Chapter 7: COMPLETION.
Darcy paced back and forth restlessly in the sitting room of Pemberley. It was the third of March. The weather was rainy. Darcy found it matched his mood admirably. Bingley had given up trying to calm his friend, as well had Mr. Gardiner, and they just watched him tiredly. The anxious expectant father had tried to read but concentration eluded him. All he could think of was his wife giving birth upstairs. He was so worried. His mother had died in childbirth and Darcy didn't want to lose his beloved Elizabeth. Every faint cry he heard increased his fear. Jane had come in a few minutes ago to reassure him that the labor was progressing satisfactorily. Then she returned to help her sister along with her Aunt Gardiner.
Never in his life had Darcy so hated the custom that the husband must remain downstairs until everything finished. He felt utterly powerless. He hated not being able to help his wife by being at her side. Finally he sat his head in his hands staring fixedly the floor. He didn't hear Jane come in.
"Brother" she said putting her hand on his shoulder.
Darcy looked up, fear plainly written in his face: "Elizabeth? Is she...?"
"She is fine, brother. She awaits you with your family in the nursery."
Darcy grinned and ran upstairs with Bingley and Edward Gardiner on his heels, screaming: "Elizabeth, I am coming."
He was stopped at the door by the doctor Totter: "Congratulations sir, you have a fine, healthy family."
"Yes, yes where are they?" said an impatient father.
"Fitzwilliam, do come in and meet your family," said the sweet and somewhat tired voice of his wife. Darcy flew at the bed and take his wife's hand "Are you well, Elizabeth? I was so worried about you."
"I'm just very tired which is very normal. But meet your son and heir Frederick Phillip Darcy. Frederick this is your father, Fitzwilliam Darcy. Fitzwilliam Darcy, this is your son Frederick." Darcy moved to take his son when Elizabeth stopped him by saying: "And we must not forget the young Miss Amelia Jane Darcy," said she with tears of joy.
"Oh my god! Two twin babies! A son and a daughter! They are so beautiful! Lizzy, you are amazing! You've made these two perfect wonders."
"We've made them. Look at them! Frederick has your curly hair. "
"And Amelia has your eyes."
The happy parents embraced lovingly and looked down on their babies with pride and joy. And they were indeed fine babies who grew into well-behaved children and fine adults. They were followed three years later by a brother, Matthew Bennet Darcy, and another sister, Emma Georgiana, one year after. Then came Cecilia Elizabeth and Mark Daniel.
Frederick learned quickly the management of Pemberley. He possessed a sense of justice and fairness and became a well-respected master as his father before him. He had his father's fine looks but possessed his mother's shining eyes and lively disposition and captured hearts of many young ladies.
Amelia Jane grew into a very accomplished and lovely young lady. As her aunt and godmother Jane Bingley, she had a gentle disposition, and was disposed to think well of everyone and to make herself useful to everybody. She had, however, a wit of her own and a just perception of the people surrounding her.
Matthew Bennet, as his older brother, grew fine and amiable with a propensity to tease and laugh at other people's absurdities like his mother. Emma Georgiana was a reverse disposition of her older sister. She was closer to her mother in disposition and temper. She was always willing to go on long walks or ride with her father to visit the tenants. For Cecilia and Mark they were somewhat shy in unfamiliar company like their own father but not painfully so.
The Bingleys also had one boy and one girl besides Christopher and Marianne. Miss Fanny Alice Bingley born in the same year has Matthew Bennet and Mr. Thomas Henry Bingley, born one year after Emma Georgiana. The cousins kept a close bond throughout their lives.
Miss Georgiana Darcy grew very fond of one of her neighbours Lord Andrew Allen. At nineteen she became Lady Allen and raised one boy and two girls.
Kitty Bennet, under the tutelage or her older sisters, grew very accomplished in manners and temper and a proper young lady. She met, fell in love and married James Howard, rector of Kympton. She had eight children, four boys and four girls.
Mary Bennet married a brilliant attorney in Meryton who became a well-known judge in London. Her marriage greatly improved her and she lost her sanctimonious manner. But Mrs. Charles Sidney still delighted in teaching her children and her cousins. She had two boys and one girl.
Colonel Fitzwilliam met a delightful young woman of fortune called Aurelia Merriot and was very happy with their six children, all boys except the youngest one.
But that's years later. For the moment we leave Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy with their two children in the comfort of their family party at Pemberley.
(I chose the fourth of August for the date of the picnic because MacKinnon and Chapman used this date for the first meeting between Elizabeth and Darcy at Pemberley in Chronology of Pride and Prejudice.)