A Truth Universally Acknowledged

It’s the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice. The BBC is aflutter with articles about the book’s modern appeal, what Jane Austen read, and discussions that gush about Austen’s genius. All things to make every Austenite giddy about. We’ve put together some P&P related items, with a particular emphasis on Mr. Darcy, and slipped in our favorite passages from the book.

• The Keep Calm and Read Jane Austen tea towel is a much needed reminder in the kitchen, but be careful not to run off re-reading your favorite passages while your tea oversteeps.

• This Blue Bonnet might have been the kind the Bennet sisters wore during the summer. It’s definitely not something Ms. Bingley would approve of.

• The 1995 BBC version of P&P lowered the neckline of the ladies’ gowns to a degree that would have been unwholesome in Jane Austen’s time. A Lace Fichu like this one would have filled that space. And when anyone mentions lace, only one thing comes to mind…

“I dare say the lace upon Mrs. Hurst’s gown—”

• These Cuff Links by Kate Smith frame Darcy’s most biting remark:

“My temper would perhaps be called resentful. My good opinion once lost, is lost forever.”

• Laura Andrews’ Mug has one of Mrs. Bennet’s many amusing lines. Here’s another:

“You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion for my poor nerves.”

• This Pemberley Shirt by Brookish is screen-printed with the great estate that so inspired Lizzy when she first saw it. Lady Catherine had her doubts:

“Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?”

• This Clutch by Chick-Lit Designs would be a magnificent way to carry around your tattered copy of P&P. You could take Ms. Bingley’s cue and proclaim at a party:

“You are considering how insupportable it would be to pass many evenings in this manner—in such society; and indeed I am quite of your opinion.”

• Nadine’s Earrings drop hints of text about Jane and Mr. Bingley. Hopefully you will not be so worried about their relationship to burst out:

“Ah, you do not know what I suffer.”

• Claire’s Hand-Printed Card says it all. Fill it with gossip about your neighbors, because, in the words of Mr. Bennet:

“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?”

• Sarah’s Vintage Edition is one book you have to have on your shelf. You can pull it out and remind yourself of gems like:

“Yes, and her petticoat; I hope you saw her petticoat, six inches deep in mud, I am absolutely certain.”

• This T-Shirt by BookFiend makes the wearer a “modern day Darcy” and make the decisive comment:

“She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.”