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Jennifer Ehle, Contagion star and former Elizabeth Bennet, is reading Austen in quarantine.

Aaron Robertson

March 19, 2020, 1:33pm

In a strange but delightful turn of events, actress Jennifer Ehle, beloved for her turn as Elizabeth Bennet in the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice series, was spotted reading from the opening of the novel on Instagram live.

That in itself, of course, isn’t strange. But presuming Ehle was hoping to provide a little comfort for her fellow quarantined fans, it’s hard to miss the irony. Almost a decade ago, Ehle also starred as a scientist at the CDC in Contagion, which everyone has been talking about for obvious reasons.

But forget for a moment, if you will, that movie. After watching the snippet above from Ehle’s wonderful reading, why don’t you revisit Darcy’s flustered admission of love?

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