A few months ago I found a copy of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen in the library at my language school. It’s not a very big library and it’s made up of books that people have donated or left behind over the years. This copy of P&P is an old copy and a previous owner wrote many notes throughout the book with writing that I’m unable to decipher. However, all the pages, so far, are intact and I’m enjoying my first ever read through this book.
I’ve always liked the idea of reading a book before seeing the movie that’s been based on the book, but I’ve found over the years that I haven’t been able or patient enough to really do this. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched various versions of P&P, or skipped to part 3 or 4 of BBC’s version (which also happens to be my favourite version, although the new version with Keira Knightly has been growing on me) just to get to the really good parts (ie. starting around the time that Elizabeth goes to visit the Collinses or when Elizabeth goes with her aunt and uncle and spend some time in Lambton and Pemberley area). I recently bought a strange version of P&P that was made a few years ago. I didn’t know it was an odd version until after I watched it. I had just seen it for sale amongst other movies and hoped for the best – I can’t even say it’s worth renting.
As I’ve been reading P&P, the quote from “You’ve Got Mail”, that I included at the beginning of this post, has come to mind. I KNOW that Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are eventually going to get together, but like Kathleen I worry that they won’t.