Did you know that it is the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? It is very close to the top of my list of favorite books.
It’s a story that never seems to loose it’s appeal. At least not for me. And I am a big fan of every movie or mini series that takes it’s turn telling the story of Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. I love the manners and etiquette of the day. The clothing and their way with words. No one ever says anything in the direct and to the point way people seem to talk today. My favorite version is the BBC series from 1995. Jenifer Ehle and Colin Firth made the perfect Lizzie and Darcy for me.
“It is universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
“Oh Mr. Bennet! Have you no compassion for my nerves?”
The Bennet Family. Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Lydia, Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, and Kitty.
Mr. Collins and his patroness The Lady Catherine de Bourgh, mistress of Rosings, and his wife, the former Charlotte Lucas.
The silly youngest sister Lydia with her handsome (and loathsome) Mr. Wickham.
“Ah, Jane, I take your place now, and you must go lower, because I am a married woman.”
And in the end, Jane marries Mr. Bingley for “she could not be so beautiful for nothing”. And Elizabeth marries Mr. Darcy much to Lady Catherine’s dismay and becomes mistress of Pemberly.
And in case you missed it, here is the iconic moment that women the world over witnessed and it forever seared the image of Colin Firth as the only possible Mr. Darcy. At least in my lifetime!
And before I go, Did you know that you can download Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen for FREE from Amazon to your Kindle?
How about you? Are you a Jane Austen fan? And if so, which is your favorite book?
Happy Anniversary Jane!!