I love Victoire! I usually don't like the girly-girl characterization of her, but it fits here better than it would in modern times, with beauty being such an important variable in likeability. I think I caught a reference to her being part Veela in there, with all her admirers, and that was nice and seemed fitting as well.
Oh, Susan, the dancing ♥ It's so pretty to behold. I love Rose's mixed reaction to seeing Lily and Scorpius together, her lack of joy at seeing them mesh so well together and then her relief at seeing Lily so miserable. You've grafted her with Elizabeth Bennett so well here.
I really like that you included that little, albeit memorable, scene from Pride and Prejudice. It fits Scorpius and his Malfoyish nature so well, and again, I think Rose's mixed reaction was very interesting, the way she covered up her obvious pain and embarrassment with loathing for him.
It will be interesting to see where things go from here :)
Author's Response: Victoire is always a difficult one for me because in my head, she's that beautiful eldest cousin who sets the bar way too high for everyone else - her parents are smart and good-looking, so she's got the benefit of great genes, not to mention the Veela blood. I tend to make her unlikeable, I guess because I so often write from Rose's point of view, and being one of the youngest, Rose sees her as that impossibly high standard she could never live up to. But for this story, I wanted to make Victorie someone socially powerful who is on Rose's side - goodness Rose needs a true ally, and Victoire (along with Teddy, who is, in this story, I admit, Victoire's stooge). I'm really glad to hear that you liked how Victoire turned out - she is far better suited to the Regency era in this portrayal, a perfect court lady with considerable political power.
That scene with Lily and Scorpius dancing wasn't even planned - I'd meant for Scorpius to randomly appear throughout the room, closer and closer to Rose until she finally overhears him, but instead, he ended up dancing with Lily. It's a lot to Lily's credit that they don't get along, as Lily could easily ham up to him if she wanted, but even she has a poor impression of him - if he consents to an insulting match with Rose, he can't be suitable as a husband. XD I'm also glad that it gave Rose an opportunity to become more of a reflection of Lizzie Bennett - I never really keep Lizzie in mind while writing Rose so that I don't get them mixed up, so hearing that there are still similarities is helpful. Rose does have to keep the right attitude to really make the whole "pride and prejudice" idea work.
He did hurt her, more than she'd ever admit, but she's able to quickly redirect it into hatred of him rather than self-loathing. She may be awkward and ignorant of society ways, but she's still got confidence in herself as an individual - this is a problem for her in society because she's not "feminine" enough, willing to sacrifice her independence in order to marry into a comfortable position in life. But to hear him say those things about her and especially her family, it's quite a blow.
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this, Amanda! It's fantastic that you're enjoying this story and it means a lot to hear these positive comments from you! ^_^