A while back, I wrote (here) about the symptoms of having watched too much P&P…
“2. I definitely catch myself using P&P quotes in my everyday conversations. Especially with my sister & sis-in-law — they understand and often reply with a quote of their own.
3. I do sometimes quote the movies while I’m watching them, but anyone I agree to watch them with usually does the same…”
Here, I admitted to quoting the book/movie fairly often. In case anyone out there shares my love of just about anything P&P, here are some of my favorite quotes. (I put a * by the ones I use in everyday conversation & listed them first.)
*Mary Bennet: I should infinitely prefer a book. (I use this one absolutely all the time!)
*Mr. Bennet: You think that if it gives you comfort. (This one is a close 2nd… I use it pretty often.)
*Mary Bennet: I shall not envy her a jot. (Though I do use this one, I usually say it like this: “I do not envy you a jot.”)
*Mr. Darcy: No, no, the green one. (This one can really be used in so many different ways!)
*Elizabeth Bennet: Go, go. I would not wish you back again. (I only use this one in a joking way…)
*Lady Catherine de Bourgh: Is this to be endured? It shall not be!
Elizabeth Bennet: You know I could never love a man who was out of his wits.
Kitty Bennet: Why do you keep winking at me, Mama? What am I to do? (This line is like a joke around my house…)
Jane Bennet: Not that I am afraid of myself; but I dread other people’s remarks, Lizzy. Elizabeth Bennet: Then I shall venture none… however sorely I am tempted.
Elizabeth Bennet: I am determined that nothing but the deepest love could ever induce me into matrimony.
Elizabeth Bennet: A single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
Mary Bennet: Misfortunes, we are told, have been sent to test our fortitude.
Elizabeth Bennet: Perhaps I didn’t always love him as well as I do now, but in such cases as these a good memory is unpardonable.
Caroline Bingley: I particularly recollect your saying one night, after they had been dining at Netherfield, “She a beauty — I should as soon call her mother a wit.” But afterwards she seemed to improve on you, and I believe you thought her rather pretty at one time. Mr. Darcy: Yes, but that was only when I first knew her. For it has been many months now since I have considered her one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance.
Mrs. Bennet: Oh, Mr. Bennet, nothing you say shall ever vex me again. Mr. Bennet: I’m sorry to hear it.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh: Yes, yes, but this is all extremely vexing… I’m quite put out!
Lydia Bennet: Aye, do, do. Take him away and feed him, for he’s been in high dudgeon all morning.
Elizabeth Bennet: Shelves in the closet. Happy thought indeed.
Kitty Bennet: I don’t cough for my own amusement.
Elizabeth Bennet: He seems to like you very much, which shows good judgement.