You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you...."
Don't you just love it?? Well, I do! I remember back in 1995, I was in Year 9 English Class and my lovely and favourite teacher Libby devoted a whole term to Pride and Prejudice and we watched the BBC adaptation... which was only just released.
Of course I was too young to realise the full power of this story but I was fond of any love story!
But a few months ago, I purchased the book and it sat idle on my shelf. Then a few weeks ago I found myself with nothing to read and hence it started. I will not tell a lie...I struggled at first. I usually only read at night, at the end of a long day and perhaps this was not ideal when one is getting one's head around the language in which Ms Austen uses. The subtleties in the plot and development of character is delivered in such a crafty way, that I found myself having to re-read passages over and over until finally I understood.
Once I got part way in, I was hooked and found it a joy to read! Of course I then had to re-watch the BBC version again - which solidified my love for this classic love story. It was strange, but even though you know the ending, I was concerned the broody, proud and mysterious Mr Darcy and the bright and eloquant Ms Elizabeth Bennet wouldn't know of each others love and not get together.
Luckily - they do! The gorgeous Colin Firth is just a dreamy Mr Darcy and Jennifer Elhe is the perfect Lizzy! One of my favourite scenes is Lizzy's rejection of Mr Darcys first proposal to her. He was certain of a favourable answer - my goodness how wrong he was. Despite all his fortune she brings him back down to earth with the shattering truth of how to be a gentleman! My other favourite scene is of course his being caught by surprise by Lizzy after taking a swim in the lake and his subsequent change of character that ensues.
Now a little search of 'Pride and Prejudice' on Etsy yeilded this result for any other fans out there!!
Do you have a passion for Classic films or novels? if so, do share...