Literature to Film Club meets this Tuesday at Kresge Library and I am very excited! This month’s book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Back in November, I purchased the beautiful annotated edition of the book for my collection and have thoroughly enjoyed browsing it over the past few months.

Scene: Elizabeth and Mr. Bingley on Reading/Libraries
Elizabeth: How do you like it here in Hertfordshire, Mr. Bingley?
Bingley: (smiling at Jane shyly) Very much.
Elizabeth: The library at Netherfield, I’ve heard, is one of the finest in the country.
Bingley: Yes, it fills me with guilt. (He looks at Jane – a little blush starts round his collar)
Bingley: Not a good reader, you see. I like being out of doors. I mean, I can read, of course…

(Postcard Photo: created by artist Heather Holloman for the Sketchbook Project. This dream was originally documented by Holloman in spring of 2010 for her ArtPrize exhibit Dream Collection which was on display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.)

Scene: Elizabeth and Darcy Dancing

Elizabeth: I do love a Sarabande.
Darcy: Indeed. Most invigorating.
(They continue for a moment in silence.)
Elizabeth: It is your turn to say something Mr. Darcy – I talked about the dance, now you ought to remark on the size of the room or the number of couples.
Darcy: I am perfectly happy to oblige, please advise me of what you would like most to hear.
Elizabeth: That reply will do for the present. Perhaps by and bye I may observe that private balls are much more pleasanter than public ones. But for now we may be silent.
Darcy: Do you talk as a rule while dancing?

Elizabeth: We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the eclat of a proverb. So a little lubrication to avoid embarrassment might be advantageous.

Darcy: I see no striking resemblance of your own character in this, how near it is to mine I cannot say…

My two favorite scenes:
(A) Elizabeth and Darcy: Dawn

(B) Elizabeth and Darcy: Rain