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|Differences in tone - Ep. 2
Written by Diana
(1/19/2004 11:46 a.m.)
My theme for this group read / viewing has been to take note of occasions in which Andrew Davies changed the tone of the script from that of the book. In Episode 2, there aren't many changes of tone to note. AD follows these chapters pretty closely in plot and in tone. One thing I liked about the book over P&P2 is that JA does give us a glimpse of Mr. Darcy's thoughts once in a while. In P&P2 we mostly have to try to decipher Mr. Darcy's thoughts from camera shots of a silent Colin Firth, which (much as I admire CF's acting) is not quite as satisfying to me as reading a passage like this: Nothing that she could say, however, had any influence. Her mother would talk of her views in the same intelligible tone. Elizabeth blushed and blushed again with shame and vexation. She could not help frequently glancing her eye at Mr. Darcy, though every glance convinced her of what she dreaded; for though he was not always looking at her mother, she was convinced that his attention was invariably fixed by her. The expression of his face changed gradually from indignant contempt to a composed and steady gravity. I love this passage because it seems to show that, although Mr. Darcy is disgusted at her mother's discussion of Jane and Mr. Bingley, he realizes that Elizabeth is also embarrassed and that she is a more worthy person than her mother. In P&P2, other than the dance, I don't see a whole lot of indication that Darcy is beginning to realize Elizabeth's worth. Any thoughts from my fellow group readers?
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