Jul 26, 2012

by English Muse

…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)


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3 Responses to “Shelves in a closet…”

  1. Gabriela says:

    What I find really funny is the part in which Elizabeth and Jane make jokes about how Mr Collins rehearses the compliments to women. I find that irony hilarious!!!

  2. Karen says:

    I have to say that I’m rather partial to Tom Hollander’s portrayal of mr Collins in the Joe Wright adaptation. That little gag with Matthew MacFadyen’s elbow barely missing his nose is priceless.

  3. Luli says:

    I am sooo glad you had a wonderful time!! I think my least favorite Mr. Collins is the one from the Colin Firth version. My favorite hsa to be the one with Tom Hollander. Hahaha. Tom Hollander is actually a cute guy but he made himself look the part of Mr. Collins so well!

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