Bellamy’s halfway through a reread of Crusader
(by Edward Bloor, a childhood favorite of his) when he notices that he’s no
longer the only person in that particular aisle of shelves.
He doesn’t usually have spare time to sit
around in bookshops, but he doesn’t have work ‘til 4 today and he was ready to
lose his mind sitting in his apartment by himself all day.
He’s vaguely aware of the couple’s conversation
for a few minutes before he actually takes notice of them. He only means to glance at them quickly—he hears something about Pride and Prejudice, which has
always been a favorite of his, no matter how his sister teases him about it—but
something about the blonde girl has his gaze lingering long enough to notice
how uncomfortable she looks.
Somehow he can’t quite get lost in the book
again after that. Each time he stares down at the words, something she says
manages to catch his interest. She’s got an interesting take on the character
of Lydia Bennet and he finds himself wanting to talk to her about it, maybe
push back on a couple of the points he doesn’t quite agree with. The guy she’s
talking to—it seems unlikely he’s her boyfriend now—hardly replies to each of
her articulate responses before he pushes on to another question, like he’s
searching desperately for some common ground where he can muster a similarly
Somehow, Bellamy doubts he’s going to find it.
He’s also not particularly sure why he feels a small amount of animosity toward
this guy he’s never spoken to. That feeling, combined with the look of discomfort
that hasn’t seemed to leave her face for the duration of the conversation has
him wanting to interrupt. Which would be
a bad idea. Definitely.
Emotionally Powerful Lines from some of my Favourite Books
“What did you say of me, that I did not deserve? For, though your accusations were ill-founded, formed on mistaken premises, my behaviour to you at the time had merited the severest reproof. It was unpardonable. I cannot think of it without abhorrence.”
-Pride and Prejudice
“At the edge of the jungle, he stopped. I was certain he would turn my way. He would look at me. He would flatten his ears. He would growl. In some such way, he would conclude our relationship. He did nothing of the sort. He only looked fixedly into the jungle. Then Richard Parker, companion of my torment, awful, fierce thing that kept me alive, moved forward and disappeared forever from my life.”
If you’re starved for television and the pickings for this summer are leaving you less than verklempt, it might be worth it to binge-watch the “Lizzie Bennet Diaries” — three-minute dispatches that take you through Lizzie’s life in modern-day California while following the plot of “Pride and Prejudice.”
There’s an entire generation of people, mostly women, who will know exactly what you mean when you utter the words, ‘Way harsh, Tai.’ And similarly, another crop who can just as easily identify the movie that’s responsible for this line: 'This is an occasion for genuinely tiny knickers.’
Such is the legacy of Jane Austen who, in addition to inspiring many miniseries and movie adaptations of 'Emma’ and 'Pride and Prejudice,’ provided source material for millennial spinoff movies as well. Think 'Clueless,’ the 1995 retelling of 'Emma,’ and 'Bridget Jones’s Diary,’ which is 'Pride and Prejudice’ through and through — complete with an 'it is a truth universally acknowledged’ reference.
Now there’s a novel cribbed from a Web series drawn from 'Pride and Prejudice.’