It’s the end of the Easter break, and we’re all pretty exhausted of bunnies and being stuck buying overpriced hollow chocolate and little fluorescent balls of fluff and pipe-cleaner resembling chickens. So I’m going to flog this dead horse for all it has got, and talk about everything Easter and P&P. Yep, that’s right, because I can. (And because everyone loves a good-old themed post.) For all you critics out there, I’m not even solely talking about chocolate eggs (although more of that in this post as well!)… I’m talking about SOFTWARE easter eggs, ideas for next years Easter and everything in-between. Trust me, it’s not as boring as it sounds.
Software Easter Eggs:
These software Easter Eggs are small hidden bits of novelty within a program or a game, that aren’t obvious and are a personal touch (non-corporate related) from the creators. So, basically, the idea is that by doing random things (clicking a number of times on a menu or something) a word might pop up or a picture might change. It’s a virtual easter egg hunt! If you’re still completely confused, then the Easter Egg Archive FAQ should be able to help you understand the concept (and they have very extensive lists of easter eggs that have been found). So are there any in the Pride and Prejudice movies etc?
In Pride and Prejudice: A Latter Day Comedy there is apparently a quirky one that will allow you to watch the uncut theatrical version of the film, complete with all the LDS (Latter Day Saints) jokes and specific mentions left in. Unfortunately, the instructions on a lot of the sites for Easter Eggs can be really vague.
In Dragon Age: Origins, a role-playing video game on PS3, Xbox 360 and windows, there is supposedly an Easter Egg that appears in the Codex Entry for ‘History of the Circle’, which quotes our beloved Austen line “It is a truth universally acknowledged that nothing is more successful at inspiring a person to mischief as being told not to do something.” Apparently the writers of the whole game (Sheryl Chee and Mary Kirby) used to make comments in the games chatroom (in a joking manner) about making an Austen game. Although, whether this is actually an Easter Egg or not, as relating to what is outlined in the FAQ, is debatable.
Bridget Jones’ Diary has an absolute tonne of them. Allowing you to watch music videos, see behind the scenes footage and listen to commentaries. It’s a very simple Easter Egg (all you have to do is leave the menu on for ten minutes to activate it) but it gives you a load of different options (and they have a bit about Pride and Prejudice within them, as it’s always interesting to see how it changed from a Regency Classic to a modern-day singletons story).
Chocolate Easter Eggs:
While I haven’t been able to source any Pride and Prejudice eggs, you can certainly get some cute themed eggs from the Jane Austen giftshop, that are in mugs featuring a pretty Regency picture. Although the idea is a little contrived (it’s like two separate gifts shoved together) it means you can technically do the same thing- even going to a printing shop and getting your own pictures/dvd images etc printed on a mug and then buying a stand-alone egg to put in it. A perfect Pride and Prejudice gift!
Chocolate Easter Egg hunts:
I got so excited when I saw this, but The National Trust organised for Lyme Park, Cheshire to hold an egg hunt on the grounds. Even better? It’s the place where BBC filmed Pemberley for the mini-series. And? It only cost the equivalent of about $3 for each child taking part, however I did notice somewhere that normal admissions also apply on top of that. Unfortunately, you have to be a young’un to take part in this one (and, of course, it is geographically problematic if you aren’t in England) but I would honestly pay to see hundreds of little kids running the grounds of Pemberley, wouldn’t you? Apparently the easter trails are sponsored by Cadbury, but I couldn’t actually find a mention of it on the National Trust website (if you do, let me know) but it’s all over the internet being promoted for children! It started at 11am, and even had face painting and other kids entertainment. Hopefully, they will run something similar next year, which is always likely if they are successful the first time round.
A little bit of Austen Easter history:
Pride and Prejudice actually mentions Easter a couple of times, and I find it quite interesting to see what they imply. Back in Regency England, Easter was about families coming together (rather like Christmas, I would imagine). They did have hot cross buns (often called Easter buns) and it was a time for travelling, which you will definitely notice in the excerpts from Pride and Prejudice below.
“Colonel Fitzwilliam’s manners were very much admired at the parsonage, and the ladies all felt that he must add considerably to the pleasure of their engagements at Rosings. It was some days, however, before they received any invitation thither, for while there were visitors in the house they could not be necessary; and it was not till Easter-day, almost a week after the gentlemen’s arrival, that they were honoured by such an attention, and then they were merely asked on leaving church to come there in the evening.”
“In this quiet way, the first fortnight of her visit soon passed away. Easter was approaching, and the week preceding it was to bring an addition to the family at Rosings, which in so small a circle must be important. Elizabeth had heard, soon after her arrival, that Mr. Darcy was expected there in the course of a few weeks…”
So there you have it- Easter and Pride and Prejudice, all rolled into one exhausting event! Have you got any ideas for how you could theme it to Pride and Prejudice that we can use next year? Do you know much about the history of Easter?