No matter how many times Hollywood tries to remake one of Jane Austen's classics into a film, I can never quite enjoy them. All I see are perfect movie stars and make believe. That's why I will always prefer the BBC versions. They always draw me and make me forget that I am watching a movie and the latest, Sense and Sensibility, is no different. The first part aired Sunday night on PBS and if you missed it, or like me couldn't wait for part two, it's also available on DVD. The actors, costumes and sets are all perfect, including the stately Wrotham Park (above) that stands in for Norland. I just don't know if I find it comforting or distressing that the relations between men and women should be any less confusing today than they were when the novel was published in 1811.
Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. - Jane Austen
It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before. - Jane Austen
There are certainly not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them. - Jane Austen
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. - Jane Austen
Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony. - Jane Austen