Amanda arrives at Netherfield shortly after Jane. She realizes that things don't go according to plan. While Jane recovers from a fever, Bingley tells Amanda of his passion for her to which Amanda can only mutter that she is interested in women to keep Bingley at bay. Amanda's redirection of Bingley's feelings seem to be working as Bingley apparently shows an interest in Jane. When Mr. Collins arrives at Longbourn, Amanda faces yet another challenge to keep Jane free for Mr. Bingley. The appearance of Wickham is also causing Amanda difficulties to keep the purpose of the novel alive.
Did You Know?
Mr Bingley's phrase "steer the punt from the Cambridge end", to describe lesbians, refers to the different practices used by Cambridge and Oxford university students when propelling punts on their respective rivers. Cambridge students tend to stand on the raised platform at the back of the boat, whereas Oxford students more often stand in the well of the boat with the raised platform at the front of the boat. If the boat happens to hit another boat or the river-bank, the well of the boat is a safer place to be standing as there is a greater chance that the punter will fall into the boat rather than out of the boat into the water. Evidently Mr Bingley is of the Oxford persuasion in that he regards the Cambridge practice as the unusual one. See more
Take my tip, Wickham. Don't waste your time with this lot, especially Lydia, because I'm watching you. Every time you try to pull a stroke, I will be right behind you with a big neon sign, saying, "Don't trust this guy!"
What is neon?
Wait and see.
Written by Tony Hatch
Performed by Jemima Rooper See more