An inaccessible duke, a mysterious narrator, a young first in search of a husband … These are the tasty ingredients of the period series produced by Shonda Rhimes, available from Friday, December 25 on Netflix. The tortuous love story between its two heroes recalls that of a certain Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, protagonists of Pride and Prejudice.
“In love as in war, anything goes.” Lady Whistledown, the mysterious narrator of The Chronicle of the Bridgertons, doesn’t think so well. This period series, produced by Shonda Rhimes and available this Friday, December 25 on Netflix, recounts the love affairs of Daphne Bridgerton ( Phoebe Dynevor ) and Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page). The plot of the show signed Chris Van Dusen and adapted from the novels of Julia Quinn takes place in 1813, the date on which the novel Pride and Prejudice really appeared. Coincidence? There are, however, some similarities between the works. Simon Basset thus has common traits with Mr. Darcy, one of the protagonists of Jane Austen’s book.
A chivalrous side
Both are difficult, to begin with. When Daphne Bridgerton addresses the Duke of Hastings, hoping to escape the onslaught of a persistent suitor, the coveted bachelor immediately sees it as an attempt at seduction. The young woman, who does not even know his name, was quick to deem him presumptuous. A first contact that is not unlike that between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, a young girl from a good family irritated by the arrogance of the rich landowner. Mr. Darcy and Simon Basset are as fortunate, mysterious, proud, and quick to judge those around them. However, the duo will not belong in revealing their chivalrous side. In The Bridgertons Chronicle, the Duke of Hastings thus saves the honor of Daphne Bridgerton, embraced against her will by a guest of the ball.