The 1995 miniseries picks up on the mantelpiece detail from the book and has a recurring image of Darcy at the fireplace. The first several times it occurs, while he’s talking over the first ball with the Bingleys, realizing his attraction to Elizabeth at the Lucases’ party, and proposing for the first time, there’s a mirror over each mantel, which he’s drawn to. Faced with all the warmth and fire of emotions he doesn’t know how to handle, all he can see is himself, his own reflected image and limited view of the world.
The next time we see him at the fireplace it’s after Elizabeth has left the get-together at Pemberley and Miss Bingley is desperately attempting to put her rival down. But this time there’s no mirror. He’s moved past that.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth has a habit of looking at herself in her bedroom mirror and then blowing out her candle, as if she’s able to self-reflect but would rather remain in the dark about herself.
They have left you.
They have long since abandoned you.
Stop holding onto a past that was lost.
Stop bearing weight against a broken floor.
Soon you will crumble through
And find yourself shattered.
Venture forward instead.
You are not nothing without them.
Your everything resides in you and you alone.
Show them what they will miss.
Show them that they did not define you.
Show them that they will never define you.
Show them that you are still alive.
Unleash yourself and venture forward.
Do not look back.
You are infinite.
You will survive the journey.
“And then this moment coming up. When they almost kissed was something that we actually talked about in the screen test that we did with Matthew. But that… does it all. They just fancy each other. Basically. Lizzie and Darcy really, really fancy each other.”Joe Wright
“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.”
santiago cabrera as fitzwilliam darcy
Note: I admit that the inspiration for this came from seeing Santiago in Anna Karenina. This was also a chance for me to portray Mr Darcy as a wealthy Anglo-Chilean gentleman.