PRIDE AND PREJUDICE… THE CLASSIC REVISITED

I have spent the past few months in England with a girl absolutely passionate about Pride and Prejudice. The whole thing. When I say passionate, I’m talking about somebody who sees everything through Pride and Prejudice, whose life revolves around Mr Darcy and Lizzie. Plan to go on a tour to London, next hing you know, you find yourself in a double-decker red bus and as you’re stopped at a traffic light, you read a sign “Gracechurch Street” (one of the streets in the novel); or you’re just doing something on her computer and suddenly, the screenplayer shows up with Lizzie walking off the church holding Darcy’s arm. By the way, do not mention the latest film adaptation of Jane Austen’s work, that would be a sin! And this is not even the beginning!!!

So as it always happens in those cases, I somehow got contaminated. Oh, it’s not such a bad case, but still… May I hsare with you some of my new discoveries about the story?🙂

GAME

Ok so first, here is a game that you play while watching the BBC version (unquestionably the best screen version of the work):

 

Pride and Prejudice Movie Props

General non-specific actions:

 

  1. Darcy Moments: Before each tape, each participant must relate her favorite Darcy moment. When it comes, we will stop the tape for everyone to sigh and drool.
  2. Slapping Miss Bingley: Whenever Miss B says or does something that makes us want to smack her, we clap our hands together and yell “SLAP!” We can also keep a running tally to see how much money has been raised for the Bennet girls dowries (see old BB thread “Slapping Miss Bingley”)
  3. Use coconuts or other horsey sounds whenever there are horses galloping.
  4. Flutter lace hanky along with Mrs. Bennet
  5. Water pistols whenever it is raining or Darcy gets WET.
  6. Daggy Tally
  7. Anything in quotes is spoken together

PROPS
  1. water pistols
  2. horsey sounds
  3. tape measure
  4. flashlight/lighter
  5. evergreens
  6. lace handkerchief

Tape One

Props needed:

  • horsey sounds
  • water pistol
  • tape measure
  • bubbles

 

  1. “For a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife”
  2. Darcy’s first entrance: sigh “Ah…..Darcy…..”
  3. “No lace! No lace Mrs. Bennet, I beg you!”
  4. “I should as soon call her mother a wit”
  5. Join in on Lizzy’s Darcy imitation: “She is tolerable…” etc.
  6. “I long for a ball!”
  7. “I am all astonishment!”
  8. “Ah-mmmmmmmmmmmm”
  9. “On foot?!”
  10. Hiss “Cheapside!”
  11. Break out tape measures during talk of dear Georgiana’s height.
  12. Snigger with the Superior Sisters after Mrs. Bennet brags of dining with four and twenty families.
  13. Blow bubbles when Darcy is in baaaaath.
  14. Make doggy noises when Lizzy is playing with Bingley’s dog: “Here boy. Fetch. Roll over.” etc.
  15. Mass groan when the valet holds up the robe after the baaaath.
  16. “Shocking! Abominable reply!”
Tape Two

Props needed:

 

  • horsey sounds
  • flashlight/lighter
  • lace hanky

 

  1. Do Lydia snort.
  2. “Have a care Dawkins.”
  3. Make drooly noises as Mary when she looks lustfully at Mr. Collins.
  4. Buzzers, beeps, whistles, “We have a winner!” etc. when Mr. Collins fixes his eyes upon Lizzy as his choice.
  5. When Wickham is introduced by Denny “Boo! Hiss!”
  6. When Darcy sees Wickham sing menacing “Da, da dum dum, DA!”
  7. “Oh! Mr. Collins!”
  8. Yell “Liar, liar, pants on fire!” after Wickham says that the son refused to honor the wishes of the father.
  9. Raise hand and say “Pick me! Pick me!” speaking as Mary when Mr. Collins is soliciting hands for dancing.
  10. “Her Ladyship is fond of a good blaze, then.” and turn on flashlight or cigarette lighter.
  11. “Other Way, Mr. Collins!”
  12. “I would by no means suspend any pleasure of yours.”
  13. Half sing-along-with-Mary “Slumber, dear maid,” half howl with dogs.
  14. “Oh, Mr. Bennet!”
  15. Try to warn Charlotte as she enters Longbourn, “Don’t do it Charlotte!, You’ll be sorry!” etc.

Tape Three

Props needed:

  • horsey sounds
  • lace hanky
  1. “The stupidest man in England!”
  2. “Let us flatter ourselves that I will outlive you.”
  3. “Oh Sister!”
  4. Heave a heavy sigh after Jane says that Mr. Bingley no longer cares for her.
  5. “Shelves in the closet? Happy thought indeed.”
  6. Bee buzzing noises when the Collins beehive is seen.
  7. Mimic the Collins hand to mouth thing– what did we call that?
  8. “What–all five out at once?”
  9. “Make haste, make haste!”
  10. “And, if I had ever learnt, I would have been a true proficient!”
  11. “We niether of us perform to strangers.”
  12. “What is 50 miles of good road?” accompanied by horsey sounds.
  13. Lustful group sigh after “…how ardently…I love you.”

Tape Four

Props needed:

  • horsey sounds
  • water pistols

 

  1. Group gasp of horror at Wickham in Cambridge.
  2. “Ouch!” When Darcy snuffs out candle.
  3. “Insufferable!”
  4. Immitate Collins hushing thing (what did we call that?)
  5. “I am excessively attentive to all those things.”
  6. “I am quite put out!”
  7. Group “Eeeewwwww!!” when Collins gives his little tee-hee wave to Charlotte.
  8. Make arguing sister noises for Lydia and Kitty in carriage.
  9. Sigh, “A whole campful of soldiers!”
  10. “A little sea-bathing would set me up forever.”
  11. “Oh! I want to go to Brighton!!”
  12. “Take every opportunity of enjoying yourself.” don’t worry, she will.
  13. “I shall conquer this. I shall!”
  14. Hum the stripper song as Darcy undresses at the pond.
  15. Water Pistols Galore!
  16. Say “Where is she?” when Darcy looks for Lizzy.
  17. “Can you not?”
  18. Huge group sigh as Lizzy looks back at Darcy from the carriage.

Tape 5

Props needed:

  • horsey sounds
  • lace hanky

 

  1. Stop tape for MAJOR sigh/drool moment during The Look.
  2. Make cat noises (meow, hiss, etc.) during Caroline’s speech after the dinner.
  3. “A good girl that.”
  4. Sigh, “I shall never see him again.”
  5. “What?!” Group Caroline slap.
  6. “For she does not know which are the best warehouses!”
  7. “You are most grievously to be pitied.”
  8. “I am very, very sorry for you all.”
  9. Gleefully, “Debauches, intrigues, seductions!”
  10. “Oh Sister!” several times
  11. Clutch bosom to avoid spillage as Lizzy runs to her father
  12. “Read on!” several times
  13. “You think that Jane, if it gives you comfort.”

Tape Six

Props needed:

  • horsey sounds
  • evergreens
  • bubbles

 

  1. “I do not see that! Why should I see that? Why should that be?”
  2. “Let me enlighten you at once.”
  3. After Lizzy says, we are brother and sister after all, say “Just as long as you know, that I know!”
  4. Catcalls (jerk. moron. get out of here, etc) after Wickham says “Au revoir.”
  5. “Then go to it.”
  6. “Hill! Hill! Where is Hill?” several times
  7. “He has 5,000 a year!”
  8. “Is this to be endured? It shall not be!”
  9. “Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?”
  10. “I am most seriously displeased!”
  11. Insincere, nervous laughter “ha ha ha” after Mr. Bennet says “Are you not diverted?”
  12. Huge group sigh after “Dearest, loveliest Elizabeth.”
  13. Toss evergreens at Lizzy’s cleavage
  14. “Aaaaaaahhhh…..” at The Kiss.
  15. As carriage leaves, horsey sounds, bubbles, flashlights, whatever, let ‘er rip!  

 

QUOTES

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.

–Chapter 1

I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.

–Chapter 5

If a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal it, he must find it out.

–Chapter 6

 

A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment.

–Chapter 6

Nothing is more deceitful … than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.

–Chapter 10

It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are the result of previous study?

–Chapter 14

It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first.

–Chapter 18

 

Adieu to disappointment and spleen. What are men to rocks and mountains?

–Chapter 27

Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing after all.

–Chapter 27

More than once did Elizabeth, in her ramble within the park, unexpectedly meet Mr. Darcy. She felt all the perverseness of the mischance that should bring him where no one else was brought, and, to prevent its ever happening again, took care to inform him at first that it was a favourite haunt of hers. How it could occur a second time, therefore, was very odd! Yet it did, and even a third. It seemed like wilful ill-nature, or a voluntary penance, for on these occasions it was not merely a few formal inquiries and an awkward pause and then away, but he actually thought it necessary to turn back and walk with her.

–Chapter 33

I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle. As a child I was taught what was right, but I was not taught to correct my temper. I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit. Unfortunately an only son (for many years an only child), I was spoilt by my parents, who, though good themselves (my father, particularly, all that was benevolent and amiable), allowed, encouraged, almost taught me to be selfish and overbearing; to care for none beyond my own family circle; to think meanly of all the rest of the world; to wish at least to think meanly of their sense and worth compared with my own. Such I was, from eight to eight and twenty; and such I might still have been but for you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth! What do I not owe you! You taught me a lesson, hard indeed at first, but most advantageous. By you, I was properly humbled. I came to you without a doubt of my reception. You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.

–Chapter 58

I cannot fix on the hour, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.

–Chapter 60

You were disgusted with the women who were always speaking and looking, and thinking for your approbation alone. I roused, and interested you, because I was so unlike them.

–Chapter 60

12 thoughts on “PRIDE AND PREJUDICE… THE CLASSIC REVISITED

  1. Among men and women, those in love do not always announce themselves with declarations and vows. But they are the ones who weep when you’re gone. Who miss you every single night, especially when the sky is so deep and beautiful, and the ground so very cold.AliceHoffmanAlice Hoffman

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