Sense and Sensuality?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Lizzy and Mr. Darcy did not get it on.

Published November 20, 2005 8:20PM (EST)

In yesterday's New York Times, Alessandra Stanley had a good recap of the furious back-and-forth about the new adaptation of "Pride & Prejudice." The movie, which stars Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew McFayden as Mr. Darcy, has been released in the United States with a tacked-on, tarted-up ending featuring the couple in postnuptial (read: postcoital) reverie. (Because here in the States, when 19th century lovers finally get together, it's not enough to just imagine them getting it on.)

Stanley's Week in Review piece sums up both sides of the debate over messing with Austen. But what I liked best about her piece was the headline, which read: "Oh, Mr. Darcy ... Yes, I Said Yes!"

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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