Pride and Prejudice is an amazing novel, full of humor, satire and heart stirring romance. But as wonderful as it is, there are certain parts of the story that didn’t make it into the novel, scenes I wish Jane Austen had included in the original story. When you read Pride and Prejudice, are there any scenes you wish you could see? Here is a list of my favorite “MIA”s.
1) In the 1995 BBC movie version of the book, there’s a wonderful conversation early on between Jane and Elizabeth, in which Elizabeth clearly explains to Jane why at least one of the Bennet sisters “will have to marry very well.” Austen didn’t include this in her novel because it wasn’t necessary for her readers. Being from that day and time they already understood why Mrs. Bennet would be so desperately seeking husbands for her daughters. But those of us reading from two centuries and a hugely different culture away could use a bit of an explanation.
2) I would love to see Mr. Collins propose to Charlotte. That had to be a hilarious conversation! We can assume he was as pompous and conceited in his second proposal as in his first, although you would think he might learn a little humility from his first attempt. Was he tactless enough to inform Charlotte that she was only his second choice? I wouldn’t put it past him! And yet Charlotte still had to accept him. Please tell me she retained some shred of dignity during what had to be a humiliating experience!
3) When Darcy goes looking for Wickham and Lydia in London. I really, really want to know what Darcy said to Wickham (the cad!) when he finally caught up with them. Did he chew Wickham out or just maintain a cold air of disapproval? Did Georgiana’s name come up? Did Wickham wonder why Darcy was getting involved in the Bennet family business? And if so, did he guess any part of the answer? Wickham was not stupid; I suspect he had a strong suspicion about what was going on behind the scenes. It would have been lovely to see that all play out.
4) The conversation between Darcy and Bingley where Darcy confessed his interference in all of Bingley’s affairs. This was a key moment in Darcy’s transformation, when he admitted the error of his ways and vowed to do better in the future. Austen strongly implies that Darcy not only confessed his failings, but also his feelings for Elizabeth. (If not then, then certainly by the night of his engagement.) Somebody, please, go write that scene!!!
5) When Lady Catherine receives Darcy’s letter announcing his engagement to Elizabeth. Ha ha!!! Charlotte says that her ladyship was so “incensed” that she and Collins have to leave Hunsford. I would pay good money to see Lady Catherine in a real tizzy, wouldn’t you? Leaving this out just seems cruel on Austen’s part. 🙁
But most of all, I would love to see more of the scene where Darcy and Elizabeth finally confess their feelings to each other. Jane Austen’s description of this moment leaves a lot to the imagination! There’s no direct dialog, just a description of Elizabeth accepting his proposal and a description of how Darcy responds. It’s not until a few minutes later that we start to actually “hear” their conversation with each other.
And let’s be honest: we’d really like to see this:
What about you? What scenes do you wish appeared in Pride and Prejudice? What about missing scenes from Jane Austen’s other novels? Let me know in the comments below!