anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)
A Tumblr anon asked:

I don't know if you answered this before but do you think Mr. Collins proposal or Mr. Darcy's first proposal was more insulting?

My response (predictably):

Mr Collins. Darcy manages to stop short of 1) itemizing her dowry, 2) saying nobody else would ever want to marry her, and 3) insisting that no means yes because women are sadistic liars.

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anghraine: darcy (david rintoul) and elizabeth (elizabeth garvie) smiling at each other (darcy and elizabeth)
Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Ch 3
I will go further, and affirm, as an indisputable fact, that most of the women, in the circle of my observation, who have acted like rational creatures, or shewn any vigour of intellect, have accidentally been allowed to run wild—as some of the elegant formers of the fair sex would insinuate.
hm

Pride and Prejudice, Ch 9:
“Lizzy,” cried her mother, “remember where you are, and do not run on in the wild manner that you are suffered to do at home.”
Pride and Prejudice, Ch 19
“Do not consider me now as an elegant female intending to plague you, but as a rational creature speaking the truth from her heart.”
hmmm
anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)
I've discovered that I don't hate religion, per se, just mine. Um, yay.

But seriously. A teacher explaining that there has only ever been one universally accepted model of marriage until now as the lesson to be learned from Abraham's family is so horrifically wrong that, in retrospect, it starts coming around the other side. That family tree is the simplified version I made to help me sort out the main characters. Now I wish I'd drawn it on the board.

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Title: First Impressions (8/13, 9/13)

Fanverse: First Impressions

Blurb: Henry finishes his trip to Hunsford, discusses the fallout with Jane, then goes with the Gardiners to Pemberley and gets another harsh dose of reality.

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Chapter Eight )

Chapter Nine )
anghraine: leia in the death star cell; text: distressing damsel (distressing damsel)
I keep running across a not-quite-trope -- an argument -- that I find immensely problematic. I'm going to talk about it now, through my own feminism, which may not be yours. Consider yourself warned for that, along with discussions of violence and sexual assault.

A defense of double standards )

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Title: First Impressions (6/13, 7/13)

Fanverse: First Impressions

Blurb: Jane goes to the Gardiners' and Henry to the Collinses'; Henry meets Lady Catherine, Anne, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and (once again) Catherine; many hints are dropped.

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Chapter Six )

Chapter Seven )
anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)
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Title: First Impressions (4/13, 5/13)

Fanverse: First Impressions

Blurb: Mr Collins chooses the companion of his future life, Mr Wickham tells of his tragic, tragic life, the Netherfield Ball happens, as does some minor inbreeding.

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Chapter Four )

Chapter Five )
anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (pastrylove)
I cannot say how many times I have heard certain fanon "facts" about appearance repeated over and over - and they're not just popular and prevalent, like a good deal of fanon, either.  With appearance, people will actually insist that they're what Austen/the book says.  e.g., Jane is listed under the TV Tropes entry "Hair of Gold," with this explanation:

Following the frequent book descriptions as 'fair-haired', in the two most recent film adaptations of Pride And Prejudice, the prettiest (and most innocent) daughter, Jane, is a blonde 

It's stretched far beyond purely Internet fanon, too:  Colin Firth's hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes were actually dyed for the 1995 P&P; blonde Jennifer Ehle wore a dark wig for Elizabeth and even Susannah Harker's naturally blonde hair was lightened.  Mary got spots, and Mr Collins grease.  The 2005 P&P likewise gave Keira Knightley a wig much darker than her naturally light brown/dark blonde hair, and Matthew Macfadyen insisted that he wasn't dark enough to physically resemble Austen's Darcy.

So, given the rampant assumptions and clichés, I decided to track down what canon actually tells (or more often, doesn't tell) us about what the characters look like.

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (muse)

[Reposted from wordpress]

(2) What should we read into the fact that Lydia is both the youngest and tallest of the Bennet girls?

A1: Let’s see. She’s overgrown and immature? The sisters who seem closest to her in nature are both slight and delicate - fundamentally different? Yet another parallel to tall, womanly Georgiana Darcy? I can keep going if you want.

 

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (warning)
[repost from wordpress]

I read the oddest essay.  It’s rather old, dating (I think) from the 1880s.  The basic point of the essay was that, in terms of characterisation, the best character in Pride and Prejudice is Mr Collins.  The author went on to detail his many delightful quirks and foibles.  I have seen it argued that the relationship at the heart of the novel is that between Elizabeth and Jane, Elizabeth and Mr Bennet, Elizabeth and Elizabeth, and even (by a few brave souls) Elizabeth and Darcy.  This person insisted that the author’s focus was on Mr Collins.

 

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