Presumption : An Entertainment
A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice
by Julia Barrett
Paperback - 238 pages Reprint
edition (October 1995)
Univ of Chicago Pr (Trd); ISBN:
Hardcover - 240 pages ( 8 July,
Michael O'Mara; ISBN: 1854799541
Hardcover - 240 pages ( 8 July,
Michael O'Mara; ISBN: 0226038130
Posted by Lea
on September 16, 1996 at 12:33:45:
Here is a quote from "Presumption: An Entertainment" by Julia
Barrett that will say much to devoted readers/viewers of Austen: "Her (Elizabeth's)
miseries she kept well hidden. Darcy, she was determined, would see none
of her tears. She would make her own way in his household and in his country,
and if she wept she would do so alone."
As someone who has been constantly rereading Austen since discovering
ten years ago, I can't
see Lizzie in her room crying. But I still need to finish the
book before I pass final judgement.
Posted by eva
on September 17, 1996 at 14:02:36:
Johanna, let me just say that...disappointment will be inevitable :-(
i could barely sit through
Presumption, the language was too simplistic
and there didn't seem to be any further interesting development of our
beloved characters (fyi the plot crisis was borrowed directly from JA's
Posted by Johanna
on October 02, 1996 at 12:52:44:
Heads up to any who may contemplate reading this little terror of a
sequel: Don't bother. Jane Austen is probably, as my Mother
would say, spinning in her grave. I won't bore you with details,
but can you imagine C de B saying "I'll superintend your repose."?? Or
Charlotte Collins exclaiming how "wretched" she is to G Darcy? Or
yet again reminded how arrogant Darcy can be perceived? In Chapter 32,
no less. It didn't take long to read, but those few hours could have been
better spent. Oh well, live and learn, I will have to reread P&P to
erase this horrible picture of Regency Peyton Place!!!
Jan 9, 1997 (21:12)
I also read "Presumption" by Julia Barrett. It's not great,
but better than Tennant's books and definitely more readable.
Jan 10, 1997 (15:48)
I bought PRESUMPTION and literally couldn't make it through
10 ppg. Appalling.
Response by Ann2 Mar 10,
Dare I say that if you must read something after P&P, Presumption
was not all that bad. Though it concentrates on Georgiana and has very
little to tell about Darcy and Lizzy (from what I remember).
by Cassia on 17:01:59 7/17/97
I liked this book the first time I read it. Yes, the authors did get
the style right but by focusing on Georgiana , so close to D & E's
wedding I think they did themselves an ill: I never believed that Georgiana,
an heiress in her own right, would have been that much of a husband hunter.
Especially as she doesn't have parents to pressure her and her brother
took so long to marry. I did like Caroline Bingley's fate, even though
I tend to feel a little sorry for her.
Posted by Derek
June 06, 1997 at 04:30:10:
Presumption was OK but ....... The problem is how do you follow
a book written by one of, if not the, greatest author of all time.
Review by Linda
Waldemar, July 18, 1997
I found this book to live up to it's title as entertaining. The
authors (Julia Barrett is Julia Braun Kessler and Gabrielle Donnelly) try
to imitate the Austen language and style. They do a pretty good job, but
fall a little short of the mark.
Almost all the P&P characters make an appearance during the
story. Again, they attempt to keep them in character, but again, they do
not quite make it. Georgiana is the main character here. She is not very
shy, but the authors attribute that to her association with Elizabeth.
Throughout, I saw evidence of plot points and dialogue that were borrowed
Elizabeth was not completely accepted by many of the Derbyshire neighbors.
When Mr. Darcy was away on business, she carried herself with head held
high and never complained to her husband. Elizabeth "encountered coldness,
if not genuine ill will". Also, she missed her home and family. This felt
right to me.
Georgiana's suitors seemed to be modeled on Lizzy's in P&P.
The Bennet family endures a terrible scandal and it is one of the men who
is interested in Georgiana who saves the day. This occasion also
allows Mr. Collins to write another of his infamous condolence letters.
As I proceeded through the book, I decided that perhaps the authors
were writing with
tongue-in-check; e.g. Lady Anne Darcy was renamed Lady Susan. With
that in mind, I found a little more humor than I had at the beginning.
Following are a couple of noteworthy examples.
Lady Catherine was pensive for a full moment, but mere fond
memories were powerless in the face of her present purpose, which was to
pursue the improprieties she had but two evenings before observed all about
her. This was a subject near to her heart; one upon which she fancied her
judgment incontestable, and the effects of her reproofs upon those guilty
altogether remedial, no matter to whom her denunciations were presently
Mary (about Mr. Darcy):
"Certainly not," said she. "But since their marriage, I myself
have had the opportunity to converse at length with our brother, and I
have discovered him to be an uncommonly learned man. What a pity that such
a one has been enticed by mere brilliance of wit into a marriage that time
will only prove inadequate to his intellectual powers. Had he but
thought," with a meaningful glance, "when making his choice, to look beyond
pleasantries to someone who holds reason more dear than good humour, how
happier might his situation be now!"
In summary, I enjoyed this book and recommend that others give it a try.
However, please remember that this is not Jane Austen! not even close.
Review by Lynn
Lamy, September 4, 1997
I didn't care too much for this. Like many of the sequels, it
goes much too quickly, with things happening very fast, almost unbelievably
so. I didn't think most of the characters acted the way we would
expect them to.
Review by Jane
Elizabeth, September 20, 1997
This sequel is well done in its use of appropriate language, and generally
conscientious about period details. It lacks an ironic or humorous edge,
though, making it rather plodding. Fans of Elizabeth and Darcy may be disappointed
because the book focuses on Georgiana. It should be noted that the author
"Julia Barrett" is a nom de plume for two women who share the writing credit.
This may account for the lack of an authoritative voice or unique point
by Alexandra on October 13, 1997 at 09:39:31:
I know that a lot of people don't like Emma Tennant and her sequel
to P&P but have any of you read Presumption by Julia Barrett?
It is actually not a bad story that actually manages to keep within Jane
Austen's own style. I'm normally not over keen on sequels but this one
is actually not bad!
Posted by Amala
on October 13, 1997 at 13:23:56:
I was remarkably unoffended by Presumption -- possibly because I went
in to it with such low expectations. I do enjoy the double meaning of the
title, which made it easier to enjoy the story.
Posted by Courtney
on September 25, 1997 at 18:06:38:
Also, check out Presumption by Julia Barrett. It is a sequel
to P&P and has Georgiana Darcy as the main character. Quite good.
20 May 1998 22:40:43
Presumption -Julia Barrett: Story of Georgiana Darcy.
It was quite similar to Pride and Prejudice in style and was pretty
good and quite funny.
Peyton on Thursday, 24 December 1998
My favorite sequel to P&P is Julia Barrett's Presumption
- An Entertainment. She kept the characters in character - unlike
Emma Tennant (who should have written hers as a separate novel with a different
name. The only thing she has that looks remotely like JA is that
the characters have the same names.)
Tn, March 24, 1999
After I finish reading this book I was very disappointed. This
was not written in the style of Jane Austen and the story is focused on
Georgiana Darcy. I thought Presumtion
would continue the story of
Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth but instead the author decides to get rid of Elizabeth
for half of the book. This book isn't very detailed also, it doesn't explain
what the characters are feeling. It is quite like
Pride and Prejudice;
a situation occurs that will threaten to have a bad effect on the Bennets'
name and once again Mr. Darcy comes to the rescue. Presumption is
mainly focused on Georgiana Darcy and how she fell in love. The characters
differ from the ones from
Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth is
more serious, Mr. Darcy doesn't seem like the handsome and gentleman-like
person he was, and Georgiana, she is like Elizabeth but more talkative.
I didn't enjoy this book and would not recommended to anyone who loves
and Prejudice and are excited to read its sequel <Presumption.
Believe me it is not worth reading.
Written by Teresa
AF (12/6/99 12:41 p.m.)
Julia Barrett (really two people) did not get her facts straight, so
to me if she (they) did not bother to research properly, why should anyone
bother to read it. I may be a bit too critical, but I am a stickler for
correct details in a story, if one fact is off, it throws off the whole
Beth, July 7, 2000, 9:44 p.m.
I did not appreciate Presumption very much at all. Georgianna
was made into a husband-hunting vixen, quite unlike JA's portrayal of her
meek, overprotected, quiet, solem, etc. It did not have enough of
Lizzy and Darcy in it to suit me, and the 19th century Regency era language
that JA used in PP was not duplicated sufficiently. Poor story line.
Poor characterization. Poor sequal to one of my favorite books!
August 4, 2000
The story was nice only the ending was not good. The story was mainly
focussed on Georgiana Darcy. The other characters were not good described.
The character of Georgiana Darcy resembled too much that of Elizabeth Darcy.
(4/3/2003 12:19 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Presumption by Julia Barrett,
penned by Jaya
] ... is pretty good.
] It's a sequel to Pride & Prejudice, concentrating primarily on
I read the reviews on this in amazon.com and here in RoP. It turned
out better than Iexpected. I thought Georgiana would have married a little
higher on the social scale though. I enjoyed what happened to Caroline
Bingley! Poor thing... :P
Hadas (June 3, 2003 )
About sequels to P&P: Presumption is adequate, if somewhat
artificial. The prose tends to be so-so, but it's fairly enjoyable if you
ignore it. You can get it for perhaps &10-$12 new. There's "Letters
from Pemberley", which is better-written than the above, but somewhat
plotless, and features a host of "crossover" characters, which was in my
opinion a little extraneous.