Hi! Um, I'm trying to write a Regency era AU where both Elizabeth and Darcy are men, but have hit a snag trying to work out how much of the plot I can justify keeping, and how Elizabeth being male alters things within the Bennet family. Can you help?
Hmm that does alter things somewhat with regards to the economics, but that could be fixed by making at least Jane a man, as well (“John?”) in which case he would inherit Longbourn and then Elizaboy and any other sons would have to find themselves a profession to support themselves, their eventual families, and any other unmarried sisters. The drive for men to marry well would still be there, though without the same kind of urgency based on their being near-penniless and homeless upon Mr. Bennet’s death.
If “Elizabeth” was in a “lower” profession such as trade (perhaps having got a place through Uncle Gardiner,) that could be a means for the subtle class differences between the landed gentry (Darcy) and the working gentry (Lizzy) (and in a lower-status job, too, rather than the Army/Navy, Church, or Law,) could be enough to still drive the social friction between them.