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Pride and Prejudice Quotes from Novel to Film (Chapter 11)

Continuing from my previous posts (Chapters 1-10) and moving on to Chapter 11, which remains a continuation from the Netherfield scene where Elizabeth & Darcy still banter with each other along with the Bingley siblings in the mix.

Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 11

Novel

"I should like balls infinitely better,'' she replied, "if they were carried on in a different manner; but there is something insufferably tedious in the usual process of such a meeting. It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing made the order of the day.''

"Much more rational, my dear Caroline, I dare say, but it would not be near so much like a ball.''

"Miss Eliza Bennet, let me persuade you to follow my example, and take a turn about the room. -- I assure you it is very refreshing after sitting so long in one attitude.''

Elizabeth was surprised, but agreed to it immediately. Miss Bingley succeeded no less in the real object of her civility; Mr. Darcy looked up. He was as much awake to the novelty of attention in that quarter as Elizabeth herself could be, and unconsciously closed his book. He was directly invited to join their party, but he declined it, observing that he could imagine but two motives for their choosing to walk up and down the room together, with either of which motives his joining them would interfere. 'What could he mean? she was dying to know what could be his meaning'' -- and asked Elizabeth whether she could at all understand him?

"Not at all,'' was her answer; "but depend upon it, he means to be severe on us, and our surest way of disappointing him will be to ask nothing about it.''

"I have not the smallest objection to explaining them,'' said he, as soon as she allowed him to speak. "You either chuse this method of passing the evening because you are in each other's confidence, and have secret affairs to discuss, or because you are conscious that your figures appear to the greatest advantage in walking; -- if the first, I should be completely in your way; -- and if the second, I can admire you much better as I sit by the fire.''

"Oh! shocking!'' cried Miss Bingley. "I never heard any thing so abominable. How shall we punish him for such a speech?''

"Nothing so easy, if you have but the inclination,'' said Elizabeth. ``We can all plague and punish one another. Teaze him -- laugh at him. -- Intimate as you are, you must know how it is to be done.''

"But upon my honour I do not. I do assure you that my intimacy has not yet taught me that. Teaze calmness of temper and presence of mind! No, no -- I feel he may defy us there. And as to laughter, we will not expose ourselves, if you please, by attempting to laugh without a subject. Mr. Darcy may hug himself.''

"Mr. Darcy is not to be laughed at!'' cried Elizabeth. `"That is an uncommon advantage, and uncommon I hope it will continue, for it would be a great loss to me to have many such acquaintance. I dearly love a laugh.''

"Miss Bingley,'' said he, "has given me credit for more than can be. The wisest and the best of men, nay, the wisest and best of their actions, may be rendered ridiculous by a person whose first object in life is a joke.''

"Certainly,'' replied Elizabeth -- "there are such people, but I hope I am not one of them. I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can. -- But these, I suppose, are precisely what you are without.''
"Perhaps that is not possible for any one. But it has been the study of my life to avoid those weaknesses which often expose a strong understanding to ridicule.''

"Such as vanity and pride.''

"Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. But pride -- where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation.''

Elizabeth turned away to hide a smile.

"Your examination of Mr. Darcy is over, I presume,'' said Miss Bingley; -- "and pray what is the result?''

"I am perfectly convinced by it that Mr. Darcy has no defect. He owns it himself without disguise.''

"No'' -- said Darcy, "I have made no such pretension. I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. -- It is I believe too little yielding -- certainly too little for the convenience of the world. I cannot forget the follies and vices of others so soon as I ought, nor their offenses against myself. My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. -- My good opinion once lost is lost for ever.''

"That is a failing indeed!'' -- cried Elizabeth. "Implacable resentment is a shade in a character. But you have chosen your fault well. -- I really cannot laugh at it; you are safe from me.''

"There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.''

"And your defect is a propensity to hate every body.''
"And yours,'' he replied with a smile, "is willfully to misunderstand them.''


Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Movie Script

"Miss Elizabeth, let us take a turn about the room." -Caroline Bingley

"It's refreshing, is it not, after sitting so long in one attitude?" -Caroline

"And it is a small kind of accomplishment, I suppose." -Elizabeth Bennet

"Will you not join us, Mr Darcy?" -Caroline

"You can only have two motives, Caroline, and I would interfere with either." -Mr. Darcy

"What can he mean?" -Caroline
"Our surest way of disappointing him will be to ask him nothing about it." -Elizabeth

"But do tell us, Mr Darcy." -Caroline 

"Either you are in each other's confidence and you have secret affairs to discuss, or you are conscious that your figures appear to the greatest advantage by walking. If the first, I should get in your way. If the second, I can admire you much better from here." -Mr. Darcy


"Shocking. How shall we punish him for such a speech?" -Caroline 


"We could always laugh at him." -Elizabeth

"Oh, no, Mr. Darcy is not to be teased." -Caroline

"Are you too proud, Mr Darcy? And would you consider pride a fault or a virtue?" -Elizabeth

"That I couldn't say." -Mr. Darcy

"Because we're doing our best to find fault in you." -Elizabeth
"Maybe it's that I find it hard to forgive the follies and vices of others, or their offenses against me. My good opinion, once lost, is lost forever." -Mr. Darcy

"Oh, dear, I cannot tease you about that. What a shame, for I dearly love to laugh." -Elizabeth

"A family trait, I think." -Caroline


"I think a ball is a perfectly irrational way to gain new acquaintance. It would be better if conversation, instead of dancing, were the order of the day." -Mary Bennet 

"Indeed, much more rational, but rather less like a ball." -Caroline Bingley

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