Jane Austen plunged her quill into a sea of human emotion when she created the characters of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, and as her words continue to reflect the romantic consciousness of readers two centuries later, an image of the larger than life literary figure which she imagined into existence in the print page recently reflected in the waters of Serpentine lake in London’s Hyde Park.
A 12-foot Polycarve plastic and fiberglass rendition of Colin Firth from the 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice— fashioned to promote a new television channel– greeted passersby in Hyde Park on July 8th before embarking on a tour which will ultimately lead to Lyme Park in Cheshire, where the scene which made such a big splash among TV viewers was filmed. Janeites will be able visit the vision of Mr. Darcy in Lyme Park through February 2014, the Daily Mail reports.
2013 also marks the 200th anniversary of the novel “Pride and Prejudice,” and fans of fashion as well as classic romantic fiction can enjoy an up close look at the costumes which helped to weave Austen’s tale on TV as The Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton will unveil the exhibition “She Had Dressed with More than Her Usual Care” on October 1st.
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