My Thursday was a very long day and I was very late getting to work on this post. Even as I am writing this, I'm tempted to just go to bed but since I guess I'm just a glutten for punishment, I'm going to stay awake long enough to do this - for you - my readers. : )
Please forgive if some things sound strange, you'd be surprised what you write when you nod off and continue typing. ; )
The other day, I was watching the movie PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, the rather less than elegant, Keira Knightley verson not the lovely bright and more elegant, Colin Firth- BBC version.
There was Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy with his fine dress and slightly tossled wavy hair but always looking grand and proper - that seemed natural, too. After all, he dove into a pond in his fine clothes and still managed to look like a proper gentleman soaking wet.
Of course, as a man, he was allowed to take off his outer clothing so that he only got his breeches and blouse wet. Whereas, poor Lizzie ended up soaked to the skin wearing layers of clothing and mud caked to the bottom of her dress. As Caroline Bingley sniped upon seeing Lizzie's dress, "positively medieval."
One of the things I noticed most when comparing the two productions was the surroundings. Oh, the Pemberley of Keira Knightley's P & P was the grandest Pemberley of any of the P & P productions but the poor Bennetts lived in a comparative shack in comparison to the much grander setting in the BBC production.
The Keira Knightley production had dull, paint-washed walls, the outside of the house was in desperate need of paint or plaster, the windows paint was cracking and peeling. Inside the house, the hallways were dark and gloomy. Even in the drawing room which appeared a little brighter with its tall windows, there appeared to be sheets or something akin to them thrown over the settees. Whereas the BBC production was much lighter, brighter, neater, better kept and far more elegant. Both the ladies and their house were obviously cut from a better piece of society.
The BBC production Bennett house was much more elegant and sedate with manicured lawns and painted trim on the house. Their clothing was more elegant almost to the point of be extravagant for a large family of their meager means.
The ladies always appeared to be ready to head off to a ball or some other social gathering with only a moment's notice.
|BBC Bennett Drawing Room|