Romantic Moment of the Week: Lizzy Bennet and Col. Fitzwilliam Darcy


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Lizzy Bennet (Lily James) shows curiosity the moment she first sees Mr. Darcy at the ball.
Pride Prejudice and Zombies
Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) sees Lizzy for the first time across the room at a ball.

THE FILM: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

THE CHARACTERS: Lizzy Bennet (Lily James) and Col. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Sam Riley)

THE MOMENT: Darcy proposes to Miss Bennet


Of all the reincarnations of Jane Austen’s classic love story Pride and Prejudice, perhaps there’s none as creative as that of the literary mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Based on the novel (of the same name) authored by Seth Grahame-Smith, and also bearing the name, Jane Austen, today’s romantic moment is from the recently released to DVD film adaptation, which I must confess I wound up adoring.

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From here on out, be warned, there will be lots of SPOILERS.

The Lead-In: Lizzy Bennet and Colonel Darcy

This Lizzy Bennet and Darcy pairing are on an even more equal ground than Austen’s classic pits them. There they are matched wit for wit, but here they are equal to one another in their weaponry skills as experts. Their romance is comprised of beginnings that are much the same as Austen’s original, at a ball. It’s there that their eyes first lock and an instant spark of curiosity is born.

Following this, there are unexpected meetings in society, a (literal) sparring proposal, and an eloquent letter in which Darcy says the following:

“Of all weapons in the world, I now know love to be the most dangerous. For I have suffered a mortal wound. When did I fall so deeply under your spell, Ms. Bennet? I cannot fix the hour or the spot or the look or the words which lay the foundation. I was in the middle before I knew I began.”

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Pride Prejudice Zombies
Mr. Darcy proposes marriage to Lizzy with disastrous results!
Lizzy's reaction after feeling insulted by Darcy's proposal of marriage.
Lizzy’s reaction after feeling insulted by Darcy’s proposal of marriage.

These words alone might very well be the moment that changed Lizzy’s mind. (I know it did mine!)

As time passes, they part but eventually, they meet again where they end up side-by-side fighting the undead. Somehow, through it all, Lizzy’s feelings slowly melt for Darcy. So much so that during the epic climax (during which, Lizzy and Darcy are being chased by hordes of zombies), when Lizzy believes Darcy to have died, she confesses the truth.

Pride Prejudice Zombies

Seeing him lying on the ground, unmoving, she slowly (suffering an injury herself) makes her way over to his prone body where she hunches, weeping over him, and whispers, “The very first moment I beheld you, my heart was irrevocably gone.” Leaning down, she places a kiss on his lips.

As the camera pans out to encompass the destruction surrounding Lizzy lying over Darcy, we then transition into today’s romantic moment.

The Romantic Moment

The Bennet women are sitting in Lady Catherine De Bough’s grand hall cleaning their weapons (because, naturally, that’s what ladies of society do) when in strides Mr. Bingley requesting an audience with Miss Jane Bennet. At this point, there has yet to be a sighting of Darcy. Lizzy looking fully recovered watches Jane leave with Bingley. This departure then admits the arrivals of Colonel Darcy much to the subtle pleasure of Lizzy Bennet.

Pride Prejudice Zombies

Pride Prejudice Zombies

Walking into the room with his usual purpose and air of nobility, Darcy too looks fully recovered as his aunt asks after his health. Their pleasantries are soon interrupted by a squeal of pleasure from Jane, which confirms that Bingley has finally proposed marriage, and earns a small, rare smile of pleasure from Darcy.

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Everyone rises and makes to enter the next room, presumably to celebrate with the happy couple. Darcy stands aside to make way for the ladies as Lizzy brings up the end of the line where Darcy halts her.

Pride Prejudice Zombies

Pride Prejudice Zombies

They exchange words of politeness. Darcy credits her with his being alive by saying, “If it wasn’t for you I’d of surely perished. You have saved me in more ways than one.”

Lizzy Bennet and Col. Fitzwilliam Darcy

Surprised to hear Darcy credit her with such a feat, Lizzy raises her eyes to meet his at this statement. He continues by giving more a statement than a question, “What you said to me on Hingham Bridge…”

Lizzy Bennet and Col. Fitzwilliam Darcy

In surprise, Lizzy asks, “You heard me?”Lizzy Bennet and Col. Fitzwilliam Darcy

Softening, he simply replies, “I did.”

A crossed look passes over Lizzy’s face as if she were upset she admitted something in confidence, little realizing the receiving party was comprehending her feeling. Admitting to something he ordinarily wouldn’t, he continues by saying, “It gave me hope.”

Lizzy Bennet and Col. Fitzwilliam Darcy

Lizzy Bennet and Col. Fitzwilliam Darcy

Softly she queries, “For what?”

With ever the slightest crack in his confidence, he returns, “That your feelings towards me may have changed?” Pressing ahead, he assures her with the following, “However one word from you now will silence me on the subject forever.”

Raising her chin with the smallest show of defiance, Lizzy stands there saying nothing forcing Darcy to continue.

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Taking opportunity from what the silence presents, he steps closer to Lizzy. Gazing downward, once Lizzy raises her eyes to again meet his, only then does he persist. Tenderly and with the kind of conviction that allows for no doubt, his romantic declaration continues. “You are the love of my life, Elizabeth Bennet. So I ask you now…” A brief pause separates these words from his next. “Half in anguish… half in hope…” He ends his speech with the glorious words Lizzy has been wishing to hear spoken from Fitzwilliam Darcy, “Will you do me the great honor of taking me for your husband?”

Pride Prejudice Zombies

Pride Prejudice Zombies

Pride Prejudice Zombies

Tears shimmering in her eyes, a single word affirms her consent, “Yes,” she replies.

Pride Prejudice Zombies

And for the second time in a matter of minutes, Darcy again, smiles as he looks into the face of the woman who has captured his heart.

Pride Prejudice Zombies

Pride Prejudice Zombies

Together they meet for a kiss.

Pride Prejudice Zombies

Pride Prejudice Zombies

Although this literary mashup isn’t as romantic as its original counterpart, I must tell you that this scene holds its own. I’m not sure if it’s the acting, the staging or the script, but when Sam Riley says the words, “You are the love of my life…” the romantic fangirl in me was gone. If I had any residual doubt about whether or not this was my kind of film, this scene and moment erased all of my doubts.

What can I say? I’m one of those sappy fangirls who loves a good romantic ending.

What did you think of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Do you like this Lizzy Bennet and Darcy? What’s your favorite romantic moment? Comment with your thoughts down below. I’d be most pleased to chat with you about this recent adaptation.


Photos: Sony Pictures

 

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Rissi JC

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Rissi is a self-diagnosed Bookaholic and TV fandom addict. She’s currently an avid blogger and reader who enjoys interacting with readers, and often dreams about finishing her first novel. When not writing or reading, she can be found working as an INSPYs advisory board member or contributing to e-zines. Her scribbles are housed on her blog Finding Wonderland (http://www.rissiwrites.com).

  • Kara @ FoQH

    AAAAHHHHH!! I love this scene! My heart completely melted at that moment, just like Lizzy’s. Somehow I just knew you’d love this film, Rissi. 🙂 Lily and Sam are a fabulous Lizzy and Darcy, in my opinion. The gentle way they play this scene, the scariness of putting themselves out there is felt in every action and word, and the beautiful way they make clear how their hearts are one… *dreamy sigh* It’s just perfectly played by both of them! And now I need another rewatch. Only my 10th or so by now…I think. 😉

    • I did LOVE this film, Kara. I confess I did have reservations early on (about 20-30 minutes in), but if nothing else did (which it did), this scene completely made up for that! Wise words, and I love reading how you see this scene. So good.

      As for a 10th re-watch, I’d agree, I hardly think that’s enough. 😉 Happy zombie-hunting with Lizzy and Darcy!

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