Pride and Prejudice for the modern girl

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

Do not make yourself uneasy, my dear cousin, about your apparel. Lady Catherine is far from requiring that elegance of dress in us which becomes herself and daughter. I would advise you merely to put on whatever of your clothes is suprior to the rest - there is no occasion for anything more. Lady Catherine will not think the worse of you for being simply dressed. She likes to have the distinction of rank preserved. (Mr. Collins, Ch. 28)

She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me... (Mr. Darcy, Ch. 3))

-This seems to be a very comfortable house. Lady Catherine, I believe, did a great deal to it when Mr. Collins first came to Hunsford.
-I believe she did - and I am sure she could not have bestowed her kindness on a more grateful object.

(Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, Ch.32)

-I am no longer surprised at your knowing only six accomplished women. I rather wonder now at your knowing any.
-Are you so severe upon your own sex as to doubt the possibility of all this?
-I never saw such a woman. I never saw such capacity, and taste, and application, and elegance, as you describe united.
(Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, Ch. 8)

She has nothing, in short, to recommend her, but being an excellent walker. I shall never forget her appearance this morning. She really looked almost wild. (Miss Hurst, Ch. 8)


I grew up with Pride and Prejudice (and before everyone tells me in comments to read the zombie version, I'll head you off and say that I might, eventually, but I'm in no hurry.) It's my mother's favorite book; she read it out loud to me when I was about 11 or 12, and I've read it on my own a couple of times since then. I've seen all the movies (my mother owns them), and while I don't know this book quite as thoroughly as she does, I know it pretty well. There are so many wonderful (and famous) quotes from P&P, it was hard to choose just a few for this post. Save the opening sentence, I thought it wise to stay away from matters of the heart, since Anya's a bit young for that now.

My mom made the dress. I can only claim responsibility for two things: choosing the yarn (done while my mom was laid up with a broken leg and couldn't go shopping on her own) and taking pictures of the finished product this morning. The pattern is from the second MDK book. It's adorable, but watch out for the armholes if you want to make this yourself; they're a little tight.

Pattern: Jane Austen dress (Rav link) from Mason-Dixon Knitting: the sequel
Yarn: Rowan Cotton Glacé, 2 skeins in the color "glacier," a lovely light mint green that is very difficult to match with any fabric or combine with other colors.
Made by: Oma, for her granddaughter Anya
There is no room to grow into this one (my daughter is a giant, apparently) so I will see to it that she wears this little dress every chance she gets!


caffeinegirl said…
Absolutely beautiful. Between you and your mom, Anja has the most enviable wardrobe!

Loved the Jane Austin. One of my favorite books, too.
Steph said…
She has certainly become an excellent walker!

Beautiful dress.
Anonymous said…
My dear, I just love all the P & P quotes! The "excellent walker" just suits Anya, doesn't it?

Mrs. Allroro said…
That was a very creative post and almost brought me to tears. You could frame those pics and post some of the quotes under them.

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