200 years of Lizzy+Darcy

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

To think that Jane Austen could have predicted “The Bachelor.”

Pride and Prejudice was first published 200 years ago today, and yet Austen’s keen insights into the human psyche are still as applicable as ever.  I first read it in my junior year of high school, and since then I have re-read it many times.  I even took it to Spain with me.  I see something different every time.  The first time, I read it from Lizzie’s perspective.  The next time, from Darcy’s.  Another time from Jane’s; after all, she is the character I am most like.

After I read the book, I checked out the 6-tape VHS set of the 1995 BBC adaptation (yes, Colin Firth) from my dad’s library; my friends and I watched all of it straight through while working on our class project.  My husband prefers the 2005 Keira Knightly version because “Matthew MacFayden is such a good Darcy.”  I agree.  But what I think he really means is, “Thank God my wife’s not making me watch Colin Firth jump in the lake again.”

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