The Weldon Literary Moot Society's jury duty

Finally, Darcy and Wickham duke it out

Mr. Darcy may not appear exactly as shown
Mr. Darcy may not appear exactly as shown

For the third year running, the Weldon Literary Moot Society (WLMS) puts on an altogether ridiculously goofy evening for a good cause. The annual moot court does a polite curtsey to the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by staging a mock trial between the grumpy but lovable Mr. Darcy and the defendant, drunken rumour-monger Mr. Wickham (Thursday, March 7, King’s College Alumni Hall, 7pm, $12/$8 available at the University of Kings College Bookstore or the door). Comedian Bill Wood puts on his villain hat again this year (last year Wood participated as Dr. Frankenstein being sued by his pitiful creation) as Wickham. “I'm looking forward to playing the bad guy again, it's always fun to try and figure out how to believe your own delusions and defend a slightly awkward position,” says Wood. “I like playing a delusional jerk, I'm good at it.”

The event also features author and professor Laura Penny, Schulich School of Law professors Geoff Loomer and Diana Ginn, and the Honourable Judge Jamie Campbell of the Nova Scotia Provincial Court. Proceeds will go to Halifax Humanities 101, a registered charity dedicated to providing university-level humanities education to adults otherwise unable to access higher education. Jad Debs, WLMS media coordinator, explains that Halifax Humanities 101 is a way for lower income adults to take advantage of post secondary education.

“The organization offers the equivalent of the "great works" program, similar to the Foundation Year Program at King's College. The faculty is made up by professors from Halifax's universities who volunteer their time. The curriculum is an eight-month commitment with a heavy reading load, but the students of HH101 seem to love it," says Debs. "The society provides the necessary materials, books, bus tickets, and child care subsidies to enable the students to participate. Some of the students from the organization will be sitting as the jury for the trial, and they'll ultimately decide who prevails between Darcy and Wickham.”

Go for the good cause, stay for the hilarious arguments. “Last year I was backed into a corner and forced to admit I got off on playing god,” says Wood. “This year I'm going to work all my Wickhamish charm and woe the court just like I wooed my fair wife Lydia.”

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