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Heartwarming / Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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  • A subtle one from the first meeting between Elizabeth and Darcy; when she says that poetry is a terrible way to court someone, Darcy immediately asks what she would suggest instead. Underneath that cold, brusque exterior, he's actually completely unsure what to say or do and trying to calculate how he can court her.
  • The first time we see Darcy smile, it's when we see him with his sister Georgiana for the first time. The next, it's with Elizabeth- when they're sharing a playful joke about her poor skills playing the piano, and Darcy's apparently telling Georgiana that Lizzie plays 'quite well'. Georgiana's teasing, pleased smile in her brother's direction says it all.
    • There's something oddly adorable about Darcy giving his sister that "Shut up!" look every older sibling has given their younger sibling at least once. Haughty and sarcastic as he can be, he still acts like any other big brother who was just embarrassed in front of his crush.
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  • Darcy helping Bingley rehearse for his apology and proposal to Jane. The scene takes place at a distance, so the audience can only catch snippets- but it's clear that Bingley is frantic, constantly pacing and fluffing whatever he planned to say, and Darcy is almost hilariously uncomfortable- but sticking with it nevertheless for the sake of helping his friend.
  • Mr. Bennet consoling and comforting Mary after she embarrasses herself, especially since he more or less ignores his youngest three daughters in other adaptations.
  • That Mr Bennet and Mrs Bennet seem relatively Happily Married compared to the books, despite their difference in personality. In the opening, when he confirms that he has already called upon Mr Bingley, Mrs Bennet rushes forwards and kisses him and he returns it.
  • Toward the end when Darcy and Elizabeth meet again:
    Mr. Darcy: You must know... surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I'd scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.
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  • Charlotte’s look of attention and devotion during her husband’s sermon (she seems to be the only one listening). It might be a hint some genuine fondness has developed between them after all.
  • For all of Mrs. Bennet's faults, she does genuinely love her daughters. She is certainly a little too pleased with the fifteen-year-old Lydia marrying Mr. Wickham after their spontaneous elopement, but as she watches them leave the house, she tearfully says, "There's nothing so bad as parting with one's children. One seems so forlorn without them." Elizabeth, who is at odds with her mother throughout the film, gives her a comforting hug from behind.

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