Elinor, Edward and Lucy

Lunchtime. Long rehearsal with Imogen Stubbs as Lucy, in the scene where Edward comes in and finds her with Elinor. There are eighteen setups. It will take two days. […] Very difficult scene and all a little tired but good concentration nonetheless. Four people in a room, each with entirely different motives and reactions to the same situation… – Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility Diaries)

What is your favorite Elinor moment?

I personally prefer the scene where Marianne, Margaret and Mrs Dashwood, all crying retire to their own rooms off the same landing and Elinor stands still with Marianne’s cup of tea in her hand, then she sits on the stairs and drinks tea.

The scene is both hilarious and desperate and I love it.

Did you know that…

… Emma and Hugh Grant kissed on the set of Sense and sensibility but the scene was eventually cut?

Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson kissing

The film originally featured a scene with a kiss between Elinor and Edward but the tender scene in which the shy man almost asks permission to kiss her was deleted because it was felt to be inappropriate for Jane Austen’s time.

In fact in the movie there is no scene of kisses on the mouth, just kissing of hands and bows.