By Jo Baker. The story of 'Pride and Prejudice from the servants' point of view.
It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House and Sarah's hands are chapped and raw.
'If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats', Sarah thought, she would be more careful not to tramp through muddy fields.'
The peace - or monotony - of domestic life below stairs is about to be disturbed the the arrival of a new footman, James.
By Jo Baker. Sarah is suspicious of the new footman, James Smith, even though his presence lightens her workload.
By Jo Baker. Sarah notices that the presence of the Militia in Meryton is making the new footman, James, uncomfortable. What secrets is he keeping?
By Jo Baker. Sarah is charmed by Ptolemy, the Bingleys' black footman. James and Mrs Hill have both noticed how he looks at her and each has their reasons to be worried.
By Jo Baker. The Bennet family receive an invitation from Netherfield. For Sarah, it's a chance to better get to know Ptolemy, the Bingleys' footman.
By Jo Baker.
'Pride and Prejudice', from the point of view of the servants.
After the Bingleys' ball, everyone is feeling unsettled, including Sarah. James has a moment of self-realisation.
By Jo Baker.
Mr Wickham is getting under Sarah's feet, and James' skin. And they don't trust his motives with Polly, the chambermaid, who is just a child.
By Jo Baker. Elizabeth Bennet is to visit Mr and Mrs Collins in Kent, and take Sarah with her. It's what Sarah has always wanted, to spread her wings. But she doesn't want to leave James.
By Jo Baker. James has left without saying goodbye. Sarah and Mrs Hill are both distraught, but their work must go on. Mr Bennet is about to discover what it is to have a child go missing.
By Jo Baker. Sarah still has had no word from James, but the Bennet daughters have good news.