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13 June 2009 @ 03:35 pm
pride & prejudice vs north & south: a picspam  

may contain slight spoilers of you've never seen the films or read the novels.

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. enjoy.

The Protaganists::

Elizabeth Bennet (P&P)

Elizabeth Bennet: Only the deepest love will persuade me into matrimony.

Jane Austen said it herself when she said that Elizabeth Bennet was "as delightful a character as ever appeared in print", she's intelligent, strong-willed, a little cheeky and sometimes a little to prejudiced for her own good.

Margaret Hale (N&S)

"Margaret could not help her looks; but the short curled upper lip, the round, massive up-turned chin, the manner of carrying her head, her movements, full of a soft feminine defiance, always gave strangers the impression of haughtiness."

Margaret Hale at first does give off the impression that she's a bit of a snob but as you get to know her you realise that she's also very well-rounded, intelligent, and kind. I think she does really well to remain so optimistic even after she's endured so much.

The Heroes::

Mr Darcy (P&P)

Elizabeth Bennet: Are you to proud Mr. Darcy? And would you consider pride a fault or a virtue?
Mr. Darcy: That I couldn't say.
Elizabeth Bennet: Because we're doing our best to find a fault in you.
Mr. 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.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is arguably the most popular romantic hero in literature, and with good reason. Not only is he good-looking and wealthy but he overcomes his pride and actively changes his attitude in order to win over the woman he loves

Mr Thornton (N&S)

John Thornton: [When Margaret is leaving Milton in a carriage] Look back at me.

Thornton seems a little rough at first, but he's very honest, fair and loyal. He had to work his way up to earn his wealth and because of this he's very level-headed and realistic. Oh and deep down he's just a big romantic.

First Impressions::

In both instances the first impressions made between both couples are really really bad. Elizabeth overhears Darcy insulting her, deeming her 'barely tolerable, which in turn makes her believe him proud and arrogant. Margaret on the otherhand first sees Thornton when he is physically disciplining a worker in his mill, which forms her opinion that he is cruel and rather uncouth.

Social Interactions aka look at the pretty::

Elizabeth Bennet: Did I just agree to dance with Mr. Darcy?
Charlotte Lucas: I dare say you will find him amiable.
Elizabeth Bennet: It would be most inconvenient since I have sworn to loathe him for all eternity

Margaret Hale: Look Mr Thornton, I am learning Milton ways afterall.

Both of the protaganists just about take every oppurtunity to insult or openly challenge their male counterparts however they really can't deny their physical attraction to each other.


First Proposals::

Mr. Darcy: Miss Elizabeth. I have struggled in vain and I can bear it no longer. These past months have been a torment. I came to Rosings with the single object of seeing you... I had to see you. I have fought against my better judgment, my family's expectations, the inferiority of your birth by rank and circumstance. All these things I am willing to put aside and ask you to end my agony.
Elizabeth Bennet: I don't understand.
Mr. Darcy: I love you. Most ardently. Please do me the honor of accepting my hand.
Mr. Darcy: So this is your opinion of me. Thank you for explaining so fully. Perhaps these offences might have be overlooked had not your pride been hurt by my honesty...
Elizabeth Bennet: My pride?
Mr. Darcy: ...in admitting scruples about our relationship. Could you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your circumstances?
Elizabeth Bennet: And those are the words of a gentleman. From the first moment I met you, your arrogance and conceit, your selfish disdain for the feelings of others made me realize that you were the last man in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry.
Mr. Darcy: Forgive me, madam, for taking up so much of your time.

John Thornton: Miss Hale, I didn't just come here to thank you. I came... because... I think it... very likely... I know I've never found myself in this position before. It's... difficult to find the words. Miss Hale, my feelings for you... are very strong...
Margaret Hale: Please! Stop. Pray, please don't go any further.
John Thornton: Excuse me?
Margaret Hale: Please don't continue in that way. It's not the way of a gentleman.
John Thornton: I'm well aware that in your eyes at least, I'm not a gentleman. But I think I deserve to know why I am offensive.
Margaret Hale: It offends me that you should speak to me as if it were your... duty to rescue my reputation!
John Thornton: I spoke to you about my feelings because I love you; I had no thought for your reputation!
Margaret Hale: You think that because you are rich, and my father is in... reduced circumstances, that you can have me for your possession! I suppose I should expect no less from someone in trade!
John Thornton: I don't want to possess you! I wish to marry you because I love you!

after laying bare they're souls to the women they love both men get rejected in very rude manner and then go on to get mad about it.

Second Proposals (which aren't really proposals at all)::

Mr. Darcy: You must know... surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I'd scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.
Elizabeth Bennet: Well then...your hands are cold

John Thornton: Where are you going?
Margaret Hale: To London. I've been to Milton.
John Thornton: You'll not guess where I've been.
[Thornton pulls a rose from Helstone out of his pocket]
Margaret Hale: You've been to Helsone! I thought those had all gone!
John Thornton: I found it in the hedge row. You have to look hard. Why were you in Milton?
Margaret Hale: On business. Well, that is, I have a business proposition. Oh dear, I need Henry to help me explain.
John Thornton: You don't need Henry to explain.
Margaret Hale: I have to get this right, It's a buisness proposition. I have some £15,000. It is lying in the bank at present, earning very little interest. Now, my financial advisors tell me that if you were to take this money and use it to run Marlborough Mills, you could give me a much better rate of interest. So you see, it is only a buisness matter, you'd not be obliged to me in any way. It is you who would be doing
[Thornton reaches down and grabs Margaret's hand]
Margaret Hale: me the service.
John Thornton: You're coming home with me?

i really don't think those scenes need an explanation.

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Joaniejoaniemaloney on June 13th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
my favourites!
& you combined them together.:)

beautiful picspam!♥
Jules: actress // ellen // stay for mesorte_13 on July 1st, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
i'm so happy you like it :)
McNulty's Missusmoxielegal on June 13th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
This post is going into my memories...

Win win win win ad infinitum! Two of my favourite dramas together and side by side.

(saw Keira Knightly and Rupert Friend last night at The Almeida, meeting up with Tom Mison from Lost In Austen, after his play - they are such a cute couple together!)
Jules: actress // keira // follow mesorte_13 on July 1st, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
That fellow from Lost in Austen reminds me of someone and i can never place him. They are cute aren't they, have you seen that beautiful photo of them reading under a tree somewhere it's so adorable.
amj58amj58 on June 13th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
I can't gush enough =D This is such a pretty picspam. For me however N&S is a little above P&P =) Lots of love for both adaptations though *heart*
Jules: the tudors // anne // hold onsorte_13 on July 1st, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
I think if this version of P&P went for 4 hours it would be on the exact same par as N&S. :) :)
Ania: N&S: 1st proposalaaania80 on June 13th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
very lovely, thank you so much!
Jules: actress // amy // one more minutesorte_13 on July 1st, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
oh thankyou and you're so very welcome
olde_fashioned: N&S -- true love (train car kiss)olde_fashioned on June 13th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
This is lovely! And while JA is something I'll always love, there's just something magical about N&S...I think it's the inclusion of of Mr. Thornton's inner struggles that helps give it the edge, and also (at least IMO) the fact that he's a self-made man appeals to us modern girls a bit more. ;-)
Jules: pd // ned // let's forget the worldsorte_13 on July 1st, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
thank you! I think the Thornton insight does add that something extra. hehe, i think you might be right there.
moviefan_19moviefan_19 on June 13th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
This is a FANTASTIC comparison of my 2 favourite stories EVER! Thanks for this! I do love NS and P&P so much, although NS as a period drama series cannot be surpassed by any other in my opinion!
Jules: rh // marian // he thinks i'm doing embrsorte_13 on July 1st, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
N&S is very well done isn't it.
i'm glad you enjoyed it :)
Roryrory_tutorgirl on June 13th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
How much awesomeness in one post! :) Two of my fave books/movies.
Thank you for sharing, great work!
Jules: rh // marian // he thinks i'm doing embrsorte_13 on July 1st, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Thanks :) and you're so welcome.
also Robin Hood ♥
everyone's favourite magnum enthusiast: N&S ; coming home with mecurlybeach on June 13th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Seriously, it's gorgeous ♥
Jules: rh // robin // the way my eyes were poinsorte_13 on July 1st, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
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Jules: p&p // elizabeth // i've been so blindsorte_13 on July 1st, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
these books have skewed my sense of relationships lol, i want a Darcy/Thornton of my own :)
smashedpeaches: PP_elizabethsmashedpeaches on June 14th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
Love it!
Jules: actor // james // don't dream it's oversorte_13 on July 1st, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
thanks ♥
Morgan: Movies- P&Pmojotastic on June 15th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
This is such a great and pretty picspam! Thanks so much for sharing. P&P has been my favorite book for awhile but I just recently read North and South in the last month and watched the mini and OMGSOMUCHLOVE.
Jules: actress // keira // follow mesorte_13 on July 1st, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
the ending of North & South is beautiful.
thanks so much. :)
♔ Arturia: margaret ♥ you do not understand mepearlessence on June 15th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
This is simply marvelous. It was such a lovely surprise for me to find this post, so thank you for sharing!

I absolutely love both Pride and Prejudice and North and South, and have long thought there were similar themes in both stories, so this was a special delight to read. You've captured the similarities - and the aspects that make the stories different and unique - beautifully. Brava! ♥
Jules: merlin // morgana // hold onsorte_13 on July 1st, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
I don't think North & South gets enough love so i was happy to make this. :)
thankyou so much.
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Jules: actor // milo // better be home soonsorte_13 on July 1st, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
door_nob: Lizzy Bennetdoor_nob on June 15th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I love this post so much I cannot even decide which icon I want to use, Richard Armitage or Lizzy Bennett. I adore both of these adaptations though, and North & South is on my summer reading list. Maybe I'll find even more similarities!
Jules: p&p // elizabeth // i've been so blindsorte_13 on July 1st, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
oh i hope you read it, it's wonderful :)
TattooedSiren: northandsouthtattooedsiren on June 16th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
Fab picspam. Love both these movies.
Jules: alias // sydney // bad-asserysorte_13 on July 1st, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
thanks. they're both wonderful.