Pride and Prejudice Episode III: Tokyo Drift

25 Apr

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Episode two ended with Mr. Collins proposal to Lizzy and episode 3 picks up with Lizzy visiting Charlotte Lucas who has just become engaged with Mr. Collins. Lizzy thinks this is horrible and that Charlotte has made a huge mistake but Charlotte tells Lizzy to step correct. She says that even though Mr. Collins isn’t attractive to her she’s not the romantic type and honestly thinks she’ll be as happy with him as with any other man. She tells Lizzy that he can afford her a comfortable lifestyle, is a good man, and that there is more to life than just being in love.

The Bingley’s leave Netherfield and Jane is heartbroken. Lizzy tries to cheer her up and tell her that they’ll be back soon but you can tell that Jane already knows that this means her chances with Mr. Bingley are over. The Bennet crew go to a party in which Mrs. Bennet talks mad shit about everyone in attendance and Lydia is extremely giddy / boy crazy and annoys everyone. Later when they get home Mary, the unlikely voice of reason, drops a deep quote about how you shouldn’t gossip and no one really listens to her.

Jane leaves Longbourn to visit her Aunt and Uncle in London. This is Lizzy’s idea since Mr. Bingley is also in London this will allow them to see each other and maybe get a marriage proposal. Jane goes to visit Caroline Bingley as soon as she arrives and gets a real annoyed unwanted vibe from her. Caroline makes an excuse to leave but promises to visit Jane in a day or two. Three weeks later Caroline finally comes to visit her and Jane realizes that Caroline has actually been her frenemy all along and has no interest in helping her get with Mr. Bingley.

Lizzie goes to Kent to visit Charlotte Lucas which a lot of things happen during this visit. First we meet Lady Catherin De Bough who is a prime example of a SOC (Sandy Old Cunt). We have seen how up her ass Mr. Collins is but once they are at Kent you really see how basically Mr. Collins entire life revolves around being her bitch. They have a real awkward dinner in which Lady Catherine is just a huge bitch to everyone. During the dinner there is some flirting/teasing between Mr. Darcy and Lizzy which is the first time you really suspect they have interest in each other. This is followed by a real awkward meeting where Mr. Darcy goes to Kent to see Lizzy. This is probably for him to propose but he loses his nerve after a little small talk and standing and sitting a lot.

The next day he comes back and proposes. Unknown to Mr. Darcy his timing could not have been shittier, because moments before Lizzy had learned that Mr. Darcy was personally responsible for discouraging Mr. Bingley from proposing to Jane. Not only that but that Mr. Darcy was bragging about it and telling people it was his great accomplishment because Bingley was in love with Jane. Needless to say Lizzie does not appreciate this so this adds a lot of gasoline to the fire of hate she already had for Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy also fucks up on all kinds of levels during the proposal and manages to insult her even further. Lizzy keeps her cool at first and just turns him down but when Mr. Darcy presses her she lets him know how she really feels and the gloves come off. The episode then ends with a rejection of the proposal and both having more disdain than ever for one another.

Deeper Thoughts

I’ve always liked the Lizzy/Charlotte scene in the book because the contrast shown between Elizabeth’s and Charlotte’s interpretation of Mr. Collins marriage proposal. Lizzy balks and runs immediately hearing his proposal and cannot fathom any one marrying Mr. Collins. Charlotte on the other hand realizes her prospects limits and while she has no romantic interest in Mr. Collins that he can provide her with other comforts and that she can live a fulfilled life with him. When Lizzy goes to Charlotte to express how sorry she feels for her it shows a real lack of maturity and understanding on Lizzy’s part. Lizzy has a hard time with empathy and understanding things from other people’s prospective.

Lady Catherine De Bough is really something else. Initially I assumed her relationship with Mr. Collins is that of one feeling sorry for him and supporting him because of his praises. Here you get a glimpse that Mr. Collins is a pet project for her and that she gets as much enjoyment out of criticizing and injecting herself in his life as he gets from her wealth. Her SOCness (sandy old cunt) has really left her with no friends and she has to provide for Mr. Collins just to have a sad sack around the home she can bitch as while he kisses her ass. What annoys me the most about Lady Catherine is her endless critique and advice on things that she has no idea what she’s talking about. When she is criticizing Lizzie for her piano playing and giving her unsolicited advice she throws in that she never learned the piano herself.

Mr. Bennet once again shows how useless he is. Now Mrs. Bennet is clearly hysterical most of the time and I suspect that Mr. Bennet in some ways enjoys seeing her like this. When she expresses a real fear that they will in fact lose the house after Charlotte is engaged to Mr. Collins his only comfort is “Let’s hope for better things!” I think Mr. Bennet is a decent guy but he just is incapable of dealing with emergencies and shuts down when trouble occurs.

Again the class differences she Austen’s lack of experience and empathy for the real lower class. When Mrs. Bennet is wailing around about her nerves and how poor and desolate their situation is there are at least 3 people working at their house hold cooking and cleaning. Sure they don’t have the money of Mr. Darcy but they are also doing pretty damn good.

Stray Thoughts

 

  • Jennifer Ehle is growing on me but still don’t love her as Lizzy #notmylizzie
  • I ain’t saying Mr. Wickham is a gold digger but he got real interested real quick when it became known the red head at the party was getting a fat inheritance
  • What war is going on that has all these military officers in town?
  • Whats up with the old lady with the sleeves at the party? The camera stays on her a long time and nothing comes of it
  • Mary be dropping deep knowledge on every one!

Drinking Game

 

  • Every time Mr. Collins fawns over Lady Catherine, double drink if he the fireplace is mentioned
  • Whenever Mrs. Bennett cries
  • Whenever Mrs. Bennett speaks of her nerves
  • Mary rocks the piano
  • When Caroline Bingley gives Jane a look that she wishes she was dead
  • When Darcy is ringed in to the Collins house
  • Someone is shown writing a letter
  • Lady Catherine De Bough does something bitchy
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