From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Besides being trotted out for the opening of every news article containing anything vaguely related to Pride and Prejudice, its author, its characters, its plot or any other self-serving cause, I have seen this famous first line from the novel on T shirts, mugs, book bags and stationary. It is indeed a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice is a phenomenon!
Exalted by scholars and embraced by the masses, Pride and Prejudice is indeed a literary treasure for the everyman. In this year of its 200th birthday, the outpouring of celebration in the press, online and in print confirms our longstanding love affair and addiction. We just can’t get enough of it.
Just in time for the year-long festivities is Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece, an in-depth exploration of Jane Austen’s classic novel by Susannah Fullerton. At 240 pages, it is packed full of text and many full-color illustrations—something for everyone from the novice reader to veteran Janeite. The volume covers a range of topics as the chapters are broken down by categories such as the writing of, the reactions to, the style of, the heroine, the hero, illustrations, sequels and adaptations, theatrical versions, and, of course a whole chapter devoted to the famous opening line quoted above.
My “first impressions” of this tribute to one of my favorite novels was the stunning cover resplendent with the plume of a peacock (the iconic symbol or pride) and appropriately in peacock blue! They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but I do. If a publisher does not care enough about that “first impression” then why should I buy their book? Flipping through the pages the overall design is polished and each of the illustration is credited. Huzzah! And boy do the illustrations pop. Each page has something iconic or new, even to this die-hard Austen book collector who owns numerous illustrated editions of Pride and Prejudice dating back to the 1890’s!
Fullerton discusses every aspect of this novel imaginable, but one subject is of particular interest to me: Sequels and Adaptations. Are you surprised dear reader? Yes, I have read a few Austen-inspired novels in my day and can appreciate Fullerton’s keen eye for the sublime and the ridiculous and the “uses and abuses” by many. She does however look at the phenomena of the Austen spinoff with her tongue firmly set in her cheek; occasionally taking a painful stab.
“There is only one Pride and Prejudice and for many readers, that is simply not enough. They want more! And if Jane Austen could imagine lives for her characters after the ending of her novel – a clergyman husband for Kitty and one of Uncle Philip’s clerks for Mary – why should not other authors do the same?” (155)
Many could argue the point, and do, but Fullerton is celebrating Pride and Prejudice and its impact on readers and culture, warts and all. She goes on to enlighten us on the differences between mixed sequels such as Old Friends and New Fancies, by Sybil Briton (misspelled Brunton), continuations like A Match for Mary Bennet, by Eucharista Ward, “Jane Austen would surely have been the first to scoff at such Evangelical claptrap,” (ouch) and retellings and their variation the “what if” like Fitzwilliam Darcy An Honourable Man, by Brenda Webb. However, we were not amused when her historical outline turned into finger pointing and our eyebrows often reached our hairline over such statements as…
“Abigail Reynolds has written “A Pemberley Medley of five variations of Darcy’s story, and Mary Simonsen has had at least three goes at making Darcy do what she wants him to do. Perhaps readers should pause over Mr. Darcy Takes the Plunge to ask what depths this hero must be further expected to plumb?” (160)
The chapter continues with explorations of Austen-inspired mysteries, paranormal, children’s adaptation, chick lit and regencies, and pornographic novels. Fullerton states that no other novel has inspired so many prequels, sequels etc. than Pride and Prejudice. She bluntly asks if these other books are vital to the enjoyment of the original or “simply derivative rubbish we can all live without?” and then softens her blow in the last line of the chapter,
“For with Pride and Prejudice it has turned out that “The End” was really just the beginning.” (173)
Fullerton has supplied her view of a great novel and given us a volume to treasure and debate. I greatly enjoyed the details and images, and most of the observations in this tribute, yet I have come away feeling my heart divided between admiration and resentment for the author. Could it be that our “personal” Pride and Prejudice and its characters are so deeply entrenched in the hearts of many, and interpreted so differently by most, that others will be at odds with her choices too? Am I pulling a Lizzy Bennet and “not making allowance enough for difference of situation and temper”? Quite possibly, but I will not let it ruin my happiness. Celebrating Pride and Prejudice is a must read this year, if only to rejoice in our differences of opinion and laugh in our turn.
4 out of 5 Stars
- Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece, by Susannah Fullerton
- Voyageur Press (2013)
- Hardcover (240) pages
- ISBN: 978-0760344361
- Genre: Literary Criticism
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We received a review copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Austenprose is an Amazon affiliate. Cover image courtesy of Voyageur © 2013; text Laurel Ann Nattress © 2013, austenprose.com. Updated 13 March 2022.
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment Like reading! How much sooner one tire of any thing than of a book!”
I got this book when it was listed on this Challenge. I read it in 2 days. It is wonderful!!! Go – read it! Thanks Laurel for bringing this gem to my attention
Now I’m even more curious to read this book, because I suspect I won’t agree with Fullerton’s opinions. Especially those relating to the sequels. Very interesting.
It’s hard to pick a favorite P&P quote, but mine would probably have to be: “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment.” =) Thanks for the giveaway!
Is it permissable to cite the entire book as my “favorite quote?” No? Well, since I love so many, I’ll just use the first one that pops into mind since I myself am in the process of purchasing my own Estate (*cough*hovel*cough*) and am dire need of a good library:
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
Also, my second review for the P&P Challenge 2013 can be found at http://dozmuffinxc.livejournal.com/365537.html. I reviewed “Austenland” by Shannon Hale.
I love Austenland, I have yet to read its sequel so I can not say if it is better than first book yet
I am waiting , impatiently, for movie to be come out
I am really excited about the movie too Patricia. It premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in Jan and I hope it will be in theaters this summer. I loved the book and the sequel!
I didn’t even know there was a sequel! I did my first bicentenary review on Austenland, so I might have to read that one. Thanks!
I often come to this blog when I am writing. You provide excellent information for the era.
Having only recently finished my second read of P&P, I have not yet found my “favorite quote” but,suspect one will be found in future readings. Just now I need to thank Jordan F. for an interesting review of “Austenland” which is my latest completed novel. Hope you are right, Jordan, about the release of the
film adaptation, although I can’t imagine Jane Seymour as Mrs. Wasterbrook.
Jane Seymour was a surprise casting for me too. She is a good actress, I hope she can pull it off.
He is a gentleman and I am a gentleman’s daughter. So far we are equal.
One of my fav quotes too Ellie. The whole scene with Elizabeth and Lady Catherine contains some the sharpest dialogue ever written.I always read it am in complete amazement.
A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.
“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense.” Lizzie speaking to Jane-Ch 24.
Probably my favorite quote of all time.
It’s so hard to just pick one favorite quote!!! Here’s one of my many favorites:
“My beauty you had early withstood, and as for my manners–my behaviour to you was at least always bordering on the unvicil, and I never spoke to you without rather wishing to give you pain than not. Now be sincere; did you admire me for my impertinence?”
“For the liveliness of your mind, I did.”
My favorite: “To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love”
Wow! Fair & balanced review, Laurel Ann. Ms Fullerton didnt seem to hold back in regards to her opinion of fanfiction. (Well, she probably did hold back for the sake of not alienating everyone…) I for one love the spin offs, retellings, what ifs, etc. — and only blast them when I just don’t like the writing or story– like any other book I might read and review, regardless of genre. I can’t help but hear in my head MrTilney talking about enjoyment of a good book… But then again I am not an Austen scholar– just a great reader who knows what I like. However I will no doubt still buy this for my own collection…
O my favorite P&P quote: “I cannot comprehend the neglect of a family library in days such as these.” Darcy also “Obstinant headstrong girl” Lady Catherine
My favorite quote: “A person may be proude without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
I just love these kinds of books! I think it enhances the reading of the actual novel because it opens my mind to other possibilities than my own interpretation and allows me to go beyond my own understand. I would love to read this! Looking for it now.
I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite awhile now! Thank you for the great review.
It is too hard to choose a favorite but I do like Darcy and Elizabeth’s entire exchange while dancing at Netherfield.
Favorite quote? How can I choose just one?
My second review was of the DVD with Kiera Knightly–and it took the director’s commentary to understand why it felt a bit “off” to me. http://homecomingbook.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/review-of-pride-and-prejudice-dvd-ian1/
It’s impossible to choose just one, though I am partial to the opening sentence and all its variations–seems like everyone has used it at one time or the other. What an interesting book, made all the more interesting by its cover.
“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?” I like to think of my life as a comedy, I think it is because I abide by this quote…though not in the same circumstances in which Mr. Bennet said it.
Asking me for my favorite quote from P & P is like asking me what my favorite food is. Nevertheless, here’s a good one in ch 11 from, of all people, Miss Bingley that I actually agree with:
“….”How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library…..”
(of course at the time she said this she was merely trying to coax Mr. Darcy into a conversation and had absolutely no interest in the book she was holding!)
My favorite P&P quote comes from Mr. Bennet:
“An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.”
I think one of my favorites is from Mr. Bennet, too.
“Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then.”
Here’s my February book for the challenge!
“What are men to rocks and mountains?” is my favorite. It didn’t make it into the 1995 and 2005 film versions, and I saw them long before I read the book, so it really took me by surprise when I came across it. It’s just so Lizzy!
Here’s my February review for the challenge!
I love that quote too. It is in the 1980 version.
“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love”
I have only read PandP once (!), so do not yet have a favorite quote. But I have been busy reading fanfiction!
Here is my February review for the bicentenary challenge: http://www.triciaskitchenandbeyond.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-pride-and-prejudice-bicentenary.html?m=1
For what do we live, but to make sport of our neighbors, and laugh at them at our turn?
Isn’t this human nature at it’s peak?
I won’t say it’s my absolute favorite, but very wise and not often quoted. “They are young in the ways of the world, and not yet open to the mortifying conviction that handsome young men must have something to live on as well as the plain.”
I cannot come up with a specific quote, blame my Lyme Disease for that, but the period after they meet up at Pemberley that was so unexpected for both parties, allowed Elizabeth to see changes wrought on Darcy and then her time waiting for her sister Lydia to get sorted out and the mortification that Lydia brought to her family allowed her to process that she really did love Darcy, and you’ve got my favorite section. Both changed, not because they expected to have the opportunity to see each other again and prove to each other that they’d altered their ways because of the other, but because each of them realized that their own characters had been flawed in their relationship and change was needed on each part not to try to “get” the other, but because it was just that their characters should be made to see their deficiencies and work to correct them, whether they ever saw each other again or not. Each had a character that was shaped by strong morals and each chose to bring their own lives into line with those characters they saw they needed to be, as a response to their religion and to their fellow man.
“My good qualities are under your protection, and you are to exaggerate them as much as possible.”
That ranks among my favorites, but Pride & Prejudice is one of those books with so many quotes I find fitting to various moods and situations as to be worth returning to often for inspiration.
As part of the Bicentenary Challenge I reviewed Pulse & Prejudice over at my website for February:
How does one pick a favorite Pride and Prejudice quote? It’s impossible, I tell you! “I am extremely put out.” :)
I’ll say “Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her.” I can just imagine how Lizzy would be feeling after finding out Darcy had helped Lydia!
The Pride and Prejudice Bicentennial Challenge #4
This month our book club is reading Persuasion. It’s is my second favorite Jane Austen novel. (After Pride and Prejudice, of course) I can’t count how many times I’ve read it, but each time I read it I love it even more. On this read, I’m concentrating on Anne’s emotions. I feel for her, having to keep such strong feelings to herself while seeing the Capt. almost daily and watching him with Louisa and Henreitta.
In our club there are 2 who have not read Persuasion before. So I’m so excited to see what they will think. Maybe we can persuade them to read more Austen. Future Janeite’s in the future?
I do not have a blog, so please tell me if this is not the right place to add the challenge updates. I’ll be happy to move it if necessary. Thanks, Felicia
I enjoyed reading your review and I’ll have to check out this new to me book. Thanks!
Book reviews for my challenge numbers posted at Good Reads:
1. Darcy’s Decision http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/472401890
2. The Man Who Loved Jane Austen http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/478349559
3. Pies and Prejudice http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/509656343
4. A Walk in the Meadows at Rosings Park http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/531165703
I am now 5/9 for my goal. Yay!
wow. way to go Sophia Rose !
This book sounds really great. My new reviews is on – http://250pp.blogspot.co.at/2013/02/1.html
I hope you enjoy it – its in german
left my link to my 1st review yesterday.. not sure where or when it will show up , but trying again … Review of P&P movie with Keira/MacFadyen Thanks!
oh, and here is my review of Pride and Prejudice. Am I cheating? I commented twice…. oops. http://bettieleetwo.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/pride-and-prejudice-by-jane-austen/
Sounds like an interesting book, but I know I wouldn’t agree with her views about the Austen-inspired novels. Ah, well, everyone is entitled to their opinion!
I’ve posted a few more P&P-inspired reviews for the challenge:
The graphic novel by Nancy Butler: http://diaryofaneccentric.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/review-jane-austens-pride-prejudice-marvel-illustrated-by-nancy-butler-and-hugo-petrus/
The Man Who Loved Jane Austen by Sally Smith O’Rourke: http://diaryofaneccentric.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/review-the-man-who-loved-jane-austen-by-sally-smith-orourke/
Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen by Sally Smith O’Rourke (this review will go live tomorrow): http://diaryofaneccentric.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/review-yours-affectionately-jane-austen-by-sally-smith-orourke/
“I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.”
And my Bicentennial Challenge entry for the month: http://bookhoarding.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/book-review-everybodys-jane/
Choose ONE favorite quote from the book? Impossible! But, here is one that always gets me aflutter with relief that they are finally straightening out their feelings: “If you will thank me, he replied, let it be for yourself alone… I thought only of you.”
And, here is my challenge entry from my blog; http://www.mechamrcfam.blogspot.com
So many great quotes to choose from and so many great ones already taken! Her’s my contribution:
“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
I also reviewed Austenland by Shannon Hale for this month. What a great find! Didn’t realize it was a series until reading the above comments – will have to get the other books, now. here’s my review:
As others have said, there are so many wonderful quotes and many of my favorites have been mentioned here… How fun to read them all! :-) A quote I have long enjoyed is “Shelves in the closet… happy thought indeed!” It was Lizzie’s response to Mr. Collins on being shown to her room when staying with Charlotte and him in the 1995 movie, but when I went to look it up in the book, it wasn’t there… However, Mr. Collins does on his first trip to Longborn, tell how Lady Catherine had recommended changes in his “humble abode” including shelves in the closet upstairs. And I thought putting it in Lizzie’s mouth was a perfect fit for her humor and liveliness!
And thank you, Laurel for this fine review of this book… which I purchased after learning about it on your blog, and I have nearly finished it. I will enter my comment today or tomorrow as my February challenge entry…. And hope I write my comments in the right place… Is this the place to leave them? THANK YOU! What a world discovering your blog has opened up to me!!
The opening line will always be my favorite :-)
Love the cover of this book. Crossing my fingers and hoping to win a copy! It’s a must-read this year.
I’d love to read this book! It sounds right up my alley; I love meta-books.
My second and third reviews are blogged now:
teen romances: http://aem-physicsgirl.blogspot.ca/2013/02/in-which-physicsgirl-takes-dive-into.html
and an emphatically-not-for-teen romance: http://aem-physicsgirl.blogspot.ca/2013/02/if-title-is-silly-i-must-hope-to-be.html
OH! And on of my favourite quotes from P&P is this one: “Elizabeth, having rather expected to affront him, was amazed at his gallantry; but there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult for her to affront anybody; and Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her.”
Here is my review of The Bad Miss Bennet. #3 in the reading challenge.
Forgot the URL!!:
Thanks so much, Laurel Ann, for your great review of my book. Of course I was fascinated to read your comments.
I do seem to have started some interesting discussion with my chapter on sequels, adaptations etc. It’s not that I detest all of them – I don’t at all! I have really enjoyed reading many sequels, and I especially like modern adaptations, such as ‘Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field’. I think that once authors have been freed from the constraint of having to write in the Regency style, then they can tell a much better story. However, surely even your most ardent sequel readers will agree that they all fade into insignificance in comparison with the original novel. Will a single one of those sequels still be read in 200 years? I’m quite sure they will not!
And I think those who have commented on your website will also agree that there are some dreadful sequels out there. When characters who are supposed to be Regency ladies and gentlemen say ‘Oh Shit’ or ‘Hop to it’ to each other, one loses all belief in them. There are many self-published sequels where no editor has removed mistakes or improved the quality of the writing. I did not condemn every sequel because there are some dreadful ones out there.
In that chapter I did not of course have space to do justice to the great range of sequels etc now available – all I could do was list them, give some idea of the different categories they fall into, and make a few general remarks. I gave my personal opinions and others are entirely free to disagree.
However, do please note that this is only one of many many chapters in my book, so do read it if you want to find out more about the hero and heroine, the translations, the covers and illustrations the book has been given, the merchandise it has generated, the first sentence, and so much more. I look forward to congratulating the lucky winner of the giveaway copy.
I have particularly enjoyed this discussion, as “Celebrating Pride and Prejudice… ” was my reading selection for this month’s challenge. I did indeed find much to deepen my enjoyment and knowledge of Jane Austen’s beloved novel as Laurel Ann pointed out, and I too loved all the illustrations with helpful captions, as well as the coverage of the famous first line, and the major characters of the story! I was especially interested to learn how the first translations into other cultures was so difficult and not very faithfully done… The title and Austen’s wonderful ironies did not translate or fit other cultures… even European ones, where ideas of what was proper for a women prohibited so much of what makes our precious Elizabeth so outstanding… and thus spoiled the point of the whole novel, it seems to me! It shows again how much ahead of her time, Jane was! It now has been better understood and appreciated by many many different cultures, and it’s light will surely continue to light the way for generations to come!
Actually, my favorite Jane Austen quote is from a letter she wrote to her sister: “This hot weather keeps me in a constant state of inelegance.” Your review of Celebrating P & P has made me want to read it, so I’m going to add that to my roster. I’m still updating my February post for this challenge. I decided to devote February to sampling some of the many titles that are out there so I can select the ones to read for this challenge. Since I’m new to the “beyond P & P” arena, I need time to figure it out. The direct link to that post is: http://www.squidoo.com/pride-and-prejudice-bicentenary#module164916381 and all of my posts will be on that page, each with its own section.
I finished my second selection for the Austenprose Pride and Prejudice challenge on my blog: http://sharee-myway.blogspot.com/ I read Pride and Prejudice and the Zombies, but I hope to catch up with all the Austen books accumulating on my bedside table so I can read some newer selections that you are reviewing.
And here’s the quote from Pride and Prejudice that makes me laugh everytime I read it:
“An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.”
And here’s hoping I win that hardcover copy of Celebrating Pride and Prejudice, by Susannah Fullerton!
I finished my second and third selection for this challenge.
Darcy Goes to War: http://forloveofausten.blogspot.com/2013/02/darcy-goes-to-war-book-review.html
and Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Darling Child: http://forloveofausten.blogspot.com/2013/02/book-review-of-celebrating-pride-and.html
Please do not enter me for the giveaway, Laurel Ann since I don’t live in US.
My favorite quote is “…and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the
last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.”
“Till this moment, I never knew myself.” –Elizabeth Bennet
Favorite quote … just one? Let’s go with: “Well, my comfort is, I am sure Jane will die of a broken heart, and then he will be sorry for what he has done.”
I’m really looking forward to reading this book, but it’s disheartening to know I will once again be subjected to dated prejudices against self-published and genre writers when I do.
Here is my second review for the challenge. I read The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy by Regina Jeffers:
Sounds great. Thank you
This is my favorite quote from my last re-read: “Mr. Collins had only to change from Jane to Elizabeth—and it was soon done—done while Mrs. Bennet was stirring the fire.”
I highlighted it because when I read it I realized what it is I love about Jane Austen’s writing style. Just this simple sentence adds to the illustration of how ridiculous Mr. Collins is in such a quick and humorous way.
Lovely giveaway. Thanks!!
This was the first book that I read for the challenge. Here is the link to my review at Goodreads. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/541706979
I have read three others and will post a link as soon as I have the reviews up. I am still ‘trying’ to get a blog going.
I can’t really pick a single favorite, but one of my favorites is, ““Till this moment, I never knew myself.” I think it really demonstrates how Elizabeth is growing as a person. My second review for the challenge is on the 1980 BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice: http://lingeringpianist.blogspot.com/2013/02/p-challenge-1980-bbc-miniseries.html
It’s so hard to pick a favorite quote, although I named my blog “obstinate headstrong girl” as I adore the dialogue exchanged by Elizabeth and Lady Catherine. I also love when Elizabeth begins to realize the dramatic change in her feelings for Darcy (after visiting Pemberley) “She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her.”
My second challenge review – the Pride and Prejudice movies – http://obstinateheadstronggirl.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/february-pride-and-prejudice-the-movies/
My favorite quote would also be “obstinate, headstrong girl!”
For my second Bicenteniary Challenge review, I offer up the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I know you’ve been reviewing them on your site recently, which is how I got into them. I watched all 90 episodes in 6 days – I’m completely addicted! I love that Jane actually becomes a much more independent and stronger person after Bing leaves, and that Lydia is far more real and likeable than the original (no offense, Miss Austen!! You’re still the greatest authoress ever!!). Lizzie and Charlotte are great and play off each other so well, and the re-enactments are hilarious!! The series stays true to the spirit of the original, with all the same themes, which really just goes to show how transcendent the story really is – that you can take the characters and events and easily update them without losing any of the original’s lessons and beauty.
Here is my first review for the challenge:
I have also watched the mini-series from 1995.
For this months review I have re-read the original, my review is here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/324463114
Here’s my second review of the year: http://northmum.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/jane-austens-pride-and-prejudice-bbc-dvd-set-pride-and-prejudice-bicentenary-challenge-february/
Here is the link to my blog that I now have set up for reviewing in this challenge! Thanks, Laurel Ann, for the push that I needed to get the blog done!
The above is the review for my first selection, ‘The Darcys and the Bingleys’ by Marsha Altman, which I previously posted the link to Goodreads.
It is a trust universally acknowledged that friendships forged over a love of Jane Austen last forever!
As Godmother to Nicole’s youngest daughter, Jacinta bought her her first copy of Pride and Prejudice. The counting board book is simple but captures the sweetness of the story – 1 English village, 2 Young Gentlemen, 3 Houses, 4 Marriage Proposals, 5 Sisters…. 10 thousand a year!
We are passing our love of Lizzy & Darcy on to the next generation.
My third Review on the challenge – Pride and Prejudice
Complete and unabridged CD set
Read by Lindsay Duncan – 2008
ISBN 978 1 4056 4756 4
I surprised myself as I did not think I would enjoy being read to. I did enjoy it immensely as I ironed the clothes I listened to the beautiful voice of Lindsay Duncan as she read the all too familiar passages and got most of the dialogue sounding just right to my ears.
I loved the fact that bits that I might skim over as I read come to life. For instance Elizabeth as she reads the letter from Mr Darcy reflects on her father and his part in how Bingley is separarated from Jane
“Elizabeth however, had never been blind to the impropriety of her father’s behaviour as a husband. She had always seen it with pain; but respecting his abilities, and grateful for his affectionate treatment of herself, she endeavoured to forget what she could not overlook, and to banish from her thoughts that continual breach of conjugal obligation and decorum which, in exposing his wife to the contempt of her own children, was so highly reprehensible.”
Little bits like the fact that Elizabeth, Kitty and Mr Darcy are advised by Mrs Bennet to walk to Oakham Mount as it is a long way to stroll. Mrs Bennet is desperate to get space for Mr Bingley and Jane to be alone. This of course also suits Elizabeth even better when Mr Bingley suggests to Kitty that she will not enjoy so long a walk as this and will do better to stay at Longbourn. Mr Darcy and Elizabeth can then going walk supposedly just to enjoy the view from the Mount which Mr Darcy expresses a great desire to see.
I enjoyed again the irony of the book which seemed to come out in so well in this reading. I relished Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Elizabeth sparring and Lady Catherine saying that she knows everything that needs to be known about Lydia and her elopement when she does not know anything at all in reality.
The set pieces like “Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?” I waited for delighted in. I got more out of them as I realised that Lady Catherine is complaining about Elizabeth’s connections and about Lydia
You are a gentleman’s daughter. But who was your mother? (Lady Catherine enquires rhetorically)Who are your uncles and aunts? Do not imagine me ignorant of their condition.”
Elizabeth wants to make a the conversation to end
Your ladyship wants Mr. Darcy to marry your daughter; but would my giving you the wished-for promise make their marriage at all more probable? … I must beg, therefore, to be importuned no farther on the subject.”
but Lady Catherine continues
Not so hasty, if you please. I have by no means done. To all the objections I have already urged, I have still another to add. I am no stranger to the particulars of your youngest sister’s infamous elopement. I know it all; that the young man’s marrying her was a patched-up business, at the expense of your father and uncles. And is such a girl to be my nephew’s sister? Is her husband, is the son of his late father’s steward, to be his brother? Heaven and earth! — of what are you thinking? Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?”
I savoured Mr Collin’s proposal to Elizabeth and like Elizabeth stifled a giggle about Mr Collins running away with his feelings
But before I am run away (says Mr Collins) with by my feelings on this subject, perhaps it will be advisable for me to state my reasons for marrying — and moreover for coming into Hertfordshire with the design of selecting a wife, as I certainly did.”
The irony came out for me with the way Lindsay Duncan read. I had not appreciated for example the full awfulness of the statement until I heard it read
Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters.
Was there anything for me to dislike? I was not sure I liked the voice inflections for Mrs Bennet but this is such a personal thing and did not spoil my overall enjoyment.
Not sure I would go as far as to say I began to enjoy doing my ironing but it certainly made the chore more pleasant.
Hello. I’m sorry I am psting this only now, but here it is:
No problem Natallie, thanks for participating in the challenge.
Hmm…not sure about a favourite line maybe, “It taught me to hope,” said he, ” as I had scarcely ever allowed myself to hope before.” It melts my heart!
Here’s my second entry for the challenge. :)
Challenge review #2! http://lifeand100books.com/2013/02/27/kims-review-of-loving-miss-darcy-brides-of-pemberley-2-by-nancy-kelley/
I continue to enjoy this challenge and your reviews! My second entry is the completion of my reread of “Pride & Prejudice”. Such an inspiration as I have just registered to join the tour in September.
My third entry into this challenge is here. It’s a bunchof thoughts on one of the movie versions :-)
Having a TON Of problems posting here. I am not a WordPress member but its still asking me for a password.
My first entry is a review of the 1940 version of Pride and Prejudice. I was “excessively diverted!”
Sorry about the posting problems. I haven’t had anyone else mention it. I am glad this one worked. LA
I also reviewed the 1940 P&P film for my first P&P Challenge review. Here is the link:
Challenge review #3! http://wp.me/p18lIL-1Fr
A Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan
This is a reread for me and I loved it just as much as the first time! Ms Aidan writes about P&P from Darcy’s perspective, and this is the first installment of three books. She devides the story into three parts. We get to hear Darcy’s thoughts and reactions in Hertfordshire, at the Assembly and at Netherfield. The story ends as they leave Netherfield.
Duty & Disire by Pamela Aidan
Again this a reread for me and I just loved the intrigue. In the original P&P we don’t know what Darcy does during those months away from Elizabeth. Well Ms Aidan definitely comes up with some exciting and dangerous this for Darcy. We also get to see his interaction with his sister Georgiana. And we meet a few suspect characters. Loved the mystery that was added to this story plausiable or not. It was exciting. The story leaves off when he returns to London before he goes to Kent.
These Three Remain by Pamela Aidan
This is the final installment of P&P from Darcy’s perspective. He’s back from the castle of “nightmares”(my term) and is very disillusioned about women. He is still trying to forget Elizabeth and move on. He does his duty and goes to Kent where we all know of the disastrious proposal happens. This book was wonderful in telling us how he goes through his anger and pain to the total breakdown in a pub with Lord Dyfed Broughm. Ms Aiden wraps up the end of the story perfectly and I loved having Darcy’s perspective along with the original. Just one last thing. I have to say that the character Dyfed was intriguing and would love to see his story told!!
February’s P&P review is Bridget Jones’ Diary posted HERE
Thanks, Laurel Ann, for keeping us inspired by Jane =))
Here’s my review of Mr. Darcy’s Daughters (my second selection): http://paulakaanders.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/mr-darcys-daughters-the-gossip-girl-of-regency-romance/