Posted by Sara J on November 18, 1997 at 11:32:26:
In response to The Perfect Opening Chapter, written by Derek on November 18, 1997 at 04:42:26
I heartily agree with your sentiments, Derek! I have to admit that I am just now reading the book for the first time (horrors, I know!), although I've seen two movie adaptations of it. Of course, the book is far and away better than any movie; the amount of detail in the text breathes more life in the story. Like you mention, within the very first chapter one gets a solid sense of what sort of people Mr. and Mrs. Bennet are, not to mention Austen's wit (Mr. Bennet: "Depend upon it, my dear, that when there are twenty, I will visit them all.") I know already that my copy of P&P will be dog-eared within a few months, as one reading will not be enough!
Within Vol. 1, I love how Elizabeth notices Darcy noticing her (much to her dislike) and he stays in her mind, even when she is busy condeming him. He's definitely caught her notice (and interest, somewhat), even though she doesn't know it.
On to chapter 28 (I'm a bit ahead...)!
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