Posted by Caroline on July 27, 1997 at 22:54:12:
In reply to Re: Horse Chestnuts posted by Kathy F. on July 27, 1997 at 11:21:49
] ] I'm glad you mentioned "running to town in the horse chestnut season." Although I remember Darcy's statement in the A&E video, I could not find it in the P/P book I don't know why it, along with Mrs. Gardiner's: "on the green near the smithy's," embarrasses me, but it does. I always fast-forward past that little bit of dialogue in the video. Few parts of the screenplay do that to me.
] I don't particularly like it because it reminds me of that poem, "Under the spreading chestnut tree, the village smithy ***** stands." (I forget the adverb, and the rest of the poem, and the author--maybe Longfellow?) :-( But perhaps that was meant to be like that--as a sort of pun on Andrew Davies' side.
] Kathy F.
1. there is no adverb!
2. It is by Longfellow.
3. It was written after Jane Austen's death.
4. The whole of P&P2 is loaded with symbolism based on English folklore and folk songs, and I am sure that Andrew Davies and Sue Birtwhistle are absolutely aware of the nature of the Smith in folklore.(to put it briefly,the smith is renowned for his wisdom, strength and, er, prowess.) I am quite sure Colin Firth was aware of it too! There's a bit of a smirk on Colin's face as he says the line, which I always think shows that he has a something else in mind when he speaks it!
This folklore thing is even more pronounced in Emma 3, IMHO
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