Funny / Persuasion

From the book:

  • The description from Chapter 6 of the deceased Richard Musgrove, which was nothing more nor less at the time than a riff on 'Dick' being a low-class nickname... and is now a good example of Have a Gay Old Time.
    "[Richard] had, in fact... been nothing better than a thick-headed, unfeeling, unprofitable Dick Musgrove, who had never done any thing to entitle himself to more than the abbreviation of his name, living or dead."
  • Admiral Croft confesses to Anne that he's made one or two changes to the decorating in Kellynch... namely, he's had the four walls of mirrors moved out of the bedroom because he was getting rather unsettled having to stare at himself all the time.

From the adaptations:

  • When she visits the Musgroves, Anne sits quietly as every member of the household—her sister, Charles, Mrs. Musgrove, Henrietta, and Louisa—talks her ear off with complaints about whichever member of the family she was previously listening to.
  • In the 1995 BBC version, Corin Redgrave's performance as Sir Walter was hilarious, dropped r's and all. Doubles as a Casting Gag because Corin Redgrave was a very active left-wing political activist playing an Upper-Class Twit.
    Sir Walter: [to Wentworth] Anne? You want to marry Anne? ...Whatever for?
  • And from that scene, the way Wentworth's smile freezes on his face at that response, which is paired with Harville looks at him with a much less-restrained expressions that screams "WTF?"

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