today were ones that my father used.”
“I believe your father must have been very wise.” Elizabeth let out a genial laugh.
Darcy’s eyes met hers. “Yes, he was. I can only hope to be half as wise as he was.”
Emily suddenly appeared at the door. “Miss Bennet, may we go for a walk and take this book? I want to see if I can find some of these birds.”
Darcy raised an eyebrow at Elizabeth. “It sounds as if someone desires your presence.”
“Hmm, yes. Duty calls.” She turned to her charge. “Emily, that sounds like a splendid idea!”
They walked toward the door, Emily holding protectively onto the book, and Elizabeth hearing Darcy let out a sharp breath.
In Only Mr. Darcy Will Do Elizabeth realizes that as a governess she is now much more decidedly beneath him. When she discovers that she is falling in love with him, she must prepare herself for the fact that he will never renew his offer, and even worse, that he possibility invited the Willstones to Pemberley so he could further his acquaintance with Rosalyn, as Rosalyn hopes and the Willstones suspect.
I have actually made up a real treasure hunt for you all to enjoy, but instead of walking about the grounds of Pemberley (I know you are disappointed), you will have to use the internet. I have prepared several questions about Jane Austen and “Pride and Prejudice” and if you know the answer, you only need to put the answer at the end of the URL I will give you below. If you get the answer right, you will go to the correct page, and there you will find the next clue. If you get it wrong, you will more than likely get an error page.
Question 1) According to “Pride and Prejudice,” which of the Bennet daughters claims that she is the tallest?
- Put the correct answer to the above question at the end of this URL into your web browser: http://www.ahhhs.net/ You can copy and paste it or type it in manually. Then you must add your answer after the forward slash. For example if your correct answer is answer, you will have ahhhs.net/answer.
- Then hit ‘go’ or ‘return.’ I have not used any capital letters. (For example the answer to a question is Darcy, you would have ahhhs.net/darcy.)
- When you have finished the treasure hunt, email me at email@example.com with the correct answer to the final question of the treasure hunt that you were able to guess. Everyone who emails me (no matter how far you get) will be entered in the giveaway. Everyone who completes it will get an extra chance in the giveaway. The first person to email me with the final answer will get 2 entries, and everyone who gets the extra question at the end gets an additional chance. Hope this makes sense! This makes for a lot of chances to win!
Thanks for letting me stop by and I hope you have fun!
Prize - A copy of Only Mr. Darcy Will Do
Additional details - Open to US and CANADIAN readers. Last Day to Enter is April 1, 2011.
PS: For an additional entry - Leave a comment here on LRP about treasure hunts, but do not give away the answers to any of Kara Louise's questions! If you do I will delete your comment.