Pride and Prejudice
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Published in 1813, Pride and Prejudice announced the arrival of the comedy of manners, a welcome change from the stiff, moralistic novels of the past. In recounting the courtship of the witty, indpendent Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy--the handsome bachelor whose arrogant pride Elizabeth regards as a fatal flaw--Austen illuminates, with subtle humor, the prejudices of society as a whole.
Listed as #2 on the BBC top 100.
During one of the many balls that the girls go to, Elizabeth meets Mr. Darcy and takes an immediate disliking to him. However as the story unfolds she realizes she may have unnecessary prejudice against him.
The name of the book describes the story incredibly well. Each character suffers from either too much pride or too much prejudice. For being written in the early 1800s, the story reads quite well. However it got to a point where I felt like it was too high school "I like him, I don't like him". I just wanted the girls to make up their minds and get on with it. Still, this is a very well written book and understandable why it's a classic.
When a possible suitor, Mr. Bingley takes up residence nearby, Mrs. Bennett is beside herself trying to push Jane, the eldest forward. At one of the many balls where this romance seems to be progressing Elizabeth, next in line, meets Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth finds him too proud and takes an immediate dislike to him. Mr. Bingley leaves to return to London, devastating Jane and Elizabeth finds out this is due to the insufferable Mr. Darcy.
Mr. Darcy eventually proposes to Elizabeth and she turns him down telling him just what she thinks of him. Only what she thinks is not necessarily true.
I never had to read this classic for school and what a shame that is. I truly enjoyed the story. The humour that Jane Austen writes with is wonderful. I did find it a little hard to get used to the formal language used and more than once had to figure out which character was being spoken about. Miss Bennet is used for the oldest not for all five daughters. I also wonder why in 1800s England there seem to be a lot of very wimpish women and only a few with backbone.
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