I Coulda Been a Contender, Part 2
In Pride and Prejudice, the self-righteous Lady Catherine de Bourgh publicly insults Elizabeth Bennet's piano-playing and then immediately brags about her own non-existent musical skills. Here, see?
You will never play really well, Miss Bennet, unless you practice more . . . There are few people in England, I suppose, who have more true enjoyment in music than myself -- or a better taste -- and if I had ever learned, I should be a true proficient. (Watch it: Rosings, 2:45-3:25)It's quite humorous, really -- Lady Catherine de Bourgh's ridiculous amount of conceit. Yet, were it not for her insult toward Elizabeth in the first part of her pretty speech, I might say there was nothing wrong in what she said. What I mean to say is . . . Have you ever thought you'd be good at something, if you had ever tried it? Like you know deep down in your bones that you could have been a great dancer or cowboy or doctor or athlete? Well, there are a few things that I think I could have been great at, and they are these:
- Swimming (See I Coulda Been a Contender.)
- Playing the piano
- Being Dutch
Thing I'm thankful for: salmon burgers with cole slaw