Jane Austen Quote of the Week- Week Nineteen
"Your entire personality is a riddle, Mr. Knightley. I thought you overqualified."
Pic 1: A MySpace page for Emma
Pic 2: Risky Regencies page
Posted by Rachel at 23:27
Labels: Emma, Quote of the Week
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Jane Austen was born on
Anne Hathaway - Jane Austen
James McAvoy - Tom Lefroy
Julie Walters - Mrs. Austen
James Cromwell - Revd. George Austen (Jane's father)
Maggie Smith - Lady Gresham
Anna Maxwell Martin - Cassandra Austen
Joe Anderson - Henry Austen
Lucy Cohu - Eliza de Feullide
Laurence Fox - Mr. Wisley
Philip Culhane - George Austen (Jane's brother)
Ian Richardson – Judge Langlois
Leo Bill – John Warren
Jessica Ashworth – Lucy Lefroy
Eleanor Methven – Mrs. Lefroy
Michael James Ford – Mr. Lefroy
Sophie Vavasseur – Jane Lefroy
Helen McCrory – Ann Radcliffe
Julian Jarrold - Director
Graham Broadbent, Robert Bernstein, & Douglas Rae - Producer
Adrian Johnston - Soundtrack
Kevin Hood & Sarah Williams - Screenplay writers
Eigil Bryld - Cinematography
Jane Gibson - Choreography
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh - Costume
Gail Stevens & Gillian Reynolds - Casting
McAvoy knew his portrait of Tom could only come alive with the right Jane, and he found Anne Hathaway almost supernaturally suited for the part. “I don’t think we could have chosen anyone better to play Jane Austen," he says.
Jane Austen’s greatest love story was her own
It was at the end of 1795 when the young Jane Austen met the dashing Irish rogue Thomas Langlois Lefroy. Jane would not realise that from prejudice and innuendos between her and Tom, a fresh bud of passion would grow into love that would last for years to come, literally changing her way of looking into life and giving her new insights into her already blooming creative writing. Yet, Tom Lefroy was not a man of wealth, and thus his family needed him to find a more suitable partner than the last daughter of the Austens. Will reality defeat love, or will love triumph in Jane Austen’s life?
Full synopsis is available in the
‘I’m yours, Jane, heart and soul!’
~ Tom Lefroy to Jane Austen, ‘Becoming Jane’
Anything is to be preferred or endured rather than marrying without affection – JA,
Nothing can be compared to the misery of being bound without Love, bound to one, & preferring another – JA,
‘Persuasion’, chapter 8, Jane Austen
To be so bent on marriage, to pursue a man merely for the sake of situation – is a sort of thing that shocks me.
The film Becoming Jane has given us an image of Jane Austen that liberates our imagination. I envy readers of my book who come to it with Anne Hathaway’s image of Jane in their mind’s eye. You will not have to struggle against the image Cassandra created to see the Jane Austen who was young and pretty, lively and in love. Anne Hathaway’s skilful portrayal of Jane Austen in Becoming Jane shows that art can have as much power to bring us closer to the truth as facts themselves can.
Girl, Rachel, you drove down to LIMERICK?! Man! You HAVE to go there again when time and budget permits! I've been wanting to make a post about Limerick a year ago, but I was too busy that time (still now). But the port city is very very intriguing for me, so thank you for visiting Limerick. Pictures soon?
And yes, I LOVE Emma and Knightley! I know it's almost blasphemy, but I love them more than Darcy-Lizzy! Hehehe...
First quote: Ha! The snappy Knightley is in action!
Second one: Ooohhh! Now THAT's what I call 'TOUCHE!' Great work, Jane! Great pick, Rachel!
Rachel, those quotes are lovely. Standing alone it portrays the feelings, passion, closeness, and camaraderie between the two. You sum it up most appropriately thusly: “The relationship between the personalities of Emma and Mr. Knightley is electric.” So, I ask you, where is all that reticence and propriety between the sexes as we are wont to believe was so prevalent in those days. They appear quite ‘human’ to me.
It leads me to believe that Jane’s novels must be read many times to notice all these things. How much we miss on just one reading. What is so lovely is that we can discern so much more than what is merely said in a quote. I am looking forward to more “Emma” reading. Thanks!
Linda the Librarian
Everytime I read a quote from Emma, I want to re-read it! I adore this novel. And these quotes - great choices, Rachel! One of my many favourites would have to be Knightley & Mrs Weston discussing Emma, from chapter 5:
Mrs Weston: 'How well she looked last night!'
'Oh! you would rather talk of her person than her mind, would you? Very well; I shall not attempt to deny Emma's being pretty.'
'Pretty! Say beautifulrather. Can you imagine any thing nearer perfect beauty than Emma altogether - face and figure?'
'I do not know what I could imagine, but I confess that I have seldom seen a face or figure more pleasing to me than her's. But I am a partial old friend.'
... I love to look at her.
I just love their casual discussion of her person, and Mr Knightley's matter-of-fact honesty. Adorable.
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