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  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Joseph and Becky, at least in the film adaptations of 1935 and 2004.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: David Bradley plays Sir Pitt Crawley, an old, lecherous, money-grubbing nobleman who has put two wives in their graves, in the 1998 television mini series. In 2011 he was cast as Lord Walder Frey in Game of Thrones.
  • Lighter and Softer:
    • Mira Nair's 2004 film, although it retains quite a lot of bite, also softens Becky up considerably. It emphasizes how she cares for Amelia and Rawdon, and gives her a belated but rapturous happy ending, marrying Jos and moving to India with him.
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    • The 2018 BBC adaptation plays with this, mainly by leaning into a depiction of Becky as Anti-Hero more than Villain Protagonist. In particular, it ends with her and Jos together and Jos still alive, but nevertheless alludes to the "murdered for the life insurance" interpretation of the original ending as a possible fate for Jos.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Plucky and resourceful she may be, but Becky is also a scheming, two-faced sycophant who is indifferent to the point of sociopathy about whom she hurts in her social climbing.
  • Moment of Awesome: Dobbin finally loses his temper with Amelia:
    "No, you are not worthy of the love which I have devoted to you. I knew all along that the prize I had set my life on was not worth the winning; that I was a fool, with fond fancies, too, bartering away my all of truth and ardour against your little feeble remnant of love."
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  • Values Dissonance: Thackeray was probably not trying to be rude when he described Miss Swartz as a "woolly-haired mulatto", but it certainly sounds very rude today.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Amelia is terrified of the bed she has to share with her husband.


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