Day of de Bourgh: P&P & Zombies II


I was interested to see that most recently the better half (being gore-splattered women, I hope) of my blahggery activity has [probably] been due to blatant curiosity concerning the thread titled Dawn of de Bourgh (moreso than its content) that I plugged on Austenprose

Good silly stuff.

Still, I’m curious to see what Seth Graham-Smith does with classic. Many seem pretty apalled by literary rape, but I – frankly – am hard-pressed to think of a better alternative.


Day of de Bourgh

Day of de Bourgh

I’d gather non-advocates are likely to overlook that the raw narrative of much [z-]apocalyptic fiction relies on solid character development in response to overwhelming crises. Lauded for Lizzy B. & Darcy – as standalones, even, among her Big Six – Jane’s acute social perception would have had to been necessarily sharp.

My guess is that

  • both Wickham and Darcy earn glory through purely violent prowess, their incremental downtime spent goading control of the survivors (and Wickham, until the end, will win their hearts – on the surface his escape-plan is sound, and he is a capable killer). 
  • The lesser Bennets will be left behind. 
  • Bingley will be charming and friendly, side with Darcy, but fail to prove himself until the end when he falls defending Jane.
  • Catherine de Bourgh and her ilk will upturn their noses at the plebian ruckus and attempt to maintain their lifestyles (think “Masque of the Red Death”) until, refusing to leave her neice (recently infected), is left behind.
  • The Gardiners are well-defended in their warehouses.
  • Pemberly becomes an ideal stronghold with sprawling greens and isolation and the resources to hold-out.

According to its wikipedia entry (wow),

The literary subtext of a zombie apocalypse is usually that civilization is inherently fragile in the face of truly unprecedented threats and that most individuals cannot be relied upon to support the greater good if the personal cost becomes too high.

and that – given, for instance, the affluent merchant Gardiners – the social landscape of the English Gentry is changing, ending. Pride & Prejudice is set up to cope against an apocalypse no better symbolized than by an unliving mob. Zombies could very well be revolutionary (remember what is going on in the US & France around when Jane wrote), the macabre uprising from subalterns literally kept underfoot.


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