Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Would I recommend it?
YES! Very much so!
Upon the commencement Pride and Prejudice the reader is introduced to Mrs Bennet, a strong woman who knows her own mind. Mr and Mrs Bennet have five daughters: Elizabeth (also called Lizzy) Jane, Mary, Lydia and Kitty. Mrs Bennet is eager to see them all married to wealthy gentlemen who are suitably placed socially.
It seems as if Mrs Bennet’s luck is in when the wealthy and eligible Mr Bingley moves into a neighbouring estate. Bingley is accompanied with his friend Mr Darcy, who is similarly affluent and available.
Mr Darcy, however, does not make a very good impression. He appears haughty, pig-headed and prideful. Elizabeth takes a particularly strong dislike to Darcy when she overhears him saying to Bingley that there is not a “….woman in the room, whom it would not be a punishment to me to stand up with.”
The feelings of animosity seem to be reciprocated and Darcy becomes an even more dislikeable character when he says of Elizabeth, “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.”
Destiny throws Darcy and Elizabeth together again, as they repeatedly meet at several occasions and functions. At first, neither seems to be able to look beyond first impressions, but it soon becomes clear that a strong affection is growing between the pair. However, the big question is: Can either of them swallow their pride and admit that they were wrong?
So this is actually a first edition copy of the book. Which is pretty awesome. Not much really to comment on since it's old and stuff. It's just the original.
DANGER! WARNING! DO NOT READ AHEAD IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK OR DON'T CARE IF IT IS RUINED FOR YOU BEFORE YOU READ IT! IN OTHER WORDS, WHETHER YOU READ THIS SECTION OR NOT, READ THE BOOK!! ANYWAY JUST SKIP THIS PART AND GO ON TO THE NEXT SECTION AS TO NOT RUIN THE BOOK!
So this book is pretty awesome. It's a classic love tale, you really just can't beat it. So far it's the only of Austen's books that I have read, but I definitely love her style of writing. It's obvious by the way she writes that she likes Elizabeth, as do I. I must say though that I wasn't sure about Darcy while reading. It wasn't until he sent the letter to Elizabeth that I really started to like him. Then after that I was in love! The humor tied in is hard to read at times for some but if you get into it you can read between the lines and laugh out loud. I know I did! Elizabeth and Darcy's love story is one that everyone should experience. To be able to believe in the unconditional love that they share, should make anyone happy. And if you disagree then please say so. Oh, and Mr. Collins. Though I think he's a pompous freak, I still love. Definitely one of my favorite characters, though Darcy is my number one favorite.
Overall this book is truly amazing and you should definitely read and if you have then good for you!
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Pride and Prejudice
Opening sentence of novel, Chapter 1.
She is tolerable, I suppose, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me.
Pride and Prejudice
Mr. Darcy to Mr. Bingley about Elizabeth Bennet, Chapter 3.
I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle. As a child I was taught what was right, but I was not taught to correct my temper. I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit. Unfortunately an only son (for many years an only child), I was spoilt by my parents, who, though good themselves (my father, particularly, all that was benevolent and amiable), allowed, encouraged, almost taught me to be selfish and overbearing; to care for none beyond my own family circle; to think meanly of all the rest of the world; to wish at least to think meanly of their sense and worth compared with my own. Such I was, from eight to eight and twenty; and such I might still have been but for you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth! What do I not owe you! You taught me a lesson, hard indeed at first, but most advantageous. By you, I was properly humbled. I came to you without a doubt of my reception. You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.
Pride and Prejudice
Darcy to Elizabeth, Chapter 58.
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