I've been obsessing on all my Jane Austen movies lately, watching them over and over again. I have 3 versions of Pride and Prejucide on DVD, as well as a paperback and the audio book on cassette. I have 3 versions of Emma on DVD, and 2 versions of Sense & Sensibility. I just watch them over and over. The hubs thinks I'm nuts of course, and won't sit still for even 5 minutes of all this "old stuff". But I love it. I love the stories, the manners, the clothes, and I especially love the tea and china rituals.
Today I watched Persuasionwith Amanda Root playing Anne Elliot, long-suffering and submissive, who finds love in spite of her interfering friends and disapproving family. I like this version, even though it does take some liberties with the story. But the changes are obviously attempts to simplify the story, which does get a bit complex, and at least they haven't messed too much with the key characters or main events.
What I want to share here are the special moments in cups
This is one of my favorite cups. We see these large two-handled cups used at Mary's (Anne's married sister) for breakfast, which I assume means they might contain coffee instead of tea? I tried to find cups like these online, and even bought a book about antique china, but I couldn't find anything about them anywhere.
This is from a wonderful scene in the movie, where Anne, while visiting her sister Mary, takes tea with her in-laws the Musgroves, and spends the entire time listening to everyone's woes and complaints over their cups. It's a wonderful illustration of Anne's patient nature, and her role in the family.
And of course, the blue china cups are beautiful.
A quiet moment in a public shop. I like to think there might be hot chocolate in this cup. Anne doesn't seem to be aware of anything, however. She sips in a bemused state, thinking about her beloved Captain Wentworth.