Pride and Prejudice

Season 1 Episode 2

Part 2

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 08, 1995 on BBC
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A visit from the Bennets' cousin, Mr Collins, throws the family into disarray, while Elizabeth's acquaintance with Wickham solidifies her distrust and dislike of Darcy.

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  • When Mr.Collins, the cousin who is to inherit the Bennet family home, arrives for a visit, Mrs. Bennet is hoping to interest him in marrying Lizzie. Meanwhile, Lizzie comes to dislike Darcy even more when she hears unpleasant stories about him.moreless

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    In episode two, we find the Bennet's preparing for a visit from Mr. Bennet's cousin, Mr. Collins who, as we know, will inherit the Bennet estate upon Mr. Bennet's death due to the entails laws which applied in Britain at the time that the original "Pride and Prejudice" was published.



    Mrs. Bennet is unhappy about the upcoming visit until her husband informs her that Mr. Collins, according to his letter, wishes to make some kind of 'ammends' to the Bennet family. Upon meeting the portly, dense and extremely talkative clergyman, everyone except Mrs. Bennet soon sees him for the absolute fool that he is. Mrs. Bennet is too busy trying to marry him off to Lizzie to notice his idiocy. His constant chatter about his Patroness, 'The Honourable Lady Catherine de Bourgh' (Barbara Leigh-Hunt) and her magnificent home, Rosings Park, soon drive the Bennet family to distraction but Mrs. Bennet is very keen to keep the family home within the family and so, she encourages the silly man and his nonsense.



    Meanwhile, the Bennet sisters make the acquaintance of Mr. George Wickham (Adrian Lukis) who is a soldier, quartered with the rest of his company at Meryton, a nearby town. The two youngest girls are very taken with the dashing soldiers and Elizabeth finds herself very drawn to Mr. Wickham who surprises her greatly when he says that he grew up on the Darcy estate, Pemberley, a magnificent property and residence which is worth a great deal of money. Mr. Wickham tells her that he and Darcy grew up together as boys due to the fact that Mr. Wickham senior was the elder Mr. Darcy's steward. She is incredibly shocked, however, to hear that when old Mr. Darcy died, his son refused to honour his father's promise to place Mr.Wickham in a parish for, apparently, he wished to make the church his career.



    Wickham's tales of Darcy's treachery do not surprise her in the least and in fact, they give her more reason to dislike himand his 'kind'. However, she has more to worry about than Darcy when Mr. Collins, urged on by an excited Mrs. Bennet, proposes to her and doesn't seem to quite 'get it' when she politely refuses to accept him. Mrs. Bennet is crushed as Mr. Collins leaves the house, hurt and angry but Mr. Bennet is delighted, confiding to his daughter that he would have been very displeased if she had agreed to wed such a stupid man.



    Yet another brilliant episode, made more so by the hilarious comedic skills of David Bamber in his excellent portrayal of the bumbling, boorish Mr. Collins. Must-see television!moreless
Lynn Farleigh

Lynn Farleigh

Mrs. Philips

Guest Star

Christopher Benjamin

Christopher Benjamin

Sir William Lucas

Guest Star

David Bark-Jones

David Bark-Jones

Lt. Denny

Guest Star

Lucy Scott

Lucy Scott

Charlotte Lucas

Recurring Role

Kate O'Malley

Kate O'Malley

Sarah, the maid

Recurring Role

Lucy Robinson

Lucy Robinson

Mrs. Hurst

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Mr. Darcy: Do you talk by rule, then, when you are dancing?
      Elizabeth Bennet: Yes, sometimes it is best. Then we may enjoy the advantage of saying as little as possible.
      Mr. Darcy: Do you consult your own feelings in this case, or seek to gratify mine?
      Elizabeth Bennet: Both, I imagine. We are each of an unsocial taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room.
      Mr. Darcy: This is no very striking resemblance of your own character, I am sure.

    • Mr. Wickham: Mr. Collins's conversation is very, um… wholesome.
      Elizabeth Bennet: And there's plenty to be had of it, I assure you.

    • Mr. Collins: You may imagine, Sir, how happy I am on every occasion to offer those little delicate compliments which are always acceptable to ladies.
      Mr. Bennet: It is fortunate for you, Mr. Collins, that you possess such an extraordinary talent for flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment or are they the result of previous study?
      Mr. Collins: They arise chiefly from what is passing at the time, Sir. I do sometimes amuse myself by writing down and arranging such little compliments as may be adapted to ordinary occasions, but I try to give them as unstudied an air as possible.
      Mr. Bennet: Excellent!

    • Mr. Collins: What a charming apartment you have here, Mrs. Philips. Upon my word, it reminds me greatly of a small summer breakfast room at Rosings.
      Mrs. Philips: Does it, indeed, sir? I'm much obliged to you, I'm sure.
      Jane Bennet: I'm sure that Mr. Collins wishes to pay a compliment, aunt.
      Mrs. Philips: Does he? I see.

    • Jane Bennet: I believe you like Mr. Wickham, Lizzie.
      Elizabeth Bennet: I confess I do like him. I do not see how anyone could not like him.

    • Mrs. Bennet: Ah, you look very well, Lizzie! You'll never be as pretty as your sister, Jane, but I will say you look very well, indeed!

    • Lydia Bennet: Lizzie, I hope you will not keep Wickham to yourself all night; Kitty and I want to dance with him as well, you know.
      Elizabeth Bennet: I promise I shall not. Even if I wished to, I could not. I have to dance at least the first two with Mr. Collins.
      Lydia Bennet: Oh yes, he's threatened to dance with us all.

    • Mr. Darcy: If you are not otherwise engaged, would you do me the honour of dancing the next with me, Miss Bennet?
      Elizabeth Bennet: Why, I - had not - I - thank you, yes. (Mr. Darcy walks away)
      Elizabeth Bennet: (to Charlotte Lucas) Oh! Why could I not think of an excuse? Hateful man! I promised myself I would never dance with him.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The exteriors for the town of Meryton were filmed at Lacock Village in Wiltshire.
      The Netherfield ballroom scenes were filmed at Brocket Hall in Welwyn Garden City.

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