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Written by Nikki N
(9/19/2013 11:32 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Landed Gentry or Trade, penned by Jerry
as another poster has said, what on earth was the point in changing Mr Allen's status from landed gentry to trade? It may make no difference to the average viewer today, but it was a great different in Regency society. Does the filmmaker intentionally wish to mislead the average viewer as to the social structures and nuances in Regency society? Why? (The film certainly misleads the viewer as to what happened between Isabella and Capt Tilney in that bedroom scene -- no suggestion of such immorality in the book, they only flirted, to make it intelligible to modern views, the film could have shown a kissing scene, but NOT a bedroom scene, coy, calculating Isabella would never have been that stupid, in that society it could have ruined her forever.) Perhaps the film thought modern viewers would better understand a rich business man than landed gentry? But I wish film adaptations would not try to "modernise" in such a way, and be more faithful to the society as it was. Part of what I find fascinating about reading of another era is to find out about the different norms and way of life.
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