The Bennets are expecting a visitor - Mr Bennet's clergyman cousin, who will inherit the estate in the absence of any direct male heirs. Mr Collins is coming to Longbourn with the intention of healing the rift between his branch of the family and the Bennets. Though Mrs Bennet cannot help thinking he has come to check over the place, he arrives with the best of intentions. Written by
Did You Know?
The white gown with silver trimmings Norma Streader
(Lady Lucas) wears to the Christmas party at the Philips' is the same gown worn by an extra at Fanny's ball in Mansfield Park
(1999), and an extra at a London ball in Byron
(2003). See more
During the Netherfield Ball scene, the reflection of the camera crew's lights can be seen in the mirror of the ballroom. See more
Do you talk by rule, then, when you're dancing?
Yes, sometimes it is best. Then we may enjoy the advantage of saying as little as possible.
Do you consult your own feelings in this case, or seek to gratify mine?
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.
This is no very striking resemblance of your own character, I'm sure.
March (from The Marriage of Figaro)
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart See more