Sunday, February 10, 2008

Tonight (Sunday) is Part 1 of Pride and Prejudice!

At last, for the next 3 unedited Sunday nights will be devoted to the screenplay by Andrew Davies, Pride and Prejudice (1995)! In my opinion, it is the definitive adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel. Today is a buzz of activities and parties devoted to celebrate P&P in America. Oh how I wish I were going or even hosting one myself!

The basis of the story is this... Mr. Bennet, a genteel country rector, has five daughters and a wife with a singular ambition: to find them suitable husbands. It won't be easy though, as their dowries are not large. The arrival of two rich, young bachelors in the neighborhood, Charles Bingley, and his friend Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, leads to the possibility of a promising union between the Bennet's eldest daughter Jane and Bingley. The Bennet's second daughter, the witty Elizabeth, seems less impressed by Darcy, who is also hardly tempted by her. Ultimately, Darcy's interest in Elizabeth grows, but is then rebuffed, leaving both romantic liaisons seemingly in ruin. Months later, an unexpected encounter between Darcy and Elizabeth ignites interest on both sides until a Bennet family scandal puts the future in peril. Darcy holds a secret about the scandal, but can he now make it right and show his love for Elizabeth?

I went to Jane Austen's World today and found this great chart! One of the hardest concepts for today’s readers to grasp in Jane's novels is what exactly was 4,000 pounds of income per year in 1810? What do these numbers mean today? For us living in the USA, we should multiply these figures by two to derive our dollar amount.

Put on a pot of tea and tray some treat and... Enjoy!

1 Cha Cha Bloggers left a comment:

Counting Your Blessings February 12, 2008 at 8:02 AM  

"Becoming Jane" is out today! Last night I watched the Jane Austen Book Club and I really enjoyed it. Even though it was modern stories (and one gal was gay), it was sweetly romantic. Blessings.. Polly