My dear Emma,
I wish you all the best for your marriage! Yes, I hope to attend the ceremony in Hartfield this Autumn with my dear husband. I won’t miss your marriage for no reason whatever.
Do you remember? I was so worried to announce my marriage, because my family didn’t like Darcy and they didn’t know how much we all owned him for Lydia. I told my sister Jane about the engagement, and she was really incredulous. I explained her with all the patience I could gather that I was sure I loved Darcy and that I thought about him since my visit to Pemberley. Of course, I had to suffer her reproach for being so reserved with her, but she was very happy for me, in the end.
Darcy talked to papa, and he was upset that I could accept him after all the harsh words I had for him. I had to count the qualities he had, the estimation I had for him and the affection build in many months of acquaintance to convince him. I had to tell him also of the things he did for Lydia, and father could say no more. He was so relieved that he owned my uncle no money for Lydia’s scandal, because he was sure my future husband wanted no repayment. Mother was amazed and dumb at the news. When she recovered, she could only comment on the luck I had, the jewels I would have had and the carriages, much better than Jane’s! Ten thousand a year!!!! Poor mama! At least, she has now three daughters married and settled.
Now that my family is informed of our plans for the future, I asked my dear Darcy when and how he fell in love with me and this was the answer I received: “I cannot fix on the hour or the spot, or the looks or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun”* He admired me for being impertinent with him since the beginning. Probably, I was so different from the other ladies he knew who only looked for his approbation that I interested him from the start. Lady Catherine’s vane attempt to part us was the key of his resolution to talk directly and ask my hand for the second time. Lady Catherine gave us such a joy! We’ll never thank her enough for this.
I wrote to my dear Aunt and Uncle Gardiner too to announce our marriage. I had to thank them for not going to the Lakes, but to Derbyshire and Pemberley, instead, for their affection, for Aunt’s sensibility and foresight towards my feelings for him. I invited them to Pemberley at Christmas, and I hope to be there myself soon, with my dear new sister, Georgiana.
I’ll miss papa very much, but we’ll invite him very often to our estate and also Kitty will spend a lot of time with us and our friends. This’ll do her a lot of good. I’ll also invite Lydia – of course without Wickham – now and then. She’ll ask for money and I’ll help her as best as I can with my own money, without asking my dear husband.
I forgot to mention dear Lizzie, that we’ll marry together, Jane and me. I’ll send you all the details, because I want you to attend the most joyful day of my life.
Emma and Lizzie will be together after years of letters sent across England. Pen friends meeting. Isn’t it fantastic? I can’t wait for this to happen.
I send you all my love, dear. Yours,
Lizzie B. Darcy
Pride and Prejudice, “Double Wedding” BBC, 1995
* “Pride and Prejudice”, Chapter 60