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Tweaking the tales

heart.jpgIf I had a wish to wish for me
I’d go on quite a wishing spree.
I’d ask to get into my favourite tales
Just to make sure they stick to the rails.
A little tweak here, a gentle twist there
And I’d save people from much despair.

When I’d see Romeo at Juliet’s grave
I’d jump right there in time for a save.
And “Thus with a kiss I die” as he says
And to his lips the poison raise,
Stop! Will you! She’s alive, I’d cry
There really is no need for you to die.

And when Darcy’s making his darned proposal
The one that earned Lizzy’s disapproval.
Tread here with plenty of care, I’d advise him
For goodness sake don’t be condescending.
Let your heart talk, the one that loves her
Lose your pride, that really bugs her.

When Scarlett is abandoned by Rhett all alone
I’d tell her he’d be back, he wasn’t all gone.
And while I’m there I’d give her a shake –
It’s him you love though he might be a rake.
Look carefully, will you open your eyes?
it was never Ashley, it’s Rhett who’s your prize .

Perhaps I’d drop by Jeeves for a chat
I’d tell him all my tales and hope for a pat.
He’d give his wise head a supercilious shake
Unimpressed he’d say, ‘That’s a piece of cake’.
Don’t want to spoil your congratulatory party
But I’ve been doing this for years for Bertie.

That’s true of course, his case he does rest,
As a setter-righter of things he’s the best.
All along this time that’s exactly what I’ve wished for
I want to be Jeeves to my favourite characters.

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It’s Day 6 of the #BarAThon Challenge from 1st to 7th August 2016.
The prompt for today is ‘Wishful Thinking’.

I am with Team #CrimsonRush

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Also linking to  Mackenzie at Reflections from Me

Along comes Darcy

You’re about 15 years old. You’ve just finished reading Pride and Prejudice and you’re in love. You love Mr Darcy. You read and re-read the book till you remember ‘that’ letter word for word. You carry his image in your mind, or…. heart, they’re pretty much one and the same at 15. You feel for Elizabeth. You are Elizabeth. Actually, you are every girl who ever read Pride and Prejudice.

Then you grow up. You mature. You realize Mr Darcy was a teenage crush. Or so you think till along comes Colin Firth. And you fall in love, yet again.. with Mr Darcy. This one remains my favourite Darcy ever.

This is one post I’ve been looking forward to. What? Just because I gave him a miss at the D you thought I forgot? Nah, never. I saved him up to follow Elizabeth. It’s got to be F for Fitzwilliam Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Mr Darcy

Mr Darcy – two people in one

For most people Mr Darcy is a rich snob. He is critical, proud and pompous. He is unapologetically insensitive and rude. He makes no effort to be friendly; rather, he revels in being unfriendly. The only excuse of his atrocious behavior might be his shyness and the fact that he is socially inept. However, it seems more likely that he considers it a perk of his position – this freedom to be rude to whoever he wants to, which is most people.

Then there’s the other Mr Darcy – The one who is generous and thoughtful, who loves his family, is a kind and considerate employer and knows exactly what to do in a crisis. What’s more, he also loves passionately and doesn’t hesitate to express how he feels, no matter how difficult it is. How many heroes would have the courage and honesty to conquer their ego and propose to the same woman twice?

Had the first Mr Darcy not come wrapped in the whole Pemberley package he would have been booed out of respectable society. Even with Pemberley, all he evokes in the one thinking woman of that time, Elizabeth, is disgust. The second one, the knight in shining armour kind, is the perfect, the make-one-go-weak-in-the-knees kind. But then so are scores of others.

Mr Darcy is special because…

…he is both those people. That is what makes him an endurable figure. A nice man is nice but a not-nice man who turns nice when he falls in love – ummm… that’s the stuff of dreams. What woman can resist a man who she can reform through her ‘love’? Darcy makes Lizzie look good.

What makes him irresistible is :
– that soft heart in an impervious exterior.
– that he isn’t easily available.
– that it takes a special girl to bring out the hero.
– that he places intellect over stunning looks (Jane Bennet) as well as money and position (Caroline Bingley)
Add to the mix his wealth and good looks and he is absolutely divine.

I do have a few doubts though:

One: Would Lizzie have spared him a second glance had he not been rich and handsome?
And two: Does he really change? Or did he simply admit Lizzie (and by extension, her family) into that inner circle where he was always nice while continuing to be his abominable self the world at large?

Ugh! I’ve gone and spoilt him for me with all this analyzing. Need to detox. Off on a P&P drool-fest to undo the damage. What? I meant drooling on the popcorn while watching P&P. What did you think?

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It’s a G next week and the it’ll be a man on the blog – not too nice a man maybe, but a very very powerful one. Take a guess, if you can.

Linking up to ABC Wednesday where we’re doing posts on the letter ‘F’. Do drop by and check out other Fabulous posts.

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The good and bad of Elizabeth Bennet

This A to Z journey was always intended as an eclectic one – to include characters from well-beloved to obscure. If you haven’t known the past few I’ve written about, here’s one you will know for sure and love too – Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.

I have to admit I was sorely tempted to write about Edward Cullen today purely driven by Robert Pattinson’s looks (Yeah I can be superficial like that) but then my advisory committee (my sister and SIL) overruled me – darn the feminists!

Elizabeth Bennet it is.

Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen in the 2005 film based on the novel

Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen in the 2005 film based on the novel

Few authors feel as strongly about their characters as Austen felt about this one. In a letter to a friend she wrote : “I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print, and how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least I do not know“.

My problem with Elizabeth Bennet

Well I just might have been one of those who she would have found difficult to tolerate. I wasn’t much of an Elizabeth fan. When I began reading the book I thought Jane was the protagonist. In contrast, Elizabeth seemed cynical, critical and insufferably proud which was ironical since her dislike for Darcy was based on the fact the he was proud!

In one of the passages she says, “The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense”. Nobody, it seemed, was good enough for her.

However my biggest complaint is that she played favourites with her sisters. Even assuming it does happen when one has more than one sibling, I found her uncharacteristically hard-hearted when it came to Lydia. Oh Lydia was a pain, I agree. Siblings can be annoying, silly and painful beyond measure (In no way do I mean that mine are, just clarifying 🙂 ) but one does not stop loving them. At least that’s how I see it.

When Elizabeth receives Jane’s letter her first thought is that she has lost Mr Darcy. That might be forgiven considering she was young and in love but her next is about ‘-the humiliation, the misery, she (Lydia) was bringing on them all’. What about worrying for Lydia’s well-being? Of her being ill-used or hurt by Wickham? Elizabeth doesn’t think about it.

Did I get it wrong? Maybe we can blame it on the times which were such that public shame meant more than anything else.

Yet I like her because..

..she is smart and witty, independent and brave. Not many girls of that time would have refused a marriage of convenience when their future was far from safe. Not many girls do that even now.

She has a mind of her own and is wonderfully unapologetic about it. She prides herself in her judgement yet is quick to accept her error. When she discovers Wickham’s true self through Darcy’s letter how hard is she on herself!

“Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind! But vanity, not love, has been my folly. Pleased with the preference of one, and offended by the neglect of the other, on the very beginning of our acquaintance, I have courted prepossession and ignorance, and driven reason away, where either were concerned. Till this moment I never knew myself.”

That redeemed her in my eyes.

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With thanks to ABC Wednesday , that set me off on this fun journey and because of which I get to revisit some of my favourite friends.

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