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PRIDE AND PREJ­U­DICE (VIA BRIDGET JONES)

There have been many adap­ta­tions of this clas­sic but Bridget Jones’s Di­ary is our favourite. Bridget is gripped by the BBC P&P adap­ta­tion but doesn’t see the par­al­lels with her own life: an over­bear­ing mother ea­ger to marry off her chil­dren, an el­i­gi­ble gen­tle­man (whether at the Mery­ton Ball or Turkey Curry Buf­fet, ini­tial im­pres­sions are un­favourable). An­other charmer soon ap­pears – Wick­ham/Daniel Cleaver. Mean­while, Darcy and Darcy make a dec­la­ra­tion of in­ter­est. Ro­mance is dashed by fam­ily dis­grace: Ly­dia runs off with Wick­ham, Bridget’s mum with dodgy Julio. Darcy comes to the res­cue and they live hap­pily ever af­ter (at least, in Bridget’s case, un­til the se­quel – an in­dig­nity Lizzie never had to en­dure). V.G.

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