“.…..I might still have been but for you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth“
Is that not the most beautiful, perfect phrase in the whole story? Of any story? It is perfect in every way and when I start Chapter xvi of Vol III of Pride & Prejudice, I can barely wait to read it in it’s true context.
I’ll be so bold as to defy anybody to quote me any other phrase from any of Jane Austen‘s works or any other authors for that matter that can excel this ‘…. dearest, loveliest Elizabeth‘; the first time that Darcy addressed her by her given name, something he had been wanting desperately to do for so long and said with such deep feeling and emotion; I love it. And I’m sure that Miss Elizabeth Bennet did too.
And I hope nobody will be so brazen as to quote Rhett Butlers farewell to Scarlett O’Hara in ‘Gone With The Wind’ because frankly my dears I do give a damn!