Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mr Darcy's First Appearance in Pride and Prejudice


  It's always a great mistake to go onto Youtube because all I want to do is get out my DVD and watch it from start to finish! Here for your pleasure is the original text and the appropriate clip for comparison. Enjoy!

 Elizabeth Bennet had been obliged, by the scarcity of gentlemen, to sit down for two dances; and during part of that time Mr. Darcy had been standing near enough for her to overhear a conversation between him and Mr. Bingley, who came from the dance for a few minutes, to press his friend to join it.
   "Come, Darcy," said he, "I must have you dance. I hate to see you standing about by yourself in this stupid manner. You had much better dance."
   "I certainly shall not. You know how I detest it, unless I am particularly acquainted with my partner. At such an assembly as this it would be insupportable. Your sisters are engaged, and there is not another woman in the room whom it would not be a punishment to me to stand up with."
   "I would not be so fastidious as you are," cried Bingley, "for a kingdom! Upon my honour, I never met with so many pleasant girls in my life as I have this evening; and there are several of them you see uncommonly pretty."
   "You are dancing with the only handsome girl in the room," said Mr. Darcy, looking at the eldest Miss Bennet.
   "Oh! she is the most beautiful creature I ever beheld! But there is one of her sisters sitting down just behind you, who is very pretty, and I dare say very agreeable. Do let me ask my partner to introduce you."
   "Which do you mean?" and turning round, he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said, "She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me."
   Mr. Bingley followed his advice. Mr. Darcy walked off; and Elizabeth remained with no very cordial feelings towards him. She told the story, however, with great spirit among her friends; for she had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in any thing ridiculous.

6 comments:

Renate said...

Classic scene and it just shows how faithful the BBC adaptation is to the book. The dialogue is almost the same.

Alexa Adams said...

Yes, YouTube is a terribly dangerous place, but thank you for braving it to bring us this wonderful clip. It was a wonderful way to start what is, here, a miserably icy day. It illustrates precisely what I adore about this adaptation - it's just like watching Austen's words come alive before us. Now I feel brave enough to go shovel the sidewalk, for if Elizabeth can laugh at an insult, I can certainly find humor in the snow and ice.

By the way, I'm not sure how long it has been there, but I have to say how much I adore your rendition of Cassandra's watercolor of Jane, which I just noticed in your banner, in which you have her turning to face us. What a beautiful thought!

Jane Odiwe said...

Hello Renate - yes, it was very faithful. A wonderful production!

Alexa, be careful on the ice!
Thank you for your kind words about my version of Cassandra's watercolour. It always frustrated me that you couldn't see her face!

Nancy Kelley said...

It's remarkable how faithful they were to the dialogue. The one beat they missed (just slightly!) was the emphasis on the word me--"She is not handsome enough to tempt me..." When I read the line, I hear a strong contrast between the two men that does not come through when Colin says it.

Jane Odiwe said...

Yes, Nancy, that's a good point - but then, you see, they didn't have the benefit of you or I to advise them!

Lily said...

Lizzy certainly has so many admirable characteristics. She took Mr. Darcy's slighting remarks so well and even made light of it with Charlotte. I admire so many things in her character.