Colin Firth in a wet shirt. Period-film fanatics the world over immediately fell into fainting fits and swoons over this little scene that does not appear in the book. There is a possibility I was one of them; I can't say. It was later brilliantly parodied in Lost in Austen, a mini-series in which one reader realizes every Austenite's fantasy: she magically finds herself within the world of the novel and falls in love with Mr. Darcy. Duh.
After some words of love and affection are exchanged, the heroine of said programme asks Darcy to do something for her. This is what follows:
Do you see how The Wet Shirt has been immortalized? Imagine the laughter that ensued, then, as I opened this gift from Ana, courtesy of the Jane Austen's House Museum gift shop:
Wicked, am I right? In hindsight, I should have purchased one for every Mr. Darcy admirer I know -- and I know a lot. I might be one of them; I cant say.