Disclaimer: I do not own any of Jane Austen's creations. Nor do I own the character of Amanda Price from ITV's "Lost in Austen" ... I am simply borrowing them!
Prologue – Fainting In the Loo
"Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint." – Jane Austen
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Amanda Price and I am a Jane-ite (or whatever Jane Austen fans are called nowadays). My life as a whole has become routine. I wake up, stare at the wall for a bit (wondering why nothing has changed), brush my teeth and shower, change my clothes and have tea and some biscuits and run off to work. What can I say; I'm stuck in a rut!
I do the whole 9-5 thing and by the time I get home; can think of nothing better than kicking my shoes off and relaxing with a glass of wine and my favorite novel.
Pride and Prejudice!
There is something about that novel that makes me feel as though I am home again. The language, the characters; they all seem to jump off the page and I am not ashamed to say that I hold them close to my heart as dear friends. I often find myself wishing that people still spoke like this instead of the slang that I hear day in and day out. Where has the beauty of speech gone? Where have manners gone?
As I daydream at my desk, I hear a voice call out, "Amanda Price?"
I sigh, for, it is time to bring myself back to reality. "Yes," I look at my boss, Gemma.
She beckons for me to come to her office and as soon as I sit in the chair opposite her; she replies, "There will be a few changes made today."
It was not the change that I wished for. I have lost my job with the bank and cannot even focus on my beloved novel.
I just stare at myself in the mirror; thinking how could this have happened. I can hear my phone ringing; however, something has happened and I cannot move. I see my reflection moving; and yet, I am still. My reflection comes out of the mirror and replies, "Oh my dear, but, you seem faint?"
"Who are you?"
"Elizabeth Bennet," says my reflection.
Before I can respond any further or ask myself what would Jane do (Jane Austen to be exact), I promptly pass out on the ground.
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