THe movie and the book
Posted by ElaineL on October 16, 1997 at 12:17:08:
In response to First Impressions, written by Ann on October 15, 1997 at 19:29:24
] Because no one has ever seen First Impressions in about 200 years, no one knows what was in it. I have heard one theory that it was a novel in letters like Lady Susan. I believe that most think that it was heavily revised, but then again, it is impossible to know.
This thread has helped me, I think. :) Although I'm still sifting through the details.
The timing has always been confusing to me, since FI was the original, but P&P was the published. Now I think my confusion about the year has also been contributed to by the movie. At Lucaslodge, Lizzy says something to Col. Foster like, "Are you in Meryton to defend against the French or subdue the discontented populace?" The reference to the French has always made me think of the war with France that was 1795-98ish and yet I don't think JA refers to the war in the book. If the dates were later, then that might also explain why Col. Fitzwilliam appears free to visit Rosings since it would have been post French war and pre 1812 war.
I just found a book that's titled something like "JA and the War," so maybe it'll help clarify things. I'll let you know. EL
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