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fic: A Lesson From Scripture

Title: A Lesson From Scripture
Fandom: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Character: Arabella Strange
Rating: G
Length: 195 words
Warnings: none
A/N: Takes place in the same 'verse as Speaking Likeness; thanks to [personal profile] etave for prompting this by tagging me for a flash fic challenge on Tumblr.
Summary: Arabella knows her Bible.

The coat was an old one, much in need of patching and cleaning. It had seen Jonathan through his three years in the Peninsula. As her mother would have said, it didn’t owe him anything. And he could certainly afford a new one: that was never the problem. But Arabella had been brought up to be thrifty, as befitted a poor curate’s daughter, and she couldn’t abide waste, even now.

She fished in the pockets before taking the coat to be laundered. A handkerchief, a small mirror (why?), a piece of string, something that might once have been an apple core (oh, Jonathan!).

A scrap of paper, with an inscription in an unfamiliar hand: 2 Samuel 1, 26.

Arabella had not sat in church all those years, Sundays and weekdays, not to know her Biblical texts. She and Henry used to pass notes to each other in code during the longer sermons. The words were in her mind, as clear as if written on the wall at Belshazzar’s feast:

I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.

Also posted at http://fengirl88.dreamwidth.org/194561.html with comment count unavailable comments.


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Nov. 12th, 2015 03:55 am (UTC)
Aww, heart-breaking note! No wonders who that's from. Probably not for Arabella either.
Nov. 15th, 2015 07:01 pm (UTC)
thank you! I'm not sure if Arabella definitely knows who it's from at this point, or if that doesn't emerge till later - but regardless of who wrote it, the message is clear, and painful.

[I carried this fic idea around in my head for literally two months before I finally wrote it out, and I still remember the shock of realizing how Arabella was going to find out about this part of Jonathan's life.]
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