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JANE AUSTEN COMES TO THE 21ST CENTURY

by Paul Butler

Keira Knightley in the film version of Pride and Prejudice

An elaborate dance in strict formation is underway in an ornate early 1800s ballroom. Our focus is on a particular couple: A sullen gentleman and a twinkling-eyed, but disdainful young woman. The interweaving movements of the dance bring them within earshot of each other, only for brief snatches of conversation.

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