I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow

Well, I like fine eyes as much as the next person, but I have actually been meditating on the very great pleasure of hanging out with a group of girls and watching Pride and Prejudice. You see, earlier this year, my friend Emily asked me for some reading recommendations, and when I found out that she hadn’t read P&P, I talked her into doing so immediately. She finished it a few weeks ago, and we had plans to watch the movie when she got done. On Thursday, we watched disc 1. The audience included me, Emily, Melissa, Emily’s sister-in-law, and another one of Emily’s friends. Emily’s friend and I were the only ones who had read the book and watched the movie (and, yeah, it’s my favorite book and my favorite movie, so I was geeked). Emily, as I said, had read the book, and her sister-in-law had seen the movie. Melissa, however, was going in completely cold.

I can’t tell you how much fun it was to watch with these girls. Mike is the only person I had watched it with, and he was also going in cold. It took him a bit to get used to it, but now he enjoys it. Watching it with girls, however, was a completely different experience. I had fun giving them little tidbits of information (you could say I’m obsessed, and you probably wouldn’t be completely wrong) and watching their faces as important things happened. Melissa likes to talk to and about the characters when we’re watching a movie, and it was fun to hear about her distrust of Wickham. My favorite part, though, was when Elizabeth, Mr. and Mrs. Collins, Darcy, and Col. Fitzwilliam were at Rosings, and Darcy tried to talk to Elizabeth a bit. She shut him down, and Melissa said, “She needs to be nicer to him and give him a little more grace. He’s trying.”

I kept silent.

I kept silent through Col. Fitzwilliam spilling the beans on Darcy breaking up Jane and Bingley. I kept silent through Mr. Darcy’s proposal. I kept silent through Elizabeth’s tirade. But when Mr. Darcy stormed out of the room and the credits started rolling, I turned to her and said, “She should give him more grace? After he broke up her sister’s relationship and insulted her family?”

Of course, he does ardently admire and love her.

Next week: disc 2.

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