Matthew Macfadyen talks about the etiquette of Jane Austen´s period.
“I wrote the letter Darcy is writing at Netherfield, when Miss Bingley and Elizabeth are in the room and Miss Bingley looks over his shoulder and asks him to send her love to Georgiana, and tell her what raptures she’s in, about her designs for a table. I adore doing this, getting into Darcy’s head, imagining him trying to concentrate with Elizabeth so close, pretending he isn’t affected by her. And all the time Miss Bingley is flirting frantically, and fruitlessly, with him.”
(Deborah Moggach, Screenwriter)
“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.”
“Camera tilting down here is an excuse to get us to Mrs. Bennet´s feet, but it tells the story of Mr. Bingley and Jane at the same time.”
(Joe Wright, Director)
Dearest, loveliest Elizabeth! What do I not owe you! You taught me a lesson, hard indeed at first, but most advantageous. By you, I was properly humbled. I came to you without a doubt of my reception. You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.
”..but his friend Mr. Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien; and the report which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance, of his having ten thousand a year. The gentlemen pronounced him to be a fine figure of a man, the ladies declared he was much handsomer than Mr. Bingley, and he was looked at with great admiration for about half the evening, till his manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be proud, to be above his company, and above being pleased; and not all his large estate in Derbyshire could then save him from having a most forbidding, disagreeable countenance, and being unworthy to be compared with his friend.”
- Pride & Prejudice, ch. 3