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.
You forgot “I have not the pleasure of understanding you. Of what are you talking?” and, of course “I must have my share in the conversation!” 🙂
Wow! You are so right! How could I have forgotten those?!
And here’s another one I just thought of… Lady Catherine: If I had ever learned, I should be a true proficient.
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