Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Pride and Prejudice

Merry over at Beth Spera in Domino has posted a comparison of the different movie adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and how they have portrayed Mr. Darcy. I really enjoyed reading her article and decided, as a result, to pick up the book and read it. I have watched many of the adaptations but had not yet read the book. I am only about 6 chapters into the book, but am enjoying it very much. I am including a quote that I found very interesting. This is from a conversation between Mr. Darcy and Miss Bingley. Mr. Darcy mentioned to Miss Bingley that he admired Elizabeth Bennet's fine eyes to which she inquired as to when she should wish him joy. His reply is what struck me.

"That is exactly the question which I expected you to ask. A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment. I knew you would be wishing me joy."

It seems to me that this quote very aptly describes the difference between men and women. I have known very many young men who thought that they were just being a friend and yet the young lady was definately taking it as more than friendship. Although warned, the young men just couldn't believe that girls could think that way. Not that this is always the case, but I have observed this to happen in more than one instance.


Javamom said...

The "fine eyes" lines are some of the ones that were not in the newest film version of P & P. I missed them! I wish this newer one had been longer and could have included more detail, because it was beautiful on so many levels.

The book is fantastic. One of our copies has a lot of letters of Jane Austen's and some of her sisters re: the book's details. It also contains an interview with Colin Firth and with the director of the A & E, 6-video version. Very nice to get an inside look into why the included or changed some of the things in that particular project.

Enjoy finishing the book! Dd and I both had to read it again after we saw the newest version on the big screen last Nov.


Headmistress, zookeeper said...

Oh, I'm so glad you're reading the book! It was wonderful, and you are so right- girls do think like that far too easily and boys are too unwilling to believe it.