I'd love to see the A&E version. I'm also interested in seeing 1940 version
with Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson,
and the BBC did a mini-series of it in in 1952
! And of course Bride and Prejudice
I am curious as to how undergrads react to it at this point. The language might be a bit of an obstacle, with knee slappers like Mr. Darcy's "But from the severity of the blame which was last night so liberally bestowed, respecting each circumstance, I shall hope to be in future secured, when the following account of my action and their motives has been read."
Luckily Lizzy is more succinct: "There are few people I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more I am dissatisfied with it; and everyday 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."
Of course you can see why I refer to the 18th and 19th centuries as the years of really long sentences. But then, as I grow older, I've decided that sometimes the best sentences are the longest; that the semicolon is the friend of one who would express thoughts, long form, that ill fit a short, declarative exposition -- half-page journeys forged with no deference to Hemingway, whose style, though appealing within its own context, has a lot to answer for in the way generations of writers have been ruined in its emulation, eschewing the comma and forsaking the em-dash out of a misplaced worship of brevity.