It’s a universal truth that I love a certain literary couple. Perhaps the irony of this is I haven’t even read the book where their story unfolds. Instead I rely on miniseries, contemporary re-makes or a beautiful feature film to show me the evolution of their love story. We speak of the best Elizabeth and Darcy romance moments, of course.
I know you may be weary of my talking about these two. Totally understandable. However as this is the month of hearts and things, I simply had to add these two to our ‘OTP Favorites’ feature. No such feature would really be complete without them, am I right? These two are icons, and so it’s only right and proper that they receive their due. We also all know I’m forever an advocate for the 2005 film, so likely, this will be where the focus rests.
Before we go on, and just in case you don’t know what this story is about, Pride and Prejudice follows the Bennet’s, a family of five daughters, and primarily the unexpected romance between headstrong Elizabeth Bennet, of no noble birth and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the wealthiest man to ever cross paths with the Bennet’s.
BEST ELIZABETH AND DARCY ROMANCE MOMENTS
1: THE DANCE
In each version of Pride and Prejudice, one thing I do find fun is the reluctant dance these two share at the grand ball. This scene is more dynamic in its filming; the shot “fades” everything away so that all we see are Darcy and Elizabeth dancing. It allows that “connection” to be strong and gives us a sense of what’s to come.5 OF THE BEST ELIZABETH BENNET AND MR. DARCY MOMENTS (OTP FAVORITES) #JANEAUSTEN #ROMANCE #ROMANTICMOMENTS #GOODMOVIES #PERIODDRAMA #PERIODROMANCE #MRDARCY #DARCYANDLIZZY Click To Tweet
I will say, the 1994 miniseries gives us more of an inkling that Darcy does like Elizabeth despite his prickly attitude.
2: THE DEBATE
I’m not sure why, but I actually really love this “parlor scene” where Elizabeth and Caroline take their stroll about the room. Something about the nonchalant way Darcy addresses Caroline’s questions (to ask if he’ll join them) and the subsequent debate he and Elizabeth get into is just… perfect. I think this is the first true “test of wits” between these two despite their already being dislike on Elizabeth’s part, I think this is also a kind of “turning point” scene for Darcy in realizing he cares for her…
ELIZABETH: Are you too proud Mr. Darcy? And would you consider pride a fault or a virtue?
DARCY: That I couldn’t say.
ELIZABETH: Because we’re doing our best to find a fault in you.
DARCY: Maybe it’s that I find it hard to forgive the follies and vices of others, or their offenses against me. My good opinion, once lost, is lost forever.
ELIZABETH: Oh, dear, I cannot tease you about that. What a shame, for I dearly love to laugh.
3: THE PROPOSAL
Eventually, all of their encounters lead to Darcy, unable to hide his feelings any longer, passionately (if perhaps not a bit misguided) he proposes to Elizabeth. In confusion, Elizabeth responds that she doesn’t understand to which Darcy, in an example of all his guards dropping, says “I love you.” Until this adaptation, I really didn’t have a proposal scene I loved from this story. The 1994 adaptation is fine, but it’s not “dynamic” in a memorable kind of way. In fact, while I had reservations walking out of this one (in theaters), one of the things I distinctly remember citing as a favorite thing is this proposal scene in which the characters are drenched from the rain that pours down around them.
The scene is charged with a kind of electricity that feels as if there is almost going to be a kiss. Though it ends in disaster, and gives Mr. Darcy the news that the woman he loves despises him, it also allows him to clear his name of unfair assumptions.
4: THE TOUCH
By now, I think everyone knows all about the “hand flex.” I even added it to a list the other day of underrated favorite romance moments. The scene features Darcy, post proposal, handing guests up into a carriage ready to depart his home. One of these ladies is Elizabeth Bennet. Though they did share a dance, this is really the first “moment” they’ve shared in an intimate kind of way. It shows Darcy handing her up the carriage steps and they share a brief connective moment. The camera catches Darcy’s hand as he walks back to his doors, and therein is born the now viral “hand flex” moment.5 OF THE BEST ELIZABETH BENNET AND MR. DARCY MOMENTS (OTP FAVORITES) #ROMANCE #WHOLESOMEROMANCE #DARCY #MRDARCY #JANEAUSTEN Click To Tweet
We also see Elizabeth’s surprise as the feeling of the connection, she watches him walk away and it certainly feels like an important shift in her perspective on Darcy as a person, and even as someone who once professed his love.
5: THE SUNRISE
While there are probably other moments I did neglect, I have to include this beautiful moment. A troubled and restless Elizabeth, after being woken by an unexpected visitor, walks out into the barely there morning light and tries to find peace. As she stands out in the morning mist thinking of Darcy, we see a glimpse of a seemingly equally troubled Darcy coming towards her. They meet face to face as the sun slowly rises, and the dialogue really speaks for itself in this scene.
In the aftermath of his proposal, Elizabeth simply captures his hand, and lovingly kisses it and as that beautiful sunrise brightens everything, they lean together, soaking in the moment.
I will be honest, and say, though I don’t think it’s nearly as swoony, there is a quiet kind of sweetness to the scene with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle’s Darcy and Elizabeth reunion.
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You can find Pride and Prejudice (2005) digitally on Amazon Video
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