Mrs. Bennet's Sentiments

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18th Century

Dori Salerno

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JANE AUSTEN’S MOTHER TELLS ALL Jane Austen's Mrs. Bennet, mother of five difficult teenage daughters, is silent no more!! Those who grew up enjoying Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice will delight in Mrs. Bennet's Sentiments. Mrs. Bennet finally tells her side of the story



Short Summary

JANE AUSTEN’S MOTHER TELLS ALL Tired of having her ungrateful girls roll their eyes at her and watching her husband retreat to his man cave, Mrs Bennet is having her own midlife crisis. Being the mother of five daughters and managing a household isn't easy, and she must get them married.

Rediscovering her talents as an artist, she humbles Darcy, manipulates Lady Catherine, revives sickly Lady Anne, cures Georgianna finds suitors for her daughters’ defies the conventions of the day, triumphs over society and becomes a woman of independence, proving Mother really does know best.


English countryside, London

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Quest,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Twist,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Miriam Bennet

Age: 40 plus

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Desperate,Skillful,Outspoken,Blunt,Underdog,Manipulative

Additional Character Details

Name: Mr Bennet

Age: 40 plus

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Masculine,Narcisstic,Educated,Sarcastic

Additional Character Details

Name: Lizzy

Age: 20 plus

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Narcisstic,Outspoken,Sarcastic,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Darcy

Age: 25 plus

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Narcisstic,Heartthrob,Leader,Unapologetic,Sophisticated,Masculine,Complex,Educated

Development Pitch

This cinematic read is perfect for a television series. The Austen character Mrs. Bennet provides a different version of what happens in the well known story of Pride and Prejudice. In this version, she is not a fool, there is a method to her madness. She manages her five daughters ranging from 15-21 all with varying temperaments,Lizzy sarcastic and scornful of her mother, Jane a sweet natured beauty, Mary an insecure intellectual, Kitty emotional and needy, Lydia her wild child, a difficult, condescending,unfaithful husband and the misogony of the times. She subtly and sometimes not so subtly pushes her daughters on eligible bachelors, hiding in the bushes beset by bees as she eavesdrops on Darcy's proposal, Everywhere she goes she brings new ways of dealing with life and fixes a problem or two. She rediscovers her talent as an artist which allows her to travel creating portraits and interact in some familiar Pride and Prejudice scenes and some new sitiuations. She evolves into a woman of strength and independence. With the popularity of Austen movies, books and spin-offs. This original series will be a hit

About The Author

Ms. Salois Salerno is the author of the novel Mrs. Bennet’s Sentiments which received the People Magazine top new fiction pick in November 2016. She is the Executive Artistic Director. She has produced with San Diego Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse presented Anna Deavere Smith’s New York production of Let Me Down Easy in association with Arena Stage’s national tour. As a director and producer Ms. Salois has brought over 37 plays to fruition. Her work with Vantage includes the production of Lynne Kaufman’s Be Here Now The Journey Of Ram Dass. She brought Joel Drake Johnson’s 2015 Nominee as Best Off -Broadway play Rasheeda Speaking to La Jolla. She most recently developed and brought Jesse Kornbluth’s play The Color Of Light about Matisse to life as a world premiere in January 2018 to sold out audiences which then went on to receive a New York production in April of 2019 She has written and directed for television, So This is Washington and West of Hedon. She has also written for the theatre. She is a coauthor of the plays The Importance of Being Earnest the Musical!, The Holy Man an adaptation of Susan Trotts novels, and Macgregor She received her Baccalaureate from Lowell University and her Masters from Georgetown University. She writes fiction under her married name Salerno.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

Jane Austen fans.

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Creat Space then Amazon

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available