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Longbourn
Longbourn | Jo Baker
Pride and Prejudice was only half the story If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, shed most likely be a sight more careful with them. In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended. Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austens classicinto the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Warsand, in doing so, creates a vivid, fascinating, fully realized world that is wholly her own.This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 16: Bingley and Darcy are back! Which also means Tol is back. Tol ❤️ Sarah but Sarah ❤️ James, so Tol is invisible. Polly blames herself for James leaving. Basically, everyone but Bingley and Jane are miserable. #unmitigatedass #jaaaames #pemberlittens #chapteraday #shortchapterssuck

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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 15: Mrs Hill calls out Mr Bennet for not being as supportive of James #youtellhim #beabetterhuman #notafanofmrbennetorshortchapters #wheresjames #jaaaaaaames #pemberlittens #chapteraday

julieclair I‘m so proud of Mrs. Hill. And…. these short chapters are killing me! 2d
CoffeeNBooks And Mrs. Hill also calls him out for not treating Mrs. Bennet with respect, if I read that part correctly? 2d
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 14: Wickham is back, but he seems to be behaving himself…. Until he suggests bringing Polly to Newcastle with them 🙄🙄🙄 #hellno #creeper #stayawayfromPolly #runPollyrun #jaaaaaaaames #pemberlittens #chapteraday

julieclair Ugh. Wickham. Such a creep. 3d
SarahBookInterrupted I‘ve read this book before but completely forgot Wickham suggested that. He is a real villain. 3d
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BarkingMadRun @SarahBookInterrupted he‘s the worst!! 3d
CoffeeNBooks Uggh. Wickham is so creepy! 2d
Vansa What struck me was how.....matter of fact the writing about this was. It must have been so difficult for women in service- still is, I'm sure. Should Mrs Hill and Sarah have spoken to Polly and warned her? What do people think? Of course,this wasn't a time when people spoke of sexual abuse- not like my mother ever sat me down and told me anything! 2d
Bklover @Vansa I wondered the same thing. At least she‘d know to try to avoid him. 2d
BarkingMadRun @Vansa I totally agree, it‘s almost like they all knew it could happen and all they could do was try and keep them away from each other. They never said a word to Polly 2d
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 13: Lydia is married, everything is back to normal, and Wickham will never come back 🙄 #foreshadowing #hescomingback #hidePolly #whatatrainwreck #shortchaptersarekillingme #jaaaaaaames #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CoffeeNBooks Mr. Hill doesn't need all that money, he just wants some wine and parmesan for himself and Mrs. Hill. 😁 Poor Sarah, everyone will soon forget James was ever there. 😢 4d
julieclair @CoffeeNBooks Isn‘t it amazing how little Mr. Hill would need to feel “rich”? He‘s a good example of the concept of “having enough”. 4d
BarkingMadRun @julieclair @CoffeeNBooks I know! Sweet Mr Hill! 4d
CrowCAH Hopefully they never see Wickham again! 3d
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 12: Mr Bennet is back without Lydia and everyone is in an uproar. Sarah wants to go find James but Mrs Hill convinces her to stay…… #mrbennetcaneathisapology #toolittletoolate #poorsarah #comehomejames #wickhambetternottouchpolly #thesechaptersaretooshort #enoughisenough #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CoffeeNBooks And NOW Mr. Bennett wants to be nice to Mrs. Hill and have her hold his hand?! 🙄 I love your hashtags! 🤣 4d
BarkingMadRun @CoffeeNBooks I knowwwwww I was so mad! Go gold your wife‘s hand, ya jerk! You had your chance! (edited) 4d
Bklover I did love Mrs Hill‘s speech to Sarah that began with “Don‘t be so bloody stupid!” A very telling speech that shows the pain that Mrs Hill has suffered. 4d
BarkingMadRun @Bklover definitely! And she really cares about Sarah! 4d
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 11: Colonel Forster arrives with bad news, Mrs Hill becomes the latest victim of the Post Mistress, and Sarah asks the colonel if he‘s seen James….. #ihatethatpostmistress #colonelforstertoo #bullies #poorsarah #poormrshill #lydiaandwickham #rosemary #pemberlittens #shortchapters #chapteraday #wheresjames #tellusalready

CoffeeNBooks Poor Sarah, she finally worked up the nerve to ask Colonel Forster about James, and he was so rude to her about it. 5d
Vansa I found this excellent writing- seems perfectly in character for a colonel to not exhibit the slightest courtesy towards someone he considers his social inferior. 2d
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 10: Jane sends Sarah to the post office with a letter to Lizzy, and Sarah asks if there are any letters for her…. #hatethatPOlady #sorude #bekind #poorsarah #pemberlittens #chapteraday #shortestchaptersever #letsgetthisstorymoving

CrowCAH Sarah is so hopeful! 7d
Bklover @CrowCAH Yes! And that she had the courage to ask. 7d
julieclair I feel like with every chapter, my comment is always the same. #poorSarah 6d
CoffeeNBooks @julieclair I agree, I just keep wanting to say, poor Sarah. And to be laughed at for even asking if there was anything for her. 😢 6d
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 9: a letter arrives Express in the middle of the night, and Sarah hopes it‘s from James #itsnot #lydiaandwickham #poorlydia #mrsbennetswooning #poorsarah #comehomejames #pemberlittens #chapteraday #shortchaptersallweek

julieclair Poor Sarah. 1w
CoffeeNBooks I'm glad for Mrs. Hill that the letter wasn't about James- I think she thought the worst. But so sad for Sarah that she hasn't heard anything from him or about him. 1w
Bklover Still loving the hashtags ### 1w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 8: the Gardiners take Lizzy on vacay and leave the kids with the Bennets, which means more work for Sarah and Mrs Hill #shortestchapterever #nothinggoodhappened #wheresJames #letsgo #pemberlittens #chapteraday

SarahBookInterrupted I love this chapter because I never really thought about the kids being dropped off and how it affected the Bennet household. I was consumed in Lizzy‘s trip. 1w
BarkingMadRun @SarahBookInterrupted yes! All I thought about was Lizzy on the peaks, I never really thought about extra work for the staff. They only ever mention Jane 1w
CrowCAH Same. I was with Lizzy, not back at Longbourn. 1w
julieclair @SarahBookInterrupted I agree! In fact, I feel that way about the entire book. Reading the “downstairs” version has been an education. 1w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 7: Sarah and Mrs Hill talk about James and then Sarah takes Polly to see where Sarah was born… #shortchapters #nobabyjamesontheway #pemberlittens #chapteraday

Vansa This was a rather sad chapter but very well written about women's burdens 1w
julieclair I think it‘s a good thing that there is #nobabyjamesontheway. But I do believe James will come back. He just has to. We surely couldn‘t be left with such a depressing ending, could we? 1w
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julieclair Great picture. If walls could talk… 1w
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I was thinking the same thing, but if it‘s in true Jane Austen fashion, it won‘t be resolved until the last minute 🤣🤣 1w
Bklover Busy weekend and fell behind. Just got caught up. I‘m with @julieclair - James has to come back! 1w
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melissajayne
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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#bookreport
Finished two books this past week

#weeklyforecast
📚Still working my way through Longbourn for the #pemberlittens readalong and A Promised Land
📚 Started Where the Crawdads Sing and am almost finished; very engrossing
📚Will pick up Booth this week
📚Need to start Good Neighbors for my library book meeting on the 10th
📚Will also start my #lpmbc closer to the end of the week or whenever I get it

Cinfhen Great progress! 1w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 6: Lydia‘s letters to the fam arrive, giving Sarah the idea of asking Elizabeth to enquire after James…. #smithnotmrsmith #upstairsdownstairs #justafootman #sigh #pemberlittens #chapteraday

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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 5: everyone knows James is gone and Mr Bennet refuses to search for him #whoistherealbastard #whatajerk #theydidthemath #theyknowhedeserted #poorJames #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CoffeeNBooks I don't understand why Mr. Bennet won't at least inquire about James' whereabouts. I feel like if it was anyone else who worked for him, he would. 2w
BarkingMadRun @CoffeeNBooks I know! It‘s so obnoxious, I don‘t think anyone cares about his reputation as much as he thinks they do 🙄 2w
CrowCAH I feel it‘s in total Mr. Bennet fashion to let others make their own mistakes and not care what happens in the end. Lizzy warns him about Lydia, yet he doesn‘t do anything to stop her going. 2w
Vansa @CrowCAH very true. Baker has cleverly used only characterisation already set up P&P to fashion an alternate story. You're so right about it very much being in keeping with his nature to respond that way to Mrs.Hill 2w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 4: James spends a little time on a trade ship before heading back home….. #pemberlittens #chapteraday #nottooexciting #whatcomesnext #comebackJames

CrowCAH I wonder what it would be like to live in the age of sail and have a tall ship be the major mode of transportation for overseas travel. The amount of sailors to run a ship smoothly astounds me. It doesn‘t seem like that many men can easily inhabit a small space without coming to blows. 2w
BarkingMadRun @CrowCAH I totally agree! Too many people in too small of a space for sure 2w
julieclair It‘s so interesting to think that so many of our ancestors probably immigrated to America, Canada or Australia in ships like these. 2w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 3: now we know where the shells came from! #poorjames #pemberlittens #chapteraday

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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 2: my heart breaks for James! I‘m finding it harder and harder to stop at the end of the chapter!! #iknewhewouldntgoawol #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CoffeeNBooks This was a tough chapter to read, with everything James went through. 😢 2w
CrowCAH It is a very engaging and emotional book! 2w
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julieclair I love that you found a picture of his uniform. It looks so beautiful, when it‘s not spattered with mud (and worse) and worn threadbare, the way James‘ was by the end of this chapter. What an emotional ride this chapter was. Such sad times for so many. War is hell. 2w
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I definitely wanted to see what it looked like, especially since he has to tell his fellow soldiers that he was in fact a British soldier! Feels like poor thinking on their army‘s part! 2w
BarkingMadRun @CoffeeNBooks I was stressed the.whole.time. Poor James! To be punished for something he didn‘t even do! 2w
julieclair @BarkingMadRun I agree about the poor thinking, especially since the French are usually in blue, aren‘t they? 2w
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Vansa
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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What a lovely way to describe human desire. #Pemberlittens #Longbourn

Karons1 Oohh I loved 🥰 that book 📖 enjoy ☺️ 2w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 1: are.you.kidding.me. Poor Mrs Hill! #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CoffeeNBooks Oh! 😳 Ohhhh, it all makes sense now. Mrs. Hill's familiarity with Mr. Bennet, the argument Sarah overheard between them.... I did not expect this plot twist at all! 2w
BarkingMadRun @CoffeeNBooks me either! My chin was on the floor! 2w
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peanutnine I kinda had a feeling about Mrs Hill but not Mr Bennet's involvement 😳 I literally gasped during my lunch break and got some stares lol 2w
julieclair Talk about a shocker! And I agree, @CoffeeNBooks , it all makes sense now. 2w
Vansa This book does not pull it's punches at all, in detailing the constant danger women in service are in 2w
Bklover I guess I had a strange picture of Mrs Hill as I had been thinking she was somehow his mother! 2w
BarkingMadRun @Bklover it wouldn‘t have surprised me lol 2w
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Vansa
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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This is a rather unfair sentence.Jane Austen herself, for instance,never married.If she had related this to privilege,that would make more sense.What it is to be privileged enough,as a woman in the Regency(or indeed,even now)to have independent means of income and not rely on a man.

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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 14…. Lydia is going to Brighton and one last party brings Wickham to the house. He approaches Polly, James approaches him, and all hell breaks loose! And now James is gone…… again?!? #whattheheckMrsHill #jamessmithisjameshill #neversawthatcoming #comebackjames #wickhamsucks #pemberlittens #chapteraday

Ruthiella That baby!❤️🤣 2w
BarkingMadRun @Ruthiella so cute, right?!? I didn‘t want to post another pic of Wickham 🤣🤣 2w
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CoffeeNBooks Uggh. Wickham. He's so vile. 😠 Poor James and Sarah. 2w
DebinHawaii Damn Wickham! 🤬 2w
julieclair I feel so sorry for James. And for Sarah. But I‘m proud of James for saving Polly, especially considering all he had to lose. 2w
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melissajayne
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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#bookreport Finished The Giver of Stars for #lmpbc and will put it in the mail on Tuesday.

#weeklyforecast
📚Am almost finished The Duke and I and should be done in a day or two
📚Continuing with the #pemberlittens #readalong for Longbourn
📚Am picking my way through A Promised Land; hope to get Pt. 3 done this week
📚Will be starting to work on Booth a bit more this week
📚I will be starting Where the Crawdads Sing this week

Cinfhen Looking good 😊 Hope you‘re feeling well!! 2w
melissajayne @Cinfhen my radiation treatments are starting to catch up with me, as I am starting to feel much more tired than I did at the start. But I have 9 more treatments left and I will be done my acute cancer treatments on Aug 5 (Aug 1 is a stat holiday here in BC & they don‘t do radiation treatments on stats) 2w
Cinfhen Good luck 🍀🙏🏼I‘ll be keeping you in my thoughts and sending you good vibes for health and energy 💚 2w
melissajayne @Cinfhen Thanks 😄 2w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 13: Sarah gets to accompany Elizabeth to Kent by way of London, which is not at all what she thought it would be. #sarahmissesjames #jamesmissessarah #theyresocute #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CrowCAH I often wonder the same for visiting places. Do we expect too much to then have our perception dashed? 2w
julieclair So amazing to think of London as a disappointment! But the description of the noise, the smells & the crowds really don't sound very appealing. 2w
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BarkingMadRun @crowcah @julieclair I felt so bad for her, but the description didn‘t sound so great to me. 2w
Bklover @julieclair I agree! I think the smells alone would keep me out in the country! 2w
Sparklemn @CrowCAH I've read that much of someone's enjoyment with traveling is the anticipation more so than the actual experience. I've experienced this. 1w
CrowCAH @Sparklemn I agree with that too. The preparations are sometimes more exciting than the actual event. 1w
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i.besteph
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Sorry #pemberlittens this book just wasn‘t it. I mostly stay away from Austen reimaginations because they either stray away from the plot or modernize it too much that it barely fits the time.
This was the latter.

I liked the plot line but i couldn‘t stand the pace. Also as i read further, Sarah just got on my nerves. She‘s whiny and extremely impulsive. Not my cup of tea.

Rating: 2/5

MoonWitch94 TBH, I nearly bailed during Part 1; it was drawn out, TMI descriptions of bodily fluids & ailments, gross things. But once the story started moving in Part 2–I was able to hang in. Sarah is SO whinny, and I really didn‘t like the author‘s continual use of the slur to refer to Plotemy. So I totally get your feelings. 3w
BarkingMadRun I totally get it! Not every book is for everyone! 3w
i.besteph @MoonWitch94 hahaha yesss the bodily fluids 🤢🤢 2w
i.besteph @BarkingMadRun thanks 🫣😅 2w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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MoonWitch94 He is vile. This chapter made me so mad. Get out of Mrs. Hill‘s kitchen! 3w
BarkingMadRun @MoonWitch94 I agree! And she seems to be so clueless, only Sarah and James seem to suspect anything! 3w
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MoonWitch94 @BarkingMadRun I felt the terror James felt when he realized he was with Polly. That scene was written really well. Oh James! Such a kind, sweet soul. I have a feeling that whatever his story is, it‘s not as bad as he feels it is. I just want to hug him. (Like Sarah does) 3w
BarkingMadRun @MoonWitch94 I agree, I am beginning to think that he was whipped for defending someone or something along those lines! 3w
CoffeeNBooks @MoonWitch94 I agree! I can't believe he took it upon himself to just casually saunter into Mrs. Hill's kitchen. @BarkingMadRun It's driving me crazy that no one else other than James and Sarah seems to be the least bit suspicious of him. 3w
MoonWitch94 @CoffeeNBooks THE NERVE of Wickham! And it is bizarre to me that only the two of them see it. Although, I suppose in their era it was perhaps seen as distasteful to be suspicious of someone like him? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
julieclair @BarkingMadRun That is a good theory as to why James was whipped. 3w
CrowCAH I just love a man in uniform; red is so becoming!!! 3w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 11: Mrs Hill is sucking up to Charlotte, and makes her a reticule as a wedding gift. Sarah takes a crazy next step with James….. #poorJames #wherearethescarsfrom #pemberlittens #chapteraday

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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 10…. And it‘s Advent…. Mr Collins proposes to Charlotte, Sarah makes eyes at James, Wickham makes eyes at everyone, and it getting way too close to Polly… and to James #somuchmystery #wickhamisacreeper #runPollyrun #ptolemywho #pemberlittens #chapteraday

SarahBookInterrupted Wickham is so creepy. He always was but so much more obvious in this book. 3w
BarkingMadRun @SarahBookInterrupted I agree, too many peeks behind the scenes at him 🤮 3w
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MoonWitch94 Run Polly! He‘s so creepy. The creepy way he touches her cheek & then pays her 🤯😳😠😵‍💫🤮 3w
julieclair I'm worried that Sarah is too naive to really see the danger that Wickham could pose to Polly. 3w
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I was thinking the same thing, and it‘s so troublesome. Nobody is really watching out for her, they don‘t see the danger! 3w
julieclair @BarkingMadRun Maybe James will come to the rescue. 3w
BarkingMadRun @julieclair 😍James😍 3w
julieclair Ditto!! 3w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 9: Sarah and her wooden box go on a little adventure… but end up back at Longbourne. #jamesandsarahsittinginatree #actuallyitwastheroad #therewasstillkissing #poorjames #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CrowCAH Haven‘t we all as kids gotten to the end of the block only to find ourselves returning home for various reasons. This was a beautifully crafted scene, very vivid. 3w
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CoffeeNBooks I think this is a turning point for Sarah. I think what James said made sense to her and she realized she couldn't go running to Ptolemy. I think she also realized that James cares about her. I'm still curious about why he wants to stay so reserved, but based on their smiles to each other the next morning, maybe that is changing. 3w
BarkingMadRun @CoffeeNBooks the mystery of James is so intriguing, all these little peeks are killing me lol I can‘t wait to find out what it is! 3w
julieclair James is indeed intriguing! The seashells, the pain, the fear of soldiers. But he definitely loves Sarah. I‘m glad he intervened and helped her see that running away to London was not a good plan. 3w
MoonWitch94 @CoffeeNBooks I absolutely agree with you. Things have absolutely shifted for our girl Sarah. 3w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 8: my head is reeling from this one! Everyone is hungover 🍷 Lizzie turns down Mr Collins, the soldiers are visiting, and The Bingleys are leaving. And just when you think it can‘t get worse…. #wickhamisapig #stayawayfromPolly #runPollyrun #somuchdrama #jameswilbethrilled #pemberlittens #chapteraday

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Vansa
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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#Pemberlittens this book is quite devastating. I've never quite thought of hunger that way

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CrowCAH
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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#PemberLittens

Recently for the #Longbourn buddy read we discussed shoe bows/flowers/adornments.

These are my RenFest boots and I added some artificial flowers to them! ☺️

DivineDiana Pretty! 💙 3w
BarkingMadRun Yesssss 🌹 💙 3w
Vansa I'm doing this buddy read too, am I not being tagged on posts? I seem to have missed this discussion completely! 3w
CrowCAH @Vansa oh no, it‘s fixable! @BarkingMadRun can you please start tagging @Vansa in the Longbourn daily posts? Thanks! 3w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 7: Sarah, full of 🍷, decides to dash over to Netherfield to watch the Ball, and meets up with Tol and his flask of rum….. #thiscannotendwell #mrsHillwillfreakout #peepingsarah #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CrowCAH Run the drink of pirates 🏴‍☠️!!! And a favorite of mine ☺️ I‘m glad she snuck over to see the ballgowns and festivities! 3w
BarkingMadRun @CrowCAH I‘m a rum drinker as well! 3w
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julieclair Your hashtags! 😂 I am with you on #thiscannotendwell, and #mrshillwillfreakout. 3w
julieclair I loved how Sarah realized they‘re all the same old boring people talking about the same old boring topics. Such a small, closed society. 3w
BarkingMadRun @julieclair yes! I hope it helped her feel a little better about her own life! #myhashtaggameisstrong 3w
julieclair @BarkingMadRun 😂 Indeed it is! 3w
CoffeeNBooks @julieclair I agree about Sarah's realization about the same old boring people! 3w
CoffeeNBooks But, forbidden walk to Netherfield + "spying" + Ptolemy + rum and cigarettes= ? I'm curious to see how this plays out. 3w
BarkingMadRun @CoffeeNBooks I know! So mean to stop the chapter there!! 3w
julieclair @CoffeeNBooks Yes! Our Sarah is taking a walk on the wild side! 3w
Bklover No new comments to add- #Imhereforthehashtags. 3w
BarkingMadRun @Bklover 🤣🤣🤣 3w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 6: the Bennets are off to the Ball and Sarah is having a pity party 🍷 #mrshillisnthelping #pemberlittens #chapteraday #shortchapters

CrowCAH I don‘t blame her for being jealous. That has to be tough to be in a position of service and never have the leisure to attend gaiety like that. 4w
BarkingMadRun @CrowCAH I totally agree 4w
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TheBookHippie Gotta love a good pity party 🤣. 4w
BarkingMadRun @TheBookHippie especially when it involves drinking allllll the wine 🍷 4w
CoffeeNBooks I'm not sure Mrs. Hill is teaching Sarah the "lesson" she's trying to teach her for her supposed misbehaving. I feel bad for Sarah being stuck there by herself waiting for the Bennets to return. Although, maybe Mrs. Hill knows she and Mr. Hill are getting older, and she's preparing Sarah to take over. 4w
TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRun I so agree. 🍷🍷🍷 4w
Ruthiella @CoffeeNBooks I think you are right about Mrs. Hill trying to train Sarah for the future. I think she senses her potential. 4w
julieclair @TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRun I love how Sarah had only one glass of each type of wine, so that it wouldn‘t be obvious some had been drunk. Sounds like having a wine flight! She was ahead of the trend… by 200 years or so. 😂 3w
julieclair What beautiful (and labor intensive) embroidery work. 3w
Sparklemn @julieclair @barkingmadrun That really is beautiful embroidery. I wish I had the patience, talent and time to make something like that. 2w
julieclair @sparklemn I agree. I‘d love to make something that beautiful. 2w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 5: the Bennet girls are avoiding Mr Collins, prepping for the Netherfield Ball, and realize they need shoe roses. Since it‘s raining, Sarah has to go…… #poorSarah #nobodycaresaboutyourshoes #ptolemysighting #poorJames #bepatient #thebingleysleavesoonanyway #pemberlittens #chapteraday #parttwo

CrowCAH We should bring back the shoe roses; add some bling! 4w
CoffeeNBooks Poor Sarah having to go get the shoe roses in the rain. 😕 At least she was able to get a ride back with Ptolemy. Had James been watching for her the entire time, or did he just happen to be out there when she returned? 4w
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julieclair I feel so sorry for James. He really has it bad for Sarah. And @CrowCAH I agree! Shoe roses would be a fun fashion accessory! Thanks for showing us what they look like, @BarkingMadRun . 😁🌹 4w
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I was curious as to what they looked like as well! So important that Sarah had to go into town in the rain! 4w
SarahBookInterrupted @BarkingMadRun yes, I always wondered what a shoe rose looked like but never took the time to put down my book and look it up. They are bigger then I imagined. (edited) 4w
MoonWitch94 @julieclair I agree! I do feel so sorry for James. While I like the dynamics between Sarah & Tol, I feel for James. 4w
BarkingMadRun @MoonWitch94 I feel that in my soul! Poor James, but also loving Sarah and Tol 4w
MoonWitch94 @BarkingMadRun It‘s so tough! 😩 4w
julieclair @MoonWitch94 @BarkingMadRun My gut tells me that James will win out in the end. I think Tol is a great guy, but I don‘t think think he is taking Sarah as seriously as she takes him. 3w
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I thought the same, mostly because we know the Bingleys never planned to live there forever. For him, this is harmless flirting 3w
julieclair @BarkingMadRun I actually wondered if Tol will even stay with the Bingleys. Now that he‘s in England, he‘s a free man. I‘m thinking he might strike out on his own. (edited) 3w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 4: Mrs Hill tells Sarah to stay away from Tol, and Mr Collins grills her about Elizabeth. All in all, a very excellent day for Sarah 🙄💩 #worstjobever #pemberlittens #chapteraday

MoonWitch94 Poor Sarah 🤦🏻‍♀️ She‘s having a time! 4w
CrowCAH She should stay away from Collins!!! 4w
CoffeeNBooks Wow, Collins- saying the Bennet daughters have been brought up to be of no practical use to themselves or anybody else?! 😳 And to question Sarah about it, and about Elizabeth? Poor Sarah- her lot in life right now is just sad. 4w
Sparklemn I loved Sarah (correctly) thinking that Mary was much better suited for him. The servants understand the family more than the family may know. 2w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 2: did this chapter remind anyone else of this? At least this one was happier until Mrs Hill showed up….. #busted #poorjames #sarahandptolemy #troubleahead #pemberlittens #chapteraday

MoonWitch94 I laughed reading the part where Mrs. Hill comes flying down to them 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️ It was such a visual. Poor Sarah, just trying to have a bit of fun. 4w
BarkingMadRun @MoonWitch94 I know! She isn‘t helping anything, trying to keep them apart, it‘s only going to push them together! 4w
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MoonWitch94 @BarkingMadRun I want her to see him more, just to piss Hill off 🤣😂🤣😂 How very 20th century thinking of me. 4w
BarkingMadRun @MoonWitch94 yesssss 🤣🤣 4w
CoffeeNBooks Poor Sarah! I wonder if Mrs. Hill is going to try even harder now to keep Sarah and Ptolemy from seeing each other. 4w
julieclair I‘m worried Ptolemy is a bit too worldly for Sarah. But then, so is James. Sarah is so sweet and innocent! 4w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 2: James still doesn‘t make eye contact with the militia, and seemed to dislike one in particular. I can‘t wait to find out the connection! #pemberlittens #chapteraday #shortchapters #thesuspenseiskillingme #ihopeitwilllast

CrowCAH He‘s right to be mistrustful of Wickham, the cad! Lol 1mo
BarkingMadRun @CrowCAH right?!? 1mo
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MoonWitch94 It‘s an interesting mystery. 1mo
Ruthiella @MoonWitch94 Ooh! I wonder if it‘s Wickham! 1mo
julieclair @Ruthiella Wickham! It must be! @CrowCAH Yes, he‘s the definition of a cad! This is getting interesting… 1mo
melissajayne Could I be tagged in future posts? 1mo
MoonWitch94 @Ruthiella it MUST be! 4w
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AllDebooks
Longbourn | Jo Baker
Bailedbailed

I just can't engage with this story or characters. I'm out.

Caroline2 Same. I bailed too. So disappointed. 😒 1mo
AllDebooks @Caroline2 it really was. I found myself frustrated and irritated with the Bennetts, which I didn't like 1mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 1: Mr Collins arrives and we get a peek at what a lovely man Mr Bennet is 🙄🙄 and a peek at how James feels about life and love. #mrbennetisanass #soismrcollins #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CrowCAH Nothing like an odious man coming for a visit! 1mo
peanutnine I hate how Mr Bennett treats Mrs Hill with no respect. Everything is a joke to him 1mo
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BarkingMadRun @peanutnine yes! I was really angry! 1mo
Bklover Yes- Mr Bennet was just plain mean to her 1mo
MoonWitch94 Mr. Bennett is a pompous dick in this novel! 😵‍💫 #isaidwhatisaid 🤪 1mo
BarkingMadRun Lol @MoonWitch94 I totally agree! He wasn‘t an ideal human in P&P but this is so much worse 1mo
CoffeeNBooks I was so surprised by Mr. Bennet's treatment of Mrs. Hill, especially since we've just previously read that Mrs. Bennett wanted her to speak to him about new dresses for the Bennet ladies. I had assumed maybe he and Mrs. Hill were on good terms. And James... hmm, what is this danger that he's referring to that might sneak up in him? Where was he before that his meals were as he described? And why does he have the opinions he does of love? 1mo
julieclair @CoffeeNBooks I agree… lots of intriguing questions about James. A man with a past, for sure. And he is definitely worried about the militia. 1mo
Sparklemn @BarkingMadRun @moonwitch94 I thought of Mr Bennett more as a doormat than a dick in the movies. (Can't remember how I felt about him in the book as it's been a while since I read it). “Tick tock, Mrs. Hill. Tick Tock.“ What a jerk. 3w
MoonWitch94 @Sparklemn I saw him as a doormat in the novel, but indifferent in the movies. But such a jerk here. It‘s so interesting how every adaptation of classic characters shifts & changes. 3w
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 11: Jane is sick and gets plenty of attention, Sarah is sick and is left pretty much alone until she recovers. James Freya over her, but she has no clue. And then there‘s Ptolemy….
We are moving in to Volume 2 tomorrow, which starts with a chapter 1. Just a heads up! #pemberlittens #chapteraday

Clare-Dragonfly I loved Ptolemy! (I read this years ago so I‘m not rereading it now, but I enjoyed your posts for Tenant so much that I am following along here too 😁) 1mo
BarkingMadRun @Clare-Dragonfly 🥰🥰 1mo
MoonWitch94 I really like him, too @Clare-Dragonfly 1mo
MoonWitch94 I‘m so over Mrs. Hill‘s internally referencing Ptolemy as that slur. It‘s really irritating me & I don‘t think it was necessary for the author to keep repeating it over & over & over. It wasn‘t necessary, and the sentiment could‘ve been conveyed without it. Anyone else agree? 1mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 9: the militia is here, which has James a little worried, and Sarah wonders why. Obviously, he‘s a murderer 🤣 so she decided to spy on him and crack the case! #youdbedeadalready #maybehesAWOL #mystery #pemberlittens #chapteraday

BarkingMadRun I can‘t wait to see what Sarah thinks of Mr Collins 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
CrowCAH Yes, everyone‘s mind immediately goes to a murderer! Lol Could he have been in the military?! 1mo
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julieclair Maybe James ended up in the wrong book, and really belongs in a cozy mystery. #murderbyseashell 😂 1mo
julieclair I agree with @CrowCAH that he must have been in the military at some point, and @BarkingMadRun may have figured it out, #AWOL. We may find out soon, when the Bennets invite the officers to dinner. He will have serve them at table. 1mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair 🤣🤣🤣🐚🐚🐚 1mo
CoffeeNBooks @julieclair 🤣😂🤣 1mo
Bklover @julieclair 😂😂😂 1mo
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AllDebooks
Longbourn | Jo Baker

Euuurrrgggh, I've tried so hard with this, but am not enjoying it all. I'm going to leave off and come back to it if intrigued by #pemberlittens posts. If not, I'll bail.

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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 8: James drives the carriage for the first time, and everyone has thoughts and feelings about it #terriblepicture #mygoogledearchfailedme #jamesandsarahsittinginatree #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CoffeeNBooks I'm even more curious about James' story now- he seems to imply that this is a second chance he didn't expect to get. The smells remind him of home. Where is home? He needs to keep his head down and draw no attention to himself, and definitely not look at Sarah. He is more relaxed here than he had been in the past, when he had to be "painfully alert, on his toes." I really wonder what that's all about. 1mo
BarkingMadRun @CoffeeNBooks I love that we are getting it a little at a time, keeps us jumping 1mo
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CrowCAH I thought he drove the carriage well. Though a bit above his station maybe. 1mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair 🤷🏻‍♀️ I call em like I see em 🤣🤣 1mo
Sparklemn I was wondering if he‘ll turn out to be from one of the upper classes and had some sort of fall from grace. 1mo
BarkingMadRun @Sparklemn ohhhhhh I like that theory 1mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 7: Sarah helps Jane and Elizabeth get dressed, blisters and all, and they give Sarah one of their dresses for her next dance…. #sarahwantshappilyeverafter #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CrowCAH Gosh those curling irons would be dangerous to use! 1mo
BarkingMadRun @CrowCAH I would probably kill someone or burn my hand off! It always makes me think of Little Women #burntfeathers 1mo
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CoffeeNBooks I love that Sarah got to pick which dress she wanted, and that one of her choices was a dress she had always loved. Interesting that she hopes Mr. Smith will be jealous if he sees her dancing with someone. 1mo
MoonWitch94 @CoffeeNBooks I loved that part! 1mo
Bklover Polly makes me sad- that she can‘t even imagine anything better than what she has. 1mo
julieclair @CoffeeNBooks Yes, I think our Sarah definitely has a thing for Mr. Smith, even if she won‘t admit it to herself. 😍 1mo
julieclair @Bklover I know. So hard to imagine that she cannot even dream of a better future. So sad. 1mo
Sparklemn @BarkingMadRun I thought of Little Women, too. 1mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 6: it‘s all about Bingley, Netherfield is let as last 🤣 everyone is worried about the extra work, Mrs B wants alllll the dresses and wants Hill to convince Mr B to buy them. Sarah and James are still arguing about all the things. #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CrowCAH Typical Mrs Bennet fashion, new clothes! 1mo
BarkingMadRun @CrowCAH I know! As if new dresses will hide her personality 🙄🙄🙄🤣🤣🤣 1mo
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CoffeeNBooks @BarkingMadRun Lol! I think it's very interesting that she's asked Mrs. Hill to talk Mr. B into letting her get all those new dresses. Also, It drives me crazy that Mrs. B just calls her Hill) 1mo
BarkingMadRun @CoffeeNBooks I hate that I can hear the BBC Mrs B in my head telling her name in that whiney tone 🤣 1mo
Sparklemn @BarkingMadRun And picturing her, too. 😬 1mo
Sparklemn @CoffeeNBooks That drives me nuts, too. They do it on Downton Abbey as well with some of the servants. I think it sounds disrespectful. Better she just calls her by her first name if she doesn't want to use “Mrs.“. 1mo
Bklover That calling her “Hill” bothers me too @CoffeeNBooks 1mo
julieclair I hate that Mrs. Bennet is putting Mrs. Hill in the middle of her argument with Mr. Bennet about the dresses. 1mo
CoffeeNBooks @julieclair I agree, and I'm not sure I understand why she would do that. It wouldn't be Mrs. Hill's place at all to discuss such matters with Mr. Bennet. 1mo
julieclair @CoffeeNBooks Yes! Not her place at all! Plus, I was wondering why they even needed new dresses. Since they have never met Mr. Bingley, all of their current dresses would be new to him! 1mo
Sparklemn @julieclair So right! 1mo
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CoffeeNBooks
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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A little reading and relaxation this morning. This Peach Tranquility tea is so good! #TeaAndABook

tpixie I love the peach tranquility tea. I also remember enjoying this book! 1mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 5: Hill cleans up James and everyone is swooning over him…. Except Sarah. #lovehaterelationship #sheseesthroughhim #obviouslytheywillenduptogether #justsaying #pemberlittens #chapteraday

SarahBookInterrupted Can you add me to the read along, please. @BarkingMadRun 1mo
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CrowCAH I wonder why she‘s not swooning? Could it be she secretly likes what she sees, but doesn‘t want to show it?! 1mo
Ruthiella @CrowCAH I think you might be on to something!😉 (edited) 1mo
BarkingMadRun @CrowCAH that‘s what I‘m thinking. I think she has a low opinion of herself and doesn‘t think he would go for her, which he‘s kind of proving so far lol 1mo
DebinHawaii @CrowCAH @Ruthiella @BarkingMadRun Yep, I think that means there is going to romance there. 😉 1mo
CrowCAH @DebinHawaii hmm, ya think so?! 😉 1mo
DebinHawaii @CrowCAH Well, you know, just a wild guess! 🤣😉🤣 1mo
julieclair I think she‘s annoyed he‘s not paying any attention to her, and that‘s why she‘s mystified as to why everyone else likes him. She doesn‘t understand how he could possibly be a good person if he‘s not fawning over her, lol! But I do wonder what his background story is. Is he hiding something bad, or will it turn out to be a pitiful tale that turns Sarah‘s heart? 1mo
Sparklemn @julieclair He's definitely hiding something. I'm guessing more pitiful than bad but we'll see! 1mo
Bklover So far in this my favorite character is Mrs. Hill who I think has some secrets!?She is just an old softie. And as for Sarah, she either has a massive crush or she‘s just not very nice 😉 (edited) 1mo
CoffeeNBooks I think Sarah's also frustrated because everyone thinks James is wonderful because he's a man. And I also think she has a crush on him. 1mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 4: Sarah spends the whole morning trying to “bump into” the new guy, and finally does…. 💩💩💩 #anotherrudeguy #literalpoop #poorsarah #shedidgetwhatshewantedthough #pemberlittens #chapteraday

CrowCAH He‘s a strong new guy! 1mo
julieclair #poorSarah for sure. Definitely not the man of her dreams! 1mo
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Sparklemn I've been more caught up in Sarah's observations of the family -- like not thinking of Lydia and Kitty as two separate persons. I often thought that when reading the book. It was much easier to keep them straight in the film versions. 1mo
BarkingMadRun @Sparklemn yes! I love her observations on the family! 1mo
Bklover I thought it was funny that when she called Polly over to observe out the window that they were happiest that the new guy was sweeping the yard. (So they didn‘t have to) 1mo
CoffeeNBooks I think Sarah thought she was going to be impressed with the new guy, but then was distinctly unimpressed by him when she did finally meet him. I chuckled at Mrs. Hill's response (or lack thereof) to Sarah's hurt shin. 1mo
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Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 3: Sarah overhears Hill arguing with the Bennets in the Library… what could they be arguing about?!? #pemberlittens #chapteraday #shortchapters

CrowCAH It‘s a mystery for sure! 1mo
julieclair I bet it has something to do with the new man who was hired without consulting Mrs. Hill. She must know something about him. She seemed to have recognized his name. 1mo
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BarkingMadRun @julieclair I can‘t wait to see if that‘s it! A little drama is 🔑 1mo
Bklover They certainly seem to have a relationship that goes beyond employer and employee. The familiarity that Hill had talking to MrB certainly surprised Sarah! 1mo
Sparklemn @Bklover I'm interested in finding out why she feels she can be so familiar. 1mo
CoffeeNBooks So much going on in this short chapter! I agree @julieclair- Mrs. Hill seems to know something about the new man. @Bklover- it's interesting that the familiarly not only surprises us as the readers but also surprises Sarah- she's been there long enough that surely she would be familiar with interactions like that between Mr. B and Mrs. Hill if they were more common occurrences, which clearly they're not, based on Sarah's reaction. 1mo
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BarkingMadRun
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Chapter 2: a new servant! And Lydia, as always, is… well…. Lydia #IYKYK #Lydiaisabrat #poorMrsHill #pemberlittens #chapteraday #shortchapter

Vansa I love that the Napoleonic Wars are directly mentioned, unlike in Austen- in typical rather self centred fashion, though, only in how it affects the Bennett's directly! And well, I guess that's only human!Such visceral descriptions of their work 1mo
BarkingMadRun @Vansa yes! I noticed that right away, Jane Austen rarely mentioned anything historical, possibly never lol 1mo
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Bklover I didn‘t catch that but how interesting! @Vansa 1mo
Bklover Lydia‘s dear mother is an asshat! Poor Mrs Hill and Mr Hill. I don‘t think I could have kept my mouth shut. 1mo
i.besteph Hi, I‘d like to read along with you as well. Can you please tag me in future posts? 1mo
Vansa @Bklover she is, but it's not very different from how people in India treat domestic help. In 2022. Quite interesting for me to read ! 1mo
BarkingMadRun @i.besteph absolutely! 1mo
Bklover @Vansa That‘s awful! I didn‘t know that. 1mo
Sparklemn @Bklover I don‘t think I could have stayed quiet, either. The servants are invisible unless they say something under their breathe. 1mo
CoffeeNBooks Oh, Lydia. *sigh* Mrs. Hill seems used to Lydia's comments, and tries not to take any offense to them. Could the new manservant be the scotchman Sarah thought she saw? 1mo
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AllDebooks
Longbourn | Jo Baker
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July's #bookspin bingo list, second half in comments. Tagged book is number 1 slot, readalong with #pemberlittens

@TheAromaofBooks thanks for organising Sarah, I've really enjoyed this challenge over the year and I'm tearing thru the tbr pile 🙌🙂📚

Currently reading 21, 22 (cont from June) and 23.

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