What if Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy Dated in 2015?

Think about it. What would a courtship be like for our favorite Austen couple? No waltzes, no awkward conversations, no beating around the bush. Just straight forward conversation.

Via a handheld device.

Elizabeth to Jane:   

Elizabeth: Who is that pompous guy standing next to Bingley?

Jane: LOL. The one with the frown?

Elizabeth: Yeah

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Darcy to Bingley:

Bingley: yo D, I’m asking the blond to dance. Why don’t u go for the brunette?

Darcy: smh

Bingley: What? She’s cute.

Darcy: tbh not my type

Bingley: OMG

Darcy: #true

Darcy to Elizabeth: 

Darcy: Why are u walking around the room?

Elizabeth:  Caroline asked me.

Darcy: Why?

Elizabeth: idk exercise?

Darcy: HA!

Elizabeth: I’m going to get coffee. brb in a decade.

Darcy: WTH?

Elizabeth: ARGH! sec not decade

Darcy: lol

Elizabeth: darn autocorrect

OK, so maybe that’s just an abbreviated example but you get the picture.

How would they have overcome the hurdles of communication if they lived in the 21st century? Would we still love them so much if their courtship unfolded over the abbreviated language of text messaging, auto correct, and emoticons?


In today’s world, the art of refined communication is lost on many people, particularly the younger generation. When I was growing up, I handwritten thank you notes after Christmas and birthdays—and my mother inspected each letter to ensure it was written with pretty handwriting and appropriate grammar. Today, the very woman who hounded me, inspecting my thank you notes, is grateful to receive a simple text from any of her grandchildren with a “Hey thanx for the $20, Nina!” (that’s what they call her).

There is something lost on today’s generation that relies so heavily on short little messages transmitted over a telephone, usually by tapping at tiny keyboard with two fingers. It’s hard to dive into the philosophical psyche that drives a person, especially when the texting application often randomly changes words.

Even more disconcerting is the fact that many of today’s youth are not even reading Jane Austen ,preferring to overdose on Netflix rather than learn an appreciation for the power of the written word, never mind intellectual discourse!

As for me, I’m happy to snuggle up in bed at night, a battered copy of a Jane Austen’s book in my hand and my cell phone on my nightstand. Of course, I’ll have to set it aside when my thirteen-year-old decides to text me “goodnight Mom! Love you!” because I’m a 21st century mom and need to reply with “g’nite…and I Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 10.48.50 PM you more!”

13 Responses to What if Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy Dated in 2015?

  1. Growing up, long ago, I was always extremely dutiful about writing thank-you notes, and most of my relatives could barely be bothered to reciprocate. We live in a cruel, uncaring world!

  2. Yes I see what you mean. I too used to write thank you letters and when I went to the Grammar School I had 2 penfriends (1 in America and 1 in Sweden) I certainly don’t think we would have had such a great original novel if Jane had lived in our time and I hate to think about life without all my P&P variations!!! ?

  3. My cell phone does not enter my bedroom. I still send hand written “thank-you” notes and letters to some in the family or others who don’t read their e-mails. And I have to have a book handy all the time. I do use Twitter but do have an account and never check it! And got off Face Book due to privacy issues. But then i am of an older generation. I do check my phone in the morning and do answer text messages from my family.

  4. Too funny! I am terrible at “text speech” so had to decipher the codes. LOL!

    I confess to loving my cell phone, and without a doubt tend to focus on it more than I should. But still not to the degree of younger generations. I hope Diana is correct, in that more “old fashioned” ways will return. Of course, now that cursive isn’t being taught in most schools, the hope for handwritten letters making a comeback is probably a pipe dream. 🙁

    Fun post, Sarah!

  5. I’m somewhat of a hybrid. I don’t want people to call me because I hate talking on the phone, but you can text me all day long. Conversely, I’m the chick that wanders the bookstore also looking for notecards. I like to send just because notes through the mail with pretty stamps and I still mail birthday cards and thank you notes. I will note that “text speak” drives the word nerd in me nuts. My mother has a degree in English and getting a text from her that says “r u on ur way?” makes me want to scream. I think a 2015 D&E would have successfully avoided each other and would only have met as casual acquaintances after Jane and Bingley got together. Of course, that might never happen either if 2015 Jane was peeved when Bingley took off without a word and decided there were a whole lot more fish in the sea. 😉

  6. So true! People today seldom bother to converse anymore. They gather in places with too much noise or “talk” via electronic devices. It’s really sad.

  7. I keep telling myself that with each generation rejecting what their parents did as “old-fashioned”, it’s inevitable that some generation will come along and decide to restore conversations and hand-written notes as a better way of connecting with their peers. It hasn’t happened yet, but if you examine history, some things are cyclical and with the lack of privacy related to all things electronic, non-electronic transmission could become “a thing”. 🙂

  8. It is sad, to me at least, that all the social graces have been pushed aside and the whole revolves around a handheld device. I suppose I am the only person in the world who NEVER looks at her cell phone. In fact, it is never “on” unless I am riding in the car and only then when I am waiting in the car for my dear hubby to do something or other in a hunting/fishing supply store. Heh heh. If I am at home, I am writing and have a land line right by me. My peeps know to call me if they want something, not to text! I fear that ODC would never have bothered to get acquainted in today’s world. There are too many other choices! Thanks for the interesting post.

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