Such Talent & Such Success, volume 2 of Jane & D’Arcy takes up their story in 1806. Jane is in Southampton awaiting D’Arcy’s return. D’Arcy, in New South Wales, is confident the new governor, Captain William Bligh, will bring permission for him to return to England, to be reunited with Jane.
Such Talent tells the story of their rapidly changing fortunes that followed. In 1809, Jane returned to Hampshire; there, between 1810 and 1815, she completed six remarkable novels, Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, the most beloved, most widely read and enduring of novels.
In 1810, D’Arcy became the great assistant to Lachlan Macquarie, Bligh’s successor. He helped Macquarie transform the Colony, and he championed the cause of the former convicts, the emancipists. D’Arcy led a campaign for their rights and recognition, though he did not live to see it come to fruition. He died in July 1827, ten years after Jane.
His eldest son, William Charles, continued his fight for the emancipists and fought for more than thirty five years for the right of New South Wales to govern itself, to make its own laws independent of Britain. He was known as the Liberator, the Father of Australia’s Constitution.
Such Talent & Such Success, Jane & D'Arcy - Volume II
Such Talent & Such Success, the second volume, takes up their story from 1806. It traces the blossoming of their individual talents, their challenges and successes in the world, and their different legacies.