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|A great scene to dramatize
Written by kathleen (elder)
(2/8/2004 9:33 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chapter45-The Miss Bingley Follies Revisited, penned by Tara O'Donnell
It's not that there is a lot of action here, but the dramatic tension between the characters is very strong. I love how Miss Bingley puts her foot in her mouth by continuing to criticize Elizabeth to Darcy. P&P2 did this very well, with Anna Chancellor using a very condescending & catty, yet a little bit nervous, tone in her voice. And the look on her face when Darcy answers is marvelous.
In the novel, however, I love JA's descriptions even more. For one thing, the narrator tells us that Georgiana did not join in Caroline's criticism of Elizabeth: "Her brother's recommendation was enough to ensure her favour: his judgment could not err, and he had spoken in such terms of Elizabeth as to leave Georgiana without the power of finding her otherwise than lovely and amiable."
Then, when Caroline doesn't know to shut up in talking to Darcy, I love what the narrator says: "angry people are not always wise; and in seeing him at last look somewhat nettled, she had all the success she expected" AND "Miss Bingley was left to all the satisfaction of having forced him to say what gave no one any pain but herself." Wonderfully concise yet completely descriptive of the feelings held by poor, frustrated Miss Bingley.
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