"The inferiority of her connections! Yet, never was he so bewitched!" When Fitzwilliam Darcy left Hertfordshire, he was a man conflicted—bewitched by a woman of meagre fortune and vulgar relations. In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen reveals little more about her creation—his past or present. During the months he is absent from Austen's story, Darcy must come to terms with this invasion of his heart. Is there a woman of his own sphere who can banish Elizabeth Bennet from it? Duty and Desire, the second book of the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy, takes the reader into Darcy's private world as he moves among his family, friends, and foes. Determined to forget Elizabeth Bennet, he returns to Pemberley to lose himself in work and family concerns. Then he accepts an invitation to an old friend's house party where he meets the fascinatingly beautiful and mysterious Lady Sylvanie.