Tuesday, 30 June 2009


We meet a lot of Darcy's relatives in Mr Darcy, Vampyre, many of whom have an unsettling attitude to Elizabeth. Is it just because they think she is beneath him or is there another reason?

One of the first people Elizabeth meets is Darcy's cousin, Mme Rousel, who lives in Paris.

At the time of the book, Paris is a city in upheaval. Having endured a turbulent ten years of revolution and war, it is enjoying a brief period of peace with England, but there are unsettling undercurrents everywhere as the peace is not likely to last.

I see Mme Rousel as looking like Madame Recamier, whose famous portrait is on the left. But is she a vampyre or is she not?

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