Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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Elizabeth And Darcy

I've just watched the BBC's Pride and Prejudice- all six hours of it in a single session. I started out of duty (Ailz is studing P & P with the Open University) but I quickly became hooked.

By the end of it Elizabeth and Darcy had become so real to me that I was speculating about their future. I thought, these two will live to see Victoria come to the throne and the railways criss-cross the country and their beloved Derbyshire fill up with factories and maybe they'll still be around for the Great Exhibition in 1851. When they're approaching late middle-age someone will take their photographs. Almost certainly theyll get to read Dickens and Tennyson and....

...And then I made myself quite melancholy thinking about how they've now been dead for something like 150 years.

But, of course, they're not dead at all; they're immortal- reborn every time anyone picks up the book or watches a dramatization.
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