“You have to know what the rules are, you have to know the etiquette in order to rebel from it. She puts her elbow on the table, she slumps, she laughs without covering her mouth. It’s fun to know when your breaking the rules and when you’re not”.
“Wickham is much more obviously attractive than Darcy. He knows about how to chat to women, he is self-deprecating and modest wich is, of course, terribly attractive, he looks gorgeous in his uniform, and those aren´t of course Darcy´s qualities at all.”
(Deborah Moggach, Screenwriter)
“Jane Austen always got much better with her father than her mother, just like Elizabeth Bennet. Her mother was a hypochondriac, like Mrs. Bennet and wasted a lot of money in Bath on quack doctors for imaginary illnesses.”
Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are tantalizing early prototypes for a Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy ideal of lovers as brainy, passionate sparring partners. That the world teems with fantasies of Mr. Darcy and his ilk there is no doubt. How many of his type are to be found outside the pages of a novel, however, is another matter.
“I loved doing the dancing scenes, that what we did in rehearsals, we had three weeks of rehearsals which is completely unusual. We had live music so it was like we were in an actual ball. It’s incredibly sensual. That sexual chemistry between Elizabeth and Darcy is there, you almost don’t have to play it because it´s there in the dance.”
“The story of a woman who discovered the one person she can´t stare is the one man she may not be able to resist.”
“If you will thank me, let it be for yourself alone. That the wish of giving happiness to you might add force to the other inducements which led me on, I shall not attempt to deny. But your family owe me nothing. Much as I respect them, I believe I thought only of you.”
(“Pride and prejudice”, Chapter 58)
“Matthew Macfadyen finds a human dimension in the taciturn landowner Fitzwilliam Darcy that was missing in earlier, more conventionally heroic portrayals. Mr. Macfadyen’s portrayal of the character as a shy, awkward suitor whose seeming arrogance camouflages insecurity and deep sensitivity is more realistic.”
“Elizabeth continued her walk alone, crossing field after field at a quick pace, jumping over stiles and springing over puddles with impatient activity, and finding herself at last within view of the house, with weary ankles, dirty stockings, and a face glowing with the warmth of exercise.”
(“Pride and prejudice”, Chapter 7)