“In vain I have struggled, it will not do. My feelings will not be repressed - you must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. In declaring myself thus I am fully aware that I will be going expressly against the wishes of my family, my friends and I hardly need add my own better judgement. The relative situation of our families is such that any alliance between us must be regarded as a highly reprehensible connection. Indeed as a rational man I cannot but regard it as such myself - but it cannot be helped. Almost from the earliest moments of our acquaintance I have come to feel for you a passionate admiration and regard, which despite all my struggles has overcome every rational objection and I beg you most fervently to relieve my suffering and consent to be my wife.”
The would-be lip lock after so much bickering? Knightley says the idea was hatched not by “Pride and prejudice” director Joe Wright but well before filming began, when she and Macfadyen met in an audition room. “I did the scene with all of the guys who were up for Darcy, because I was cast before we found Mr. Darcy. It wasn’t in the script at all. But as we were doing the scene, it just so happened that it felt right to do, right at the end. So we went through the scene, and we did it really, really quickly. We were literally in each other’s faces. And then we both went in for a kiss, and went out. There was complete silence in the room. And he was cast straight after that.
One of the make up artists stood beside me when we were shooting this, and she whispered very quietly “I wish that was my life.” And I think wish fulfillment serves a purpose. I think a lot of people consider it a cop-out or a cynical act, but I think wish fulfillment is really important in drama, and it’s important for the people who watch it and the people who make it. We need to have something to reach for, to not settle for less. (Joe Wright)
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 would 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.