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|P&P2 Episode 3
Written by BarbaraB
(1/31/2004 11:38 p.m.)
I have been viewing this in pieces and just completed it last night. Many things in this section really stood out for me. Since I didn't write them down, I don't remember all of them but here are a few:
1. When Lizzy is out walking, on what is presumably Rosings property since she runs into Darcy who is on horseback, the scenery is absolutely stunning. I am curious as to where they shot this scene. I was wishing I could just step into it and go walking about it myself. :-) I believe Lizzy comments on the beauty of the surroundings (book? movie? both?) and must say, the set people found a location to live up to the statement.
2. This is a very sad time for Jane and this sadness seemed really poignant on this viewing. I know this scene is not JA but when Mr. Bennet jokes about Bingley jilting Jane in front of her it made me focus on Jane's suffering as I continued to watch. (This series adds a streak of cruelty in Mr. B by having him do this in Jane's presence.) At the gathering after the Gardiner's arrival, there is a very quick shot of Jane and I noticed how truely sad she looks. She is in a room full of people yet looks so isolated. Because she always tries to give the worst of things a positive spin, her sadness appears all the more striking. She seems to have so little support. If it wasn't for Lizzy and I guess her Aunt Gardiner I don't think there would be any. Her sadness is multiplied when in London she has to face the fact that Caroline's regard for her is not what she thought. Dear dear Jane, you must rally.
3. The first time I watched P&P2 the proposal scene was unexpected, not that I didn't think it might happen, but I missed the clues that Darcy was leading up to it during Lizzy's visit to Kent. I love Darcy's opening statement where he confesses that he can't stand it anymore and tells Lizzy how much he ardently loves and admires her. But then it's downhill from there and ends with a thud. I think it is the first real burst of emotion we get to see from Darcy and I applaud him but he ruins the whole thing with inappropiate comments about Lizzy's family. I know Darcy gets what is coming to him but in the end they are both so hurt. It is really pretty wrenching to watch and I now find it difficult to suffer through it with them. I hope there are better times ahead for all.
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