Pride and Prejudice – We neither of us perform to strangers

It’s nice to dive in and start learning, obsessing, over things. My re-encounter with Pride and Prejudice is one such thing. I love the book, and I love the BBC adaptation (separately, differently, equally). I wouldn’t consider myself a soppy romantic, and certainly not one inclined to fixate upon a fictional character, but it is this line of Darcy’s that I like most:

“No one admitted to the privilege of hearing you, can think any thing wanting. We neither of us perform to strangers”

Anyway, this is an excerpt of the BBC production – of the same scene that I posted about yesterday. At the beginning of the clip Elizabeth is playing Mozart’s Sonata in A, K. 331. In my opinion every aspect of the BBC production is utter perfection, most especially the use of music – it arises so naturally and everything from Handel’s Slumber, Dear Maid to Mozart’s Voi Che Sapetefrom the Marriage of Figaro fits so perfectly into the narrative and the natural performances do everything to elevate the scenes. Completely perfect.