I hope you saw her petticoat, six inches deep in mud...

Ah, the mud.

While watching Pride & Prejudice (2005) for the umpteenth time, what struck me was the script's adherence to life in a rural English village during the Regency period. The laundry hanging in the yard, the quiet contemplation of a gentleman's daughter with little to no duties in the house thus having to fill her time with other pursuits, and the infamous English weather. It felt... real.

Adam Spunberg, a cohort of mine and one of the founders of The Austen Project, interviewed scriptwriter Deborah Moggach of that particular film. I love how she shaped the Bennets into a family -- less formal and more emotional than other depictions, and invited the viewer to care about the love story brewing between Elizabeth and Darcy while scandal and social restrictions spun around them.

Please pop over to read the interview and see how Moggach wove this story of love, betrayal and forgiveness connected with a 21st century audience.


Adam continues with part II his interview today with Ms. Moggach, touching on added scenes and where the heck was Wickham? (I happen to like the American ending as well, Adam!)


  1. Swoon. I needed this and will read the interview. You are a yummy love muffin.

  2. Sounds realistic and slightly sexy with all that mud.

  3. Thank you so much, Stacey! Your write-up is so clever and intriguing, as always. Thank you:)

  4. Thank you! I love being involved with the creative people who work so diligently to be true to the spirit of Austen. I'm lucky to be on the fringe!