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13 March 2013, Wednesday
4:38 PM PST
“You’ve reached William Darcy. Please leave a message after the tone.”
Hey, Darcy. Uh, it’s Lizzie. Um. When you have a sec, give me a call. I’d like to... chat.

14 March 2013, Thursday
11:53 AM PST
“Hi, this is Lizzie Bennet. Sorry to have missed you! Please leave me a message.”
Lizzie. Hello. This is... William Darcy. I received your call and would also... like to chat. I would prefer to do so in person, but I’m told by my lawyers that to leave in the middle of these contract negotiations would be a costly mistake. Otherwise, I would—I’m here, at any rate, and I look forward to speaking with you. Soon.

15 March 2013, Friday
10:27 AM PST
“You’ve reached William Darcy. Please leave a message after the tone.”
Hi. It’s Lizzie again. I’m sorry we keep missing each other. I know you’re busy. I don’t want to take up too much of your time, but I did—I do, I mean, want to thank you. Personally. I’ve said it on my videos, I don’t know if you’re watching. Not that you should or need to, or anything, obviously... I know you probably didn’t want any of us to find out, but we did. And now that I know, I just—I can’t not thank you for what you did. For Lydia. And for our family, too. We can never—we will always be grateful. I will always be so, so grateful. It was an extraordinary thing for you to do. I really wanted to tell you that... I hope your meetings are going well... See you.

same, 11:15 AM PST
text William Darcy to Lizzie Bennet
I’m sorry we keep missing each other as well. Perhaps we could schedule a time to speak that’s mutually convenient?
As for your message, while I would have preferred to remain anonymous in regards to my involvement with your sister’s situation, I suppose it’s inevitable that you would find out, given the world we live in.
Now you do know, please also know that no thanks are necessary, on your behalf or your family’s. I consider it the rectification of a series of mistakes that should have been addressed long ago.

same, 11:23 AM PST
text Lizzie Bennet to William Darcy
I do need to thank you, though. Whether you think you deserve it or not. It was a big deal, and I’ll thank you every day for it. In my head, if that makes you feel better.

same, 11:48 AM PST
text William Darcy to Lizzie Bennet
If I tell you that you are welcome, perhaps we can leave it at that?

same, 12:12 PM PST
text Lizzie Bennet to William Darcy
Perhaps.
As for old mistakes, if you ever want to talk about it, or anything, I’m here.

same, 2:33 PM PST
text William Darcy to Lizzie Bennet
It turns out that particular part of my past is something I’d rather leave undiscussed. But I would like to talk to you. About many things.

same, 2:48 PM PST
text Lizzie Bennet to William Darcy
Tomorrow? 8-ish, my time? Is that too late?

same, 3:01 PM PST
text William Darcy to Lizzie Bennet
It’s not too late. I look forward to it.

same, 3:04 PM PST
text Lizzie Bennet to William Darcy
Good. Me too.

17 March 2013, Sunday
11:03 AM PST
text Charlotte to Lizzie
Anything?

same, 11:04 AM PST
text Lizzie to Charlotte
Happy birthday to you too!

same, 11:05 AM PST
text Charlotte to Lizzie
Of course happy birthday, you brat. Obviously happy birthday. Did he call back?

same, 11:06 AM PST
Lizzie to Charlotte
Yeah. We had a couple of false starts but we talked yesterday.

same, 11:07 AM PST
text Charlotte to Lizzie
About? I can’t believe you didn’t tell me about this the second it happened.
(Call you after brunch, btw. Family’s making a big deal about 25.)

same, 11:08 AM PST
text Lizzie to Charlotte
They should make a big deal! My parents aren’t even in town!

same, 11:09 AM PST
text Charlotte to Lizzie
WHAT DID YOU TALK ABOUT WITH DARCY?!

same, 11:12 AM PST
text Lizzie to Charlotte
A lot. Nothing serious. The stuff he’s working on in Chicago. My final independent study. Lydia. I mean, we didn’t get into the whole THING too much but he’s been watching and wanted to know if she’s doing okay. It was

same, 11:12 AM PST
text Charlotte to Lizzie
It was WHAT?!?!?!?!?!

same, 11:13 AM PST
text Lizzie to Charlotte
Sorry, thumb slipped. It was nice. Perfectly cordial.

same, 11:15 AM PST
text Charlotte to Lizzie
As soon as I can get out of this brunch I’m coming over with donuts and coffee and you’re going to tell me everything. You’ve been withholding, bff.

same, 11:16 AM PST
text Lizzie to Charlotte
Aren’t you being rude texting through brunch?

same, 11:17 AM PST
text Charlotte to Lizzie
We’re waiting to be seated and don’t think I don’t recognize your avoidance tactics.

same, 11:23 AM PST
text Lizzie to Charlotte
Bring me a jelly. No, chocolate frosted. NO! Boston cream!
Please.

same, 11:43 AM PST
“Hi, this is Lizzie Bennet. Sorry to have missed you! Please leave me a message.”
Hi, Lizzie! It’s Jane. I just wanted to wish you a happy birthday! I know we’re going to video chat later but I was hoping to be the first to wish you a wonderful day. I know you’ve been stressed this week, so I think you should do something nice for yourself. It’s your day! I hope you got the package I sent, and I want to hear all about your week. See you on chat in a few hours? Love you!

same, 12:17 PM CST
“You’ve reached William Darcy. Please leave a message after the tone.”
Darcy, man, it’s Bing. Just—ah—seeing what you’ve been up to. I guess, um, I’ll. You know. Talk to you soon.

same, 3:19 PM CST
“You’ve reached William Darcy. Please leave a message after the tone.”
William Darcy, tell me you called Lizzie Bennet back or I will come to Chicago and tape your phone to your face.

same, 4:29 PM CST
text Gigi to William
OMG William I hate leaving you messages
Call me soon, I want to send Lizzie a bday text and I don’t know what I can/can’t say
About certain Goings On

same, 5:24 PM CST
text William to Gigi
You may say whatever you would like to whomever you would like. You don’t need my permission.

same, 5:28 PM CST
text Gigi to William
You can be so annoying I swear

same, 6:12 PM CST
text William to Gigi
I spoke with her the other day. Everything is fine.

same, 6:15 PM CST
text Gigi to William
Did you tell her???

same, 6:43 PM CST
text William to Gigi
I cannot presume to know to what you refer. It was a good conversation, very pleasant. Mostly we discussed our work.

same, 6:45 PM CST
text Gigi to William
I give up
On both of you

same, 6:48 PM CST
text William to Gigi
If only I believed that were true.

same, 6: 53 PM CST
Gigi to William
:p

18 March 2013 (Monday)
9AM PST
Episode 97 “Birthday Talk”
Charlotte and I talk about turning 25. And a certain phone call.

same, 9:28 AM PST
text Lydia to JANE!
I asked her about the phone call, she said it wasn’t a big deal, just work talk. do we believe her

same, 9:58 AM PST
text JANE! to Lydia
Lizzie sees what Lizzie sees, remember? Or I guess thinks what she thinks.

19 March 2013, Tuesday
3:40 PM PST
text Lydia to JANE!
She was on the phone again last night for like an hour with him. What do you think they talk about

same, 3:43 PM PST
text JANE! to Lydia
YouTube

same, 3:48 PM PST
text Lydia to JANE!
SEXAY SEXAY

20 March 2013, Wednesday
9:48 AM PST
email lbennet0317@gmail.com to wmfdarcy@gmail.com
… but that’s just because what was happening was dangerous.

Anyway, this is the painting I was telling you about. It’s gross? But it’s so captivating. I’ve always felt like it’s really cliché to love Caravaggio (have you read The Lost Painting? There’s a whole bit in there about how art historians fall into Caravaggio-fever, the laughable quest to find something new, I think; it’s been a while since I’ve read it.) but when it comes to your favorite things, I suppose you love what you love. I do wish I’d been able to do a semester abroad when I was an undergrad; I’d love to be able to citystalk Caravaggio—or any artist I love, really—around Europe, hunt him down from museum to museum and see as much as I can. I think that would be an adventure. Plus, I hear the food’s good.

—lizzie.
PS I promise not to give your personal email out but I must comment on the fact that I can’t believe you even have a gmail account. I feel like it must be some kind of violation of PD’s code of ethics.

21 March 2013, Thursday
9 AM PST
Episode 98
“JLL Enterprises”
Lydia and I talk about potential names for my fake company.

same, 10:18 AM PST
email wmfdarcy@gmail.com to lbennet0317@gmail.com
…and so I’ve had this account since the service was offered. I rather embarrassed myself telling Sergey and Larry once; I think they thought I was gushing.

I don’t think I have ever thought about someone enjoying something to be a cliché, unless perhaps the someone is a little girl and the something a pony. Appreciating an artist such as Vincent Van Gogh, for example, who enjoys such an overwhelming popularity, is not so much a cliché as it is common to many people. Dismissing an entire body of work out of hand simply because of it is well-loved is just that: dismissive. I hope I have learned to be open-minded enough not to discriminate in such a way.

same, 1:25 PM PST
text Lizzie to Charlotte
I don’t actually want to send you this email because that would be weird but I do really need to talk to you about irony

same, 1:32 PM PST
text Charlotte to Lizzie
It’s amazing to me that your relationship with this guy can take over your life EVEN MORE than it has in the past. THAT’S ironic

same, 1:38 PM PST
text Lizzie to Charlotte
You hush, that’s Alanis irony not real irony and it’s not even true. Call me later.

same, 9:20 PM PST
text Charlotte to Lizzie
Sorry I had to go, you know Mr. C. I forgot to ask how you got to talking about Caravaggio?

same, 9:27 PM PST
text Lizzie to Charlotte
It had something to do with how Jane looks on the rare occasion she gets angry

same, 11:43 PM PST
email lbennet0317@gmail.com to wmfdarcy@gmail.com
Sergey and Larry?

22 March 2013, Friday
10:21 AM PST
email wmfdarcy@gmail.com to lbennet0317@gmail.com
I apologize if that was gratuitous name-dropping. That is not something I do, generally speaking.

same, 2:19 PM PST
email lbennet0317@gmail.com to wmfdarcy@gmail.com
I only rolled my eyes a little. ;)

23 March 2012, Saturday
9 AM PST
Q&A 10
Last chance for answers (so stop asking about Darcy).

same, 10:49 AM PST
text William Darcy to Lizzie Bennet
Your viewers are an inquisitive group.

same, 11 AM PST
text Lizzie Bennet to William Darcy
I can’t complain. Where would I be without them, at this point?

same, 11:07 AM PST
text William Darcy to Lizzie Bennet
Succeeding at some other endeavor, I have no doubt.

same, 12:23 PM PST
“Hi, this is Lizzie Bennet. Sorry to have missed you! Please leave me a message.”
Hi, Lizzie, it’s Jane. I just watched your Q and A, it was so good to see you, and you looked so cute in that top! Anyway, I wanted to call you and tell you that you can call me whenever, you know I’m always here for you. You seemed a little... stressed? I guess? About all the Darcy questions. Your viewers just want to see you happy. We all do! Give me a call, okay?

same, 11:02 AM EST
“Hi, you’ve reached Jane Bennet, it’s so nice to hear from you. If you leave a message, I’ll call you back as soon as I can! Thanks, and have a wonderful day.”
Hey, Jane. Did I really seem that grouchy, about the Darcy thing? I guess I understand why people are curious, I just don’t have anything new to say except... sometimes we talk. Sometimes it’s nice. Sometimes it’s weird. I don’t know if I really do want to talk about it. I do want to talk to you, though, so I hope we catch each other soon.

25 March 2013, Monday
9 AM PST
Episode 99
“Future Talk”
Turns out a fake company can become a real company rather fast.

same, 10:10 AM PST
text William Darcy to Lizzie Bennet
I don’t wish to overstep, but please know that if there’s anything I can do to help as you move forward with your business, I would be more than happy to assist.

same, 10:12 AM PST
text Lizzie Bennet to William Darcy
Thank you. I appreciate the offer. I’m tempted to say you’ve done enough, but a) that sounds rude, and I don’t mean it that way, and b) you’d pshaw it anyway.

same, 10:14 AM PST
text William Darcy to Lizzie Bennet
Pshaw?

same, 10:16 AM PST
text Lizzie Bennet to William Darcy
Yes, pshaw! As in “no indeed.” Or “like hell.” Or “shut up, you.”

same, 10:17 AM PST
text William Darcy to Lizzie Bennet
Pshaw indeed.

28 March 2013, Thursday
9 AM PST
Episode 100
“The End”
On to the next big adventure. Thank you for watching my videos.

same, 9:19 AM PST
text Jane to Lizzie
Your video made me cry! It was so good. I’m so excited for you, fancy new business lady!

same, 9: 23 AM PST
text Lizzie to Jane
It made me cry, too. Now to finish the final draft of my thesis for approval from Dr. G. Graduation isn’t for six more weeks.

same, 9:30 AM PST
text Jane to Lizzie
And I can’t wait to come home for it! xoxoxo

same, 9:49 AM PST
text Gigi D to Lizzie Bennet
So sad there won’t be more videos but really excited for you and what comes next!

same, 10:05 AM PST
text Lizzie to Gigi D
Thanks, me too. Hopefully a visit with you in the future?

same, 10:08 AM PST
text Gigi D to Lizzie
ANY TIME