Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Austen with a Twist: Lyme Park & the Shirt

“It has been coming on so gradually, that I hardly know when it began. But I believe I must date it from my first seeing his beautiful grounds at Pemberley.” 

--Elizabeth Bennet on falling in love with Mr. Darcy

If you ever find yourself in Disley, Cheshire, England, be sure to visit "Pemberley" -- Lyme Park's mansion and gardens. The estate became the seat of the mysterious Mr. Darcy (in the 1995 BBC TV series "Pride and Prejudice") and it swept Lizzy off her feet.

It was either Pemberley or the shirt that did it. I'd say it was the latter, although Jane Austen never wrote the now famous 'plunging in the lake' scene. Somehow I think she wouldn't have had any problem with it.

What if you're on the opposite side of the Pond? No worries. Head on to Washington, DC in August. Get a feel of Pemberley at the Folger Shakespeare Library. See "The Shirt." 

Or just watch this clip. Enjoy the view.

Live for the Love of it,
Sasha A. Palmer (aka Happy)

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