…happy thought indeed!
This year’s Jane Austen festival did not disappoint. I enjoyed my cup (or three) of Mr. Knightley’s Reserve, a perfect Earl Grey from Bingley’s Teas, delightful and delicate tea sandwiches and scones, and the most wonderful lavender rum cake. During the tea, we were regaled with a reading from the wonderful last few pages of Pride and Prejudice by a friend who had thought to bring her copy along, and laughed at the blundering of various characters.
While wandering around the beautiful house at Locust Grove, we noticed the shelving in the bedroom closets and were shortly engaged in a good-humored debate about the various representations of Mr. Collins and his bumbling ways in films. The scene that inspired our little debate makes us laugh every time in the original text and in every adaptation: Mr. Collins takes Elizabeth around his home, showing off what she missed by refusing his hand in marriage, and goes on about the shelves placed in the closet at Lady Catherine’s suggestion. He paints this simple suggestion–shelves in a closet!–in the most glowing of speeches, practically his patroness.
And so I wonder, dear readers: which depiction of the delightfully dreadful Mr. Collins leaves you laughing the most?
Until next Thursday, when I shall return with pictures (hopefully) and a few more good laughs about Austen’s most delightful characters,
Katie (Unwritten, Untitled)