Our story begins with Elizabeth Bennet reading Pride & Prejudice.
*Birds chirping in the background as Dario Marianelli’s beautiful soundtrack plays*
She sees Lydia and Kitty listening to their parents’ conversation and the girls are simply excited about Mr. Bingley’s arrival.
Mrs. Bennet feels the same way since she wants the girls to get married to a rich suitor.
Later at the ball, they meet miserable Darcy and adorable Bingley, not to mention snobbish Caroline.
- Elizabeth Bennet: Which of these painted peacocks is our Mr. Bingley?
- Charlotte Lucas: He’s the one on the left. And on the right is his sister.
- Elizabeth Bennet: And the person with the quizzical brow?
- Charlotte Lucas: That is his good friend, Mr. Darcy.
- Elizabeth Bennet: He looks miserable, poor soul.
- Charlotte Lucas: Miserable he may be, but poor he most certainly is not.
- Elizabeth Bennet: Tell me.
- Charlotte Lucas: 10,000 a year and he owns half of Derbyshire.
- Elizabeth Bennet: The miserable half?
Later everyone’s introduced.
Bingley looks like the most chill guy ever while the other two are just the opposite.
Bingley immediately takes a liking to our sweet Jane.
Darcy doesn’t feel the same for Elizabeth, though.
- Elizabeth Bennet: Do you dance, Mr. Darcy?
- Mr. Darcy: Not if I can help it.
Socially awkward Darcy is hard to watch.
Later Elizabeth and Charlotte accidentally overhear him talking to Charles.
- Mr. Bingley: I have never seen so many pretty girls in my life!
- Mr. Darcy: On the contrary, you were dancing with the only handsome girl in the room.
- Mr. Bingley: She is the most beautiful creature I have ever beheld! But her sister Elizabeth is very agreeable…
- Mr. Darcy: Perfectly tolerable, I daresay, but not handsome enough to tempt me.
More embarrassing moments with Mrs. Bennet:
Mr. Darcy: What do you suggest, to encourage affection?
Elizabeth Bennet: Dancing, even if one’s partner is barely tolerable.
Ouch. She heard you, Dacry.
Basically what happened was this:
Yes, it’s Lizzie from the block.
That night Jane and Lizzie talk about the ball and Charles.
Later, Jane is invited to Bingley’s. YES. Love is on the way.
And her mother sends her without a carriage in the rain.
So Elizabeth ends up visiting her sick sister.
So she has to see Darcy and Caroline again.
It’s awkward but there’s something about the way Darcy looks at her now.
Jane’s cold leaves Bingley overjoyed.
He’s such a sweet, childlike person.
Caroline on the other hand…
Later everyone engages in a conversation about what “accomplished woman” means.
- Mr. Bingley: Well, I think it’s amazing that you young ladies have the patience to be so accomplished.
- Miss Bingley: What do you mean, Charles?
- Mr. Bingley: You all paint tables, and play the piano, and embroider cushions! I never heard of lady but people say she is accomplished.
- Mr. Darcy: Indeed, the word is applied too liberally. I cannot boast of knowing more than half a dozen women in all my aquaintence who are truly accomplished.
- Elizabeth Bennet: My goodness, you must comprehend a great deal in the idea.
- Miss Bingley: Indeed; she must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and all the modern languages to deserve the word. And something about her air, and manner of walking….
- Mr. Darcy: [glanced at the book in Lizzy’s hands] And, of course, she must improve her mind with extensive reading.
- Elizabeth Bennet: [closes the book she had been reading] I am no longer surprised at your knowing only six accomplished women, I now wonder at your knowing any.
- Mr. Darcy: Are you so severe on your own sex?
- Elizabeth Bennet: I never saw such a woman. Surely she would be a fearsome thing to behold.
Then the Bennets arrive.
They ask Bingley to give a ball and he agrees.
As they’re leaving, this happens.
in gif form:
Then, we meet Mr. Collins, who’s a delight.
And he wants to marry one of the girls.
Another day, the girls run into a certain gentleman.
Long story short, Lizzie’s hormones are activated.
But Darcy’s anger is also activated.
Don’t you just love passive aggressive stare downs?
They seem to know and dislike each other, wonder why.
Later at the ball, Darcy’s being a cute creep.
Mr. Collins not so much.
Suddenly, Darcy does the unexpected and asks for a dance, surprising Elizabeth.
But she keeps teasing him.
- Elizabeth Bennet:: I love this dance.
- Mr Darcy: Indeed. Most invigorating.
- Elizabeth Bennet: 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.
- Mr Darcy: I’m perfectly happy to oblige. Please advise me on what would you like most to hear?
- Elizabeth Bennet: That reply will do for present. Perhaps by and by I may observe that private balls are much pleasanter than public ones. For now, we may remain silent.
- Mr Darcy: Do you talk as a rule while dancing?
- Elizabeth Bennet: No. No, I prefer to be unsociable and taciturn. Makes it all so much more enjoyable, don’t you think?
- Mr Darcy: Tell me, do you and your sisters very often walk to Meryton?
- Elizabeth Bennet: Yes, we often walk to Meryton. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people. When you met us, we’d just had the pleasure of forming a new acquaintance.
- Mr Darcy: Mr Wickham’s blessed with such happy manners, he’s sure of making friends. Whether he’s capable of retaining them is less so.
- Elizabeth Bennet: He’s been so unfortunate as to lose your friendship. And I daresay that’s an irreversible event?
- Mr Darcy: It is. Why do you ask such a question?
- Elizabeth Bennet: To make out your character, Mr Darcy.
- Mr Darcy: And what have you discovered?
- Elizabeth Bennet: Very little. I hear such different accounts of you as puzzle me exceedingly.
- Mr Darcy: I hope to afford you more clarity in the future.
Yup, the subject of Wickham gets on Darcy’s nerves.
Later Caroline expresses her disapproval of Bingley’s crush.
And Mr. Collins proposes to Lizzie, who doesn’t like him at all.
Her parents try to reason with her.
But her father turns out to be on her side, in the end. Bless him.
Later we see Darcy, Charles and Caroline leave.
Jane is simply left behind.
And Charlotte declares her decision to marry Mr. Collins.
Elizabeth visits her friend and they meet Darcy in Lady Catherine’s house.
I believe that. Just to make that dramatic entrance.
They have a nice dinner.
Lady Catherine doesn’t waste time and goes straight to interrogating Elizabeth.
They spend some quality time.
Darcy creeps closer.
But Elizabeth’s still not over his rejection.
Darcy tries to explain himself but Lizzie’s not interested in excuses.
Later he visits her, saying absolutely nothing.
Then she has a little chat with Darcy’s friend, Fitzwilliam and he tells her Darcy was the one who separated Bingley and Jane.
She takes shelter from the rain and when she thinks she’s alone, Darcy shows up.
- Mr. Darcy: Miss Elizabeth. I have struggled in vain and I can bear it no longer. These past few months have been a torment. I came to Rosings with the single object of seeing you. I had to see you. I have fought against my better judgment, my family’s expectations, the inferiority of your birth, my rank and circumstance. All these things I am willing to put aside and ask you to end my agony.
- Elizabeth Bennet: I don’t understand.
- Mr. Darcy: I love you. Most ardently. Please do me the honour of accepting my hand.
- Elizabeth Bennet: Sir, I appreciate the struggle you have been through, and I am very sorry to have caused you pain. Believe me, it was unconsciously done.
- Mr. Darcy: Is this your reply?
- Elizabeth Bennet: Yes, sir.
- Mr. Darcy: Are you… are you laughing at me?
- Elizabeth Bennet: No.
- Mr. Darcy: Are you *rejecting* me?
- Elizabeth: I’m sure that the feelings which, as you’ve told me have hindered your regard, will help you in overcoming it.
- Mr. Darcy: Might I ask why, with so little endeavour at civility, I am thus repulsed?
- Elizabeth Bennet: And I might as well enquire why, with so evident a design of insulting me, you chose to tell me that you liked me against your better judgment.
- Mr. Darcy: No, believe me, I didn’t mean–
- Elizabeth Bennet: If I was uncivil, then that is some excuse. But I have other reasons, you know I have.
- Mr. Darcy: What reasons?
- Elizabeth Bennet: Do you think anything might tempt me to accept the man who has ruined, perhaps forever, the happiness of a most beloved sister? Do you deny that you separated a young couple who loved each other, exposing your friend to the world for caprice and my sister to derision for disappointed hopes, involving them both in misery of the acutest kind?
- Mr. Darcy: I do not deny it.
- Elizabeth Bennet: How could you do it?
- Mr. Darcy: Because I believed your sister to be indifferent to him.
- Elizabeth Bennet: Indifferent?
- Mr. Darcy: I watched them most carefully and realized his attachment was deeper than hers.
- Elizabeth Bennet: That’s because she’s shy!
- Mr. Darcy: Bingley, too, is modest and was persuaded she didn’t feel strongly for him–
- Elizabeth Bennet: Because you suggested it!
- Mr. Darcy: I did it for his own good!
- Elizabeth Bennet: My sister hardly shows her true feelings to me. [pauses] I suppose you suspect that his fortune had some bearing?
- Mr. Darcy: No! I wouldn’t do your sister the dishonor, though it was suggested…
- Elizabeth Bennet: What was?
- Mr. Darcy: It was made perfectly clear that an advantageous marriage…
- Elizabeth Bennet: Did my sister give that impression?
- Mr. Darcy: No! No. No, there was, however, I have to admit, the matter of your family…
- Elizabeth Bennet: Our want of connection? Mr. Bingley didn’t seem to vex himself about that–
- Mr. Darcy: No, it was more than that.
- Elizabeth Bennet: How, sir?
- Mr. Darcy: It was the lack of propriety shown by your mother, your three younger sisters, even on occasion your father. [pauses] Forgive me. You and your sister I must exclude from this.
- Elizabeth Bennet: And what about Mr. Wickham?
- Mr. Darcy: Mr.. Wickham?
- Elizabeth Bennet: What excuse can you give for your behavior towards him?
- Mr. Darcy: You take an eager interest in that gentleman’s concerns.
- Elizabeth Bennet: He told me of his misfortunes.
- Mr. Darcy: Oh, yes, his misfortunes have been very great indeed.
Jealousy attack, a good look on Mr. Darcy.
- Elizabeth Bennet: You ruin his chances and yet you treat him with sarcasm.
- Mr Darcy: So this is your opinion of me. Thank you for explaining so fully. Perhaps these offences might have been overlooked had not your pride been hurt by my honesty…
- Elizabeth Bennet: My pride?
- Mr. Darcy: …in admitting scruples about our relationship. Could you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your circumstances?
- Elizabeth Bennet: And those are the words of a gentleman. From the first moment I met you, your arrogance and conceit, your selfish disdain for the feelings of others made me realize that you were the last man in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry.
- (Pause.) [He leans in towards her, as if about to kiss her]
- Mr Darcy: Forgive me, madam, for taking up so much of your time.
She seems distracted as well.
Check out the tension:
I mean really it’s more like this:
So he leaves.
Later she seems confused, almost regretful.
Darcy shows up with a letter because of course he does.
In the letter he writes of Wickham’s treatment of Georgiana and why he believed Jane was indifferent to Charles.
Elizabeth goes on a trip with her relatives, trying to get over her sadness.
They offer to visit Pemberley.
They end up seeing the place.
Elizabeth looks even sadder now.
She sees Darcy and Georgiana and decides running away is the best option.
Of course Darcy catches up.
- Mr. Darcy: Miss Elizabeth!
- Elizabeth Bennet: I thought you were in London.
- Mr. Darcy: No. No, I’m not.
Elizabeth Bennet: No
- Elizabeth Bennet: We would not have come if we’d known you were here.
- Mr. Darcy: I came back a day early.
- Elizabeth Bennet: I’m in Derbyshire with my aunt and uncle.
- Mr. Darcy: And are you having a…pleasant trip?
- Elizabeth Bennet: Yes, very pleasant.
- Elizabeth Bennet: Tomorrow we go to Matlock.
- Mr. Darcy: Tomorrow?
- Mr. Darcy: Are you staying at Lambton?
- Elizabeth Bennet: Yes, at the Rose and Crown.
- Mr. Darcy: Yes.
- Elizabeth Bennet: I’m so sorry to intrude. They said that the house was open for visitors, I had no idea….
- Mr. Darcy: May I see you back to the village?
- Elizabeth Bennet: No!
- Elizabeth Bennet: I’m very fond of walking.
- Mr. Darcy: Yes! Yes, I know.
Later he invites her aunt and uncle to dinner as Lizzie watches from behind a curtain.
That’s how the cutest scene in the movie happens.
Elizabeth Bennet: Your unfortunate brother once had to put up with my playing for a whole evening.
Georgiana Darcy: [looking astonished] But he says you play so well!
Elizabeth Bennet: Then he has perjured himself most profoundly.[laughing]
Mr. Darcy: No, I said “played quite well.”
Elizabeth Bennet: Oh, “quite well” is not “very well.” I’m satisfied.
Is that a smile?
You can almost see everyone’s hearts flying around.
Later Lizzie receives some bad news and Darcy’s worried.
Wickham and Lydia decided to elope. Wonderful.
He most certainly won’t.
The family think it’s their uncle who bribed Wickham to marry Lydia.
So the newly married couple pay them a visit.
And Lizzie finds out it was Darcy who saved Lydia.
Elizabeth Bennet: Mr. Darcy was at your wedding?
Lydia Bennet: He was the one who discovered us. He paid for the wedding, Wickham’s commission, everything. But I shouldn’t have said anything, he told me not to tell.
Elizabeth Bennet: Mr. Darcy…?
Lydia Bennet: Oh, hush, Lizzie. Honestly, Mr. Darcy isn’t half so high and mighty as you sometimes.
After finding out the truth, Elizabeth is astonished.
In the meantime, Bennets learn that Bingley’s coming back.
After some adorable panicking…
These adorable dorks have no idea what they’re doing.
Elizabeth makes her move.
Why must they all be so awkward?
LOL at Darcy’s face but at least he’s trying to help his friend.
Later, Elizabeth starts to tell Jane about her feelings.
Bingley proposes in the cutest way possible.
It seems we’ll have a happy ending for at least one of our couples.
That night Lady Catherine shows up at the Bennets’ house to confront Elizabeth about a”rumor” she’s heard.
She tells Lady Catherine to leave her house, which is amazing on its own but she’s troubled by the conversation and can’t sleep afterwards.
A Darcy, walking towards her in his rugged sexiness.
He gets right to the point.
Elizabeth Bennet: I couldn’t sleep.
Mr. Darcy: Nor I. My aunt–
Elizabeth Bennet: Yes, she was here.
Mr. Darcy: How can I ever make amends for such behavior?
Elizabeth: After what you have done for Lydia, and I suspect for Jane also, it is I who should be making amends.
Mr. Darcy: You must know, surely you must know, it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night and it has taught me to hope as I had scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings had changed, I will have to tell you, you have bewitched me body and soul and I love…I love… I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.
Elizabeth Bennet: Well then… [takes Mr. Darcy’s hands and kisses them] Your hands are cold.
Elizabeth kisses his hand, taking him by surprise.
Um, that escalated quickly, thank Austen.
The scene in gifs:
That stammer is everything. “I love, I love, I love you.” This smooth bastard.
And the hand kiss of course.
They end up at the Bennets’ house, asking for her father’s permission to get married.
I could watch more of this. The married life of the Darcys.
Elizabeth Bennet: We misjudged him, Papa. Me more than anyone in every way. Not just in this matter. I’ve been nonsensical. But he’s been a fool about, about Jane, about so many other things. But then, so have I. You see, he and I are…he and I are so similar. We’re both so stubborn. Papa, I…
Mr. Bennet:: [smiling] You really do love him, don’t you?
Elizabeth Bennet:: Very much.
Mr. Bennet:: I cannot believe that anyone can deserve you. But it seems I am overruled. So I heartily give my consent.[Elizabeth hugs him] I could not have parted with you, my Lizzie, to anyone less worthy.
Elizabeth Bennet:: [kisses his forehead] Thank you.
After the heart-warming moment between father and daughter we’re rewarded with an alternative ending dialogue and kisses.
- Mr. Darcy: How are you this evening, my dear?
- Elizabeth Bennet: Very well. Only I wish you would not call me “my dear”.
- Mr. Darcy: Why?
- Elizabeth Bennet: Because it’s what my father always called my mother when he’s cross about something.
- Mr. Darcy: What endearments am I allowed?
- Elizabeth Bennet: Well let me think…”Lizzy” for everyday, “My Pearl” for Sundays, and…”Goddess Divine”, but only on very special occasions.
- Mr. Darcy: [Chuckles] And…what should I call you when I’m cross? “Mrs. Darcy”?
- Elizabeth Bennet: [Smiling] No! No. You may only call me “Mrs. Darcy”… when you are completely, perfectly, and incandescently happy.
- Mr. Darcy: [chuckles] How are you this evening… Mrs. Darcy? [kisses her forehead]
- Mr. Darcy: Mrs. Darcy [kisses her left cheek]
- Mr. Darcy: Mrs. Darcy [kisses her nose]
- Mr. Darcy: Mrs. Darcy [kisses her right cheek]
Mr. Darcy: Mrs. Darcy [they kiss]
I enjoyed this adaptation, especially the soundtrack, which I listen to whenever I need something soothing.
How did you enjoy the movie and the recap? Leave some love in the comments!