My favourite P&P95 scenes

*happy sigh*
Let's talk about Pride and Prejudice. The one version. The good one. Of course, you know me, I love all it's scenes to itty-bitty-bits, but some of them stand up in it's own particular way. Here are some of my favourite P&P95 scenes.
Mrs Bennet:  Jane! Jane! Oh, my dear Jane! 
Jane:   What is the matter? 
Mrs Bennet:  He is come! He is come! 
Jane:   Who is come? 
Mrs Bennet:  Mr Bingley, of course! Make haste, make haste, hurry down! Oh, gracious, you’re not half dressed! Hill! Hill! Oh, where is Hill? Never mind, Sarah. You must come to Miss Bennet this moment. Come along, girl, and help her on with her gown! Never mind Miss Lizzy’s hair! 
Kitty:   Mama! Mama! Where is my new locket that Lydia brought me from London? Mary, have you seen my new locket? 
Mary:   I shouldn't know it if I did see it; I care nothing for such baubles. 
Mrs Bennet:  Oh, never mind your locket, girl. Jane, stir yourself. He is here, he is here! 
Jane:   Mama, Lizzy and I will be down as soon as we can. Let Kitty go down, she is forwarder than any of us. 
Mrs Bennet:  Oh, hang Kitty, what has she to do with it? Jane, be quick! Oh, where is your muslin dress, dear? Oh, Hill! Hill! Where is Hill?

The Hall Scene. It's just so outroarously funny. Mrs Bennet in a panicky mood? Just a feast for the eye, haha. This scene really shows everyone's characters - Mrs Bennet yelling, Kitty talking about something entirely different, Jane trying to please her mother and help everywhere, Lizzy sensible, but on the background, and Mary sullen, as she always is.

She runs out. In the hall, Mr Collins steps briskly from his room, humming a merry tune to himself. He pulls up short with a startled gasp as Lydia runs out and they confront each other. Lydia gasps in shock as well, clutching her dress to her bosom. They juggle for space to pass one another. Mr Collins puts up a hand to avert his gaze. Lydia sees the funny side, and begins to giggle hysterically. She runs off to her room. Mr Collins regains his dignity as he descends the stairs, but is brought up short by sounds of unbridled mirth from the girls' bedroom - Lydia has evidently told Kitty. Outside Netherfield. The house is warmly lit and inviting. Carriages arrive briskly at the front steps. Music can be heard from within. The Bennet's carriage arrives. Mr Collins gets out first, and extends his hand to Lizzie.
The Lydia-Collins hall bump. Another hall scene! Is it wicked of me to enjoy this scene? Well, I do. I makes me Lydia-snort every time. I love Lydia's giggles, and I rather love seeing Mr Collins so appalled. So yeah. Secret is out, I suppose - I love this scene.

Elizabeth:  I believe we must have some conversation, Mr Darcy. A very little will suffice. You should say something about the dance, perhaps. I might remark on the number of couples. 
Darcy:   Do you talk by rule, then, when you're dancing? 
Elizabeth:  Yes, sometimes it is best. Then we may enjoy the advantage of saying as little as possible. 
Darcy:   Do you consult your own feelings in this case, or seek to gratify mine?               

Elizabeth:  Both, I imagine. We each have an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room. 
Darcy:   ’Tis no very striking resemblance of your own character, I'm sure. Uh, do you often walk into Meryton? 
Elizabeth:  Yes, quite often. When you met us the other day, we’d just been forming a new acquaintance. 
Darcy:   Mr Wickham has the happy manners that enable him to make friends. Whether he is equally capable of keeping them is less certain. 
Elizabeth:  He has been unlucky as to lose your friendship in a way he’s likely to suffer for all his life. 
Sir William:  Allow me to congratulate you, sir! Such superior dancing is rarely to be seen. I'm sure you’ll own your fair partner is well worthy of you. I hope to have this pleasure often repeated, especially when a certain desirable event takes place, eh Miss Lizzy? What congratulations will then flow in! 
Elizabeth:  Sir, I . . . . 
Sir William:  Nay, nay, I understand. I'll not detain you one moment longer from your bewitching partner, sir. A pleasure, sir. Capital! Capital! 
Elizabeth:  I remember hearing you once say that you hardly ever forgave, that your resentment once created was implacable. You are very careful, are you not, in allowing your resentment to be created? 
Darcy:   I am. 
Elizabeth:  And never allow yourself to be blinded by prejudice? 
Darcy:   I hope not. May I ask to what these questions tend? 
Elizabeth:  Merely to the illustration of your character; I am trying to make it out. 
Darcy:   And what is your success? 
Elizabeth:  I cannot get on at all. I hear such different accounts of you as to puzzle me exceedingly. 
Darcy:   I wish, Miss Bennet, that you would not attempt to sketch my character at the present moment. I fear the performance would reflect no credit on either of us. 
Elizabeth:  Bit if I don't take your likeness now, I may never have another opportunity. 
Darcy:   I would by no means suspend any pleasure of yours.

Lizzy and Darcy's dance. Of course! This is one of my absolute favourite scenes. Elizabeth and Darcy dance their first dance. What I love about this is that they didn't try to make it romantic. In P&P05 they had them look dreamily in each others eyes, as if they both knew they were destined to be together. I don't need that, thank you. Here, it's a rather march-y dance, and no lovey-dovey talk. Both talk shortly and tartly. But then... In the back of everyone's mind, there's a little feelsy tension between them... Gahh. Love this scene.

Mrs Bennet:  Oh, Mr Bennet! You are wanted immediately. We are all in uproar. You must come and make Lizzy marry Mr Collins, for she vows she will not have him, and if you do not make haste, Mr Collins will change his mind and he will not have her. 
Mr Bennet:  I have not the pleasure of understanding you. Of, ah, what are you talking? 
Mrs Bennet:  Of Mr Collins and Lizzy! Lizzy declares she will not have Mr Collins, and Mr Collins begins to say he will not have Lizzy. 
Mr Bennet:  Well, what am I to do on the occasion? It seems a hopeless business. 
Mrs Bennet:  Speak to Lizzy about it yourself! Tell her you insist upon her marrying him! 
Mr Bennet:  Let her come in. 
Mrs Bennet:  Lizzy! Lizzy! Your father wishes to speak to you. 
Mr Bennet:  Come here, my child. I, ah, I understand Mr Collins has made you an offer of marriage. It is true? 
Elizabeth:  Yes, sir. 
Mr Bennet:  Very well. And, ah, this, ah, this offer of marriage you have refused. 
Elizabeth:  I have. 
Mr Bennet:  I see. Well we now come to the point. Your mother insists on your accepting him. Is it not so, Mrs Bennet? 
Mrs Bennet:  Yes, or I will never see her again! 
Mr Bennet:  An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr Collins, and, ah, I will never see you again if you do. 
Mrs Bennet:  Oh, Mr Bennet!

The Unhappy Alternative scene is my ALL TIME favourite. Not the end. I can't tell you how much I love this scene. Love the Daddy-daughter love, the Mrs Bennet hysteria, the funniness. It cracks me up evvvery single time. If you didn't laugh while watching this scene, there's something seriously wrong with you. I mean, seriously, just looking at these screencaps... I'm snickering.

Kitty:   Lizzy! Do you mind if I just run down the lane here to call on Maria Lucas? 
Elizabeth:  Uh, no, not at all. Mr Darcy, I can go no longer without thanking you for your kindness to my poor sister. Ever since I have known of it, I have been most anxious to tell you how grateful I am, for my family and for myself. You must not blame my aunt for telling me. Lydia betrayed it first, and then I couldn't rest till I knew everything. I know what trouble and what mortification it must have cost you. Please let me say this, please allow me to thank you, on behalf of all my family, since they don't know to whom they are indebted. 
Darcy:   If you will thank me, let it be for yourself alone. Your family owes me nothing. Much as I respect them, I believe I thought only of you. You’re too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject forever. 
Elizabeth:  Oh, my feelings . . . my feelings are . . . I’m ashamed to remember what I said then. My feelings are so different. In fact, they are quite the opposite. 
Darcy:   Lady Catherine told me of her meeting with you. I may say that her disclosure had quite the opposite effect to the one she intended. It taught me to hope as I’d scarcely ever allowed myself to hope before. I knew that had you absolutely decided against me, you would have acknowledged it openly. 
Elizabeth:  Oh, yes, you know enough of my frankness to believe me capable of that! After abusing you so abominably to your face, I could have no scruple in abusing you to all your relations. 
Darcy:   And what did you say of me that I did not deserve? My behaviour to you at the time was unpardonable; I can hardly think of it without abhorrence. Your reproof I shall never forget: "Had you behaved in a more gentleman-like manner." You know not how those words have tortured me. 
Elizabeth:  I had not the smallest idea of their ever being taken in such a way. 
Darcy:   I can easily believe it. You thought me devoid of every proper feeling, I’m sure you did. The turn of your countenance I shall never forget. You said that I could not have addressed you in any possible way that would induce you to accept me. 
Elizabeth:  Oh, do not repeat what I said then! 
Darcy:   No, I have been a selfish being all my life. As a child I was given good principles, but was left to follow them in pride and conceit. And such I might still have been but for you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth.

The nicest scene. Or whatever. This scene is just so, so, so SWEET. It's so suitable, so romantic, so darling, so gaaaah. Looking at these screencaps makes me want to watch the movie all over again. I can't wait for my birthday - then I'm going to watch the movie. Anyway, long story short (well, ha. I haven't written a 'long story' have I?) this is the marvellous, darling, gooey scene there ever was. Love you, P&P95 makers.

Miss Bingley:  You are very quiet this evening, Mr Darcy. I sincerely hope you're not pining for the loss of Miss Eliza Bennet. 
Darcy:   What?

Excuse me.
The 'What' scene. Now, this is a very short, snippy little scene for which I have an extreme fondness for. For those of you who haven't scene this movie (pun intended), you won't understand why I enjoy this scene. It's the way Mr Darcy says 'what' - and Caroline's slighted face afterwards. Priceless scene.
I basically love all the scenes. Including... the Meryton Assembly scene, the 'Not handsome enough to tempt me' scene, the 'Lydia-bad-news' scene, Mr Darcy comforting Lizzy scene, the last wedding scene, the 'Mary, Grimstock!' scene, the 'Slumber dear Maid' scene, the 'six inches in the mud' scene... Yup, you definitely get the point. Loads of favourites. :-)
Now I'll close off with one last favourite scene:
Mr Bennet:  Are you out of your senses to be accepting this man, Lizzy? Have you not always hated him? 
Elizabeth:  Papa . . . .
Mr Bennet:  I, I've given him my consent. He's the kind of man, indeed, to whom I should never dare refuse anything. But let me advise you to think the better of it. I know your disposition, Lizzy. My child, let me not have the grief of seeing you unable to respect your partner in life. He’s rich to be sure, but will he make you happy? 
Elizabeth:  Have you any objections apart from your belief in my indifference? 
Mr Bennet:  None whatever. We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him. 
Elizabeth:  I do. I do like him. I love him. Indeed he has no improper pride. He’s perfectly amiable. If you only knew his generous nature. I didn't always love him, but I love him now so very dearly. He is truly the best man I have ever known. 
Mr Bennet:  Well, my dear, if this be the case, he deserves you. I could not have parted with you to anyone less worthy, Lizzy.
Am I the only one who chokes up during that scene? It's just so sweet. :-)
What are some of your favourite P&P scenes?
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  1. Ijust lovethe OH MR BENNET!!!! XD
    Sorry keyboard playingup

  2. Haha, I DIE laughing every time I see the Lydia/Collins hall bump scene. I feel so wicked to like it, but I can't help it! It's just so hilarious!!! And I love each scene where Caroline gets slighted. Her pinched expression is enough to make me laugh every time. I also loved the one where Elizabeth meets up with Darcy at Pemberley, right after he dove into the lake and was soaking wet. And Mr Darcy acts soooooo sweet after that! You can see his true character then. *melt* And "the nicest scene"...not even possible to describe how sweet this scene is. I loved your description...marvelous, darling, gooey...YES! Ah, and of course the scenes with Mrs Bennett jumping around and gasping always tickle my funny bone. :-) How could they not?! ((Oh, Mr Bennett, you have no compassion on my poor nerves! Oh!")

    Oh...and of course, I must mention... The '95 version of P&P is THE BEST. Hands down. I've seen the newest one too, but it just doesn't compare. For one thing, I thought Mr. Darcy came across as too mournful in that one...he looked like a sad hound dog instead of arrogant, like he was supposed to be. Plus, you just can't beat looooooooong movies. And then there's the soundtrack... But anyways. I could go on forever. (Oh, and did I mention the lovely costumes and the hairdos? [Except that I don't always like Jane's hairdos. Don't ask me why, I just don't think they suit her.])

    Okay, one more thing...I just can't help mentioning that I always thought that Charlotte kind of deserved Mr Collins, for accepting his proposal after he had been refused by Elizabeth. Even though I liked Charlotte until she accepted Mr Collins. After that...I felt kind of sorry for her, but she still deserves Mr Collins. In my humble opinion, anyways. :-)

  3. Evie,
    Me too :-)

    I'm delighted to bump in another P&P95 fan! And yes, talking about 'bumping' - the Lydia/Collins bump is hilarious. I'm glad I'm not the only one who cracks up completely!
    Oh! Yes, I love it when Darcy and Lizzy suddenly find themselves face to face with each other. I should have added that one - I might not have because I don't like the scene where Darcy dives in the lake, unlike many people. But I DO love their bump. 'Is your family in good health? And are - er- your sisters in good health? And - er - you parents?' 'Yes, thank you, they are all in good health.' :-)

    Agreed. There's no way one can compare the GOOD version with the non-really-P&P-version. Mr Darcy *does* look exactly like a hound dog, heehee. He doesn't look at all like someone who owns a huge mansion - with his shaggy, dishevelled hair he looks more like a beggar! The costumes and hairdo's in the version annoyed me to no end too.
    P&P95 has charming costumes - I loooove Lizzy's spencers and pelisses. :-) I agree, Jane's hair does get me frown sometimes. It's so high and makes her neck look like really long. But it gives her an elegant, Grecian look, which was extremely popular back then.

    Oh! Interesting. Well, I feel extremely sorry for Charlotte as Charlotte Collins and I just feel like yelling, 'HOW COULD YOU ACCEPT MARRYING TO A TOAD'... but yeah, do I think she deserved him? Pff, I don't know.

    Thanks for your lovely long comment! I love P&P95 rambles soo much. :-)

    ~ Naomi

  4. Yay! It works again! I will be back with an extreamly long comment rest assured.. :D But I am off to the beach for a week.

  5. Oh oh oh! I love this I love it so much! :D

  6. I love all these scenes!!

    I also love the scene of Mr. Collins dancing. "Other way Mr. Collins!"

    You should do a post with your favorite scenes of Emma 2009 :)

  7. Evie,
    I'm looking forward to your long comment! Have a nice time at the beach!

    Same here! :-) It's a beautiful movie- I love it soooo much. :-P

    So nice to here from you again!
    Oh yes, the 'other way Mr Collins' scene is very funny... as I said, I love all the scenes - it was hard to narrow them down, haha.
    What a good idea! I might do that - stay tuned. :-P
    I like your profile picture- is that you getting married or are you the bridesmaid? If you're the bride, a big congratulations from me!

    ~ Naomi

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    How about follow each other?
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  9. Finally, time to comment!! :-)
    I just watched this again with my siblings. We had such fun!
    Yes, the Hall Scene. My favorite is Sarah's (the servant) face. She's like, "What is going on??" And Mrs. Bennet is sooo hilarious.
    Oh yay, I'm not alone feeling guilty in laughing about the Lydia-Mr. Collins bump scene. It's just so funny, though!
    Oh, the dance... gah, so wonderful!! Someday, I'd love to learn how to dance a Regency dance. Preferably with a Handsome Young Man, haha. ;-)
    Ooooh yes. An unhappy alternative. Love it. Lizzy looks like she wants to go live in a convent for a few years. Ha.
    Oooh, the proposal. Sooo beautiful and sweet. I love it so much. "Dearest, loveliest Elizabeth." Oh my.
    HAAA MRS. HURST'S FACE. "What." We say that over and over, trying to get it exactly like Darcy's. Caroline's like, "What did I say wrong?"
    I love all of these so much. I just... love this movie. Period. Another of *my* favorite scenes is when Georgiana meets Lizzy. Lizzy is so nice to her. And Mr. Bingley in that same scene is so cute! :-)
    Have you 'scene' the bloopers of P&P95? There are about three but they are funny, funny.

  10. Julie Mc Queen,
    Thanks for the follow!

    Miss Elliot,
    Ohh! You just watched this! I really want to watch it RIGHT NOW. gaahhh. :-P
    Heeehee, Sarah's face - it made me grin too. I'm glad I'm not alone on the Collins-Lydia bump. I'm not at all alone, I've noticed -other people have told me they find the scene hilarious too. :-) I mean, it just IS, right?
    I can dance the Lizzy-Darcy dance - it's not that hard. I actually taught myself, by re-watching the scene over and over, and figuring it out - I also watched random youtube clips of people dancing 'Mr Beveridges Maggot', which helped greatly. You should try it! It's great fun.
    Oh yes, you'll have to imagine the gentleman. :-) Ask your little brother, haha. He's quite a gentleman, right? :-P
    I can NEVER say Mr Darcy's smothering 'WHAT' the way he does! It's so hard, right? :-)
    Oooh yes, the scene where Lizzy meets Georgiana is sooo sweet! Haha, I love Mr Bingley in that scene! "Are your sisters all in good health?" - Read: "Is Jane in good health?" Haha.
    THOSE BLOOPERS ARE HILARIOUS. I watch those whenever I'm upset, haha.
    Thanks for the lovely comment!

    ~ Naomi

  11. Loved, LOVED this post, Naomi dear!!! I'm in a hurry to get off to chores :), so I shall simply say I most heartily concur with every selection!

    Mr. Darcy's "This is no very striking resemblance of your own character I am sure"....and the "What?" to Miss Bingley later---simply priceless.

    Also, one of my absolute favorite scenes is the singing at Pemberly. ;)

  12. Yay!! I can't wait!

    Congratulations on being a new big sister! Babies in the house are so much fun :)

    My sister was the one that got married :)

  13. Heidi,
    Ooh yes! The singing scene at Pemberly- sooo sweet!

    Thanks! I'm looking forward my new sibling too. :-)
    Oh, congratulations to your sister! The wedding gown looks very pretty on the little picture. :-)

  14. Naomi,

    The dress was perfect for her and her style :)

    I wish there was a way I could send a picture of the whole dress to you :)

  15. *sheepishly sticks head around corner* is it too late to join the party?

    These are just pure perfection Naomi! Alas my time for long comments is not here this morning as I have to look after my nephew, go to orchestra practise and go shopping for performance blacks. whew!!!!!

    But these scenes are such a delight! :D

  16. I'm doing this on my bloooog! We rewatched it and I've got loads of gushing


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