P&P: Behind the Scenes – The Lucas Lodge Party (from Sir William’s POV) — 14 Comments

  1. Poor Sir William. Doesn’t seem to have a clue dealing with an upper class gentleman like Darcy. Poor Darcy. He doesn’t know how to talk to the lady with the fine eyes. Cannot wait to read the next behind-the-scenes variation.

    • From what I recall of Pride and Prejudice, this was the first time Darcy had anywhere near a civil conversation with Elizabeth. In the interaction, it was Lizzy who was borderline rude–she should have accepted Darcy’s offer. That he did not take offense showed he was not as proud and disagreeable as she presumed. He (wrongly) assumed that she could tell that he had been trapped into the offer by Sir William and had given him an out.

      You know what they say about assuming…

  2. I had commented, but somehow my comment was lost and so I will try again. You have made Sir William Lucas more ridiculous than he appears in P&P. Here is one example: “By conscious effort, Sir William changed his manner of comportment. Since his every word was important, he learned to choose them with great care. His friend, Thomas Bennet, was a great help in this endeavor. Bennet advised Sir William to use words of at least four syllables whenever possible. Sir William knew he was on the right track every time Bennet smiled or chuckled.” I mean the self-importance he shows by listening to Bennet’s advice to use 4 syllable words and he is too obtuse (or simple) to see Bennet is amused by him. Or how he compared Mr/ Darcy’s response to his comments to those of importance at Court. I could comment on more, but then my response might be as long as your missing scene. Thank you so much for a chuckle and laughter so early this morning.

    • Thanks. In reading this scene, I felt Austen was telling us something about Sir William. That he constantly brought up the Court of St. James was gauche. He was formerly from trade, just like the Bingleys. I’m sure Lady Lucas, in her own way, was just as insufferable as Mrs. Bennet. I decided to have fun with it. I hope I made clear that Sir William is harmless, for I think he is.

  3. This was delightful, and perfectly captures Sir William. I do love how amiable and unaware he is. He considers Mister Bennet a great friend, and seems not to understand Bennet’s personality at all. He doesn’t understand that nine times out of ten, Bennet is laughing at him. The line about Bennet urging him to use words of at least four syllables was hilarious. What a valuable neighbor and friend Sir William was. He provided amusement for Mister Bennet and seemed totally unaware that he was being laughed at. You told us exactly what Austen said about him, but you made it fresh, interesting and much more amusing. There is something very endearing about Sir William. He has such a childlike innocence and such great delight at the wonders of life, and is so pleased with his perceived importance. What a pity that capital is only three syllables…

  4. I think we all know at least one Sir Lucas. Harmless, clueless and very self-important. He and Mr. Collins deserved to be related. LOL I had to grin at Mr. Bennet smiling/chuckling at Sir Lucas. Yes, dear sir, you have set yourself up for continual amusement. Lovely piece. One rarely sees the world through these glasses.

  5. A sly and humorous vignette from Sir Lucas’ POV–his many misunderstandings of his “station” and of those around him–I loved Bennet’s advice to him to use large words and his assumption that he was doing it well whenever Bennet was amused–are quite gently satirized here. So much fun!! Thank you for starting my morning with a smile!

    Susanne 🙂

  6. sir William is one of my favorites. He is always so pleasant. So social!
    I really enjoyed this chapter through his eyes !!

  7. Condescending airs…but are we any better? Talents and wisdom are not bestowed on all. Some are just simple people with simple pleasures.

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