my p&p work

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.
Unleash it.
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.
—  moving on

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE RACEBENDING: requested by
acceber74, irresistible-revolution, and rob-anybody

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.