I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library. - Jane Austen
Jane Austen: This, by the way, is called a country dance, after the French, contredanse. Not because it is exhibited at an uncouth rural assembly with glutinous pies, execrable Madeira, and truly anarchic dancing. Tom Lefroy: You judge the company severely, madam. Jane Austen: I was describing what you’d be thinking. Tom Lefroy: Allow me to think for myself. Jane Austen: Gives me leave to do the same, sir, and come to a different conclusion.
Another Jane Austen fan realising a dream by participating in the film is Tamzin Merchant. She was cast as Georgiana, Darcy’s sister, after writing a letter to the casting director and explaining how she was perfect for the part. After meetings, Tamzin was indeed offered the role, even though she had no previous acting experience. The novice threw herself into the work, even learning to play the piano selections that Georgiana would be playing on-screen.