Sunday, 17 February 2008

Mr Darcy and Lizzie, Part Two

After a day of freezing rain, I sat down to watch Part Two of Pride and Prejudice in Masterpiece Theatre with great delight and pleasure. It was two hours of escape to a sunnier (for the most part, a couple of scenes were in winter! bah!) England. Tonight we got to visit the Peak District and Pemberly, and see Darcy make his first proposal to Lizzie.
I so enjoy this version of Pride and Prejudice. All the actors and actresses suit their parts perfectly. Colin Firth's Mr Darcy is almost dark with disdain and pride in the first part. By this version, he is more open and his eyes light up when he sees Lizzie, and he of course is pleasant - talking! - to Lizzie's Aunt and uncle at Pemberly when he first makes their acquaintance. We see the hideous character of Wickham finally revealed, and Darcy in a completely new light, when he writes his letter to Lizzie. This is a crucial part of the story, as, has been expressed in many other places by other readers and critics, we finally get to see Darcy's innermost thoughts, his view of the world, we get to see his passion and his ethics, and that he has great strength of character. And he is proud! But we get to see that Lizzie has been proud too, and how his declaration of love, along with the letter defending himself to her, begins to change her opinion of him. All along, of course, whenever they talk to each other, it is clear they are well-matched and made for each other - their equals. It is a delight to watch Lizzie come to realize this. I was most startled when the episode ended, I was enjoying it so much.
As for Jennifer Ehle, she plays Lizzie exactly as she is written in the book - with a sparkling personality, opinions, wit, charm, someone anyone would want for a best friend (never mind Darcy's wife).
I hope you are enjoying this version as well, Gentle Reader. It is so delightful!

7 comments:

Lady P said...

I remember first seeing this series between 10-12 years ago. Then I thought that Lizzie was not cast right and that Jane was quite plain. Now that I'm seeing it through older eyes, Lizzie is perfectly cast. Jane...still thinking about it. Mr. Darcy, of course, is perfect. It is this series that introduced many women to Jane Austin and her English world!

raidergirl3 said...

Oh, I am loving it! I just keep thinking how perfect Mr Darcy is played. He was so relaxed at his own home, so charming and gracious on his own turf. And it seems like they have somewhat decided to start over, after the letter. Could Lydia be any sillier? And poor Lizzie, seeing her family in such a different light. Can't wait for the ending, but it is opposite the Oscars! Whatever shall I do?

Susan said...

I'm glad you both are enjoying it so much, too! and Raidergirl3....you are right, what's a girl to do next Sunday? I'd forgotten the Oscars were then. We have PVR, so I can record the Oscars and watch Darcy and Lizzy.....or vice versa...I'll let you know what I choose. I like the Oscars too!

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