Agitated and angry that Anya should hold such sway over his sister,
Darcy summons her to the balcony. In biting words he denounces her,
whereupon she slaps him hard across the face. 'The one
advantage of my sex is the freedom to strike a man with
impunity." But the enmity between them is superficial and
cannot long endure. Later that night, Darcy will abandon all
propriety and come close to ravishing the beautiful young woman. An
Englishman of wealth and status could never compromise his social
position by marrying a woman with a scandalous past. Darcy must
have Anya the only way possible. When he is certain she loves him,
he asks her to accept his offer. However, the friendship between
Anya and Darcy's sister complicates the matter. 'What of
Georgiana? Will you allow your sister to visit your mistress?"
The appearance of a rival forces a decision, and Darcy takes Anya
as his wife. Finally, this willful woman must submit to him.
Without doubt, the marriage will prove to be as tempestuous as the