Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice


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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen









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Pride and Prejudice


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Austen's finest comedy of manners portrays life in the genteel rural society of the early 1800s, and tells of the initial misunderstandings (and mutual enlightenment) between lively and quick witted Elizabeth Bennet and the haughty Mr. Darcy.

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Bennet," as she entered the room, "we have had a most delightful evening, a most excellent ball. I wish you had been there. Jane was so admired, nothing could be like it. Everybody said how well she looked; and Mr. Bingley thought her quite beautiful, and danced with her twice! Only think of that, my dear; he actually danced with her twice! and she was the only creature in the room that he asked a second time. First of all, he asked Miss Lucas. I was so vexed to see him stand up with her! But, however, he did not admire her at all; indeed, nobody can, you know; and he seemed quite struck with Jane as she was going down the dance. So he inquired who she was, and got introduced, and asked her for the two next. Then the two third he danced with Miss King, and the two fourth with Maria Lucas, and the two fifth with Jane again, and the two sixth with Lizzy, and the Boulanger--"

"If he had had any compassion for me," cried her husband impatiently, "he would not have danced half so

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Pride and Prejudice is a genius commentary on societal expectations of both women and men in early 19th century England. At first the novel drags on a bit while Austen “sets the stage” of the novel. While Mr. Darcy is immediately assumed to be Elizabeth’s love interest, his absence from a lot of the novel and the introduction of Mr. Collins as a suitor bewildered me and forced me to rethink my assumptions. I enjoyed the many hurdles that Darcy and Elizabeth had to jump over to fall in love with each other. The most hindering hurdle is Elizabeth’s younger sister Lydia. Lydia is immediately introduced as the annoying stereotypical naïve sister. I enjoyed how her character grew more formidable throughout the novel. While she did become more of a woman, she still retained her childlike stupidity in making adult decisions such as her resolution to run away with Mr. Wickman. This decision affected every character negatively in the novel including Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. I quite enjoyed the novel and subtle humor that Jane Austen portrayed. It was brilliantly integrated into her character’s mannerisms and polite manners. Characters such as Elizabeth and Catherine are able to act snarky without being rude and losing the illusion of social mannerisms. Due to these social expectations of the time period, everything in the novel must be simply assumed. Jane Austen does not come out and directly state what is happening, what characters are truly thinking, or what the characters’ dialogues mean. I found this method very obscure and annoying at first, but towards the end of the novel I realized the brilliance of this method of writing. It allows the reader to feel the stifling obscurity of the time. However due to the Victorian diction and the lack of outright plot layout of the novel, some people may find it difficult to read. I personally enjoyed the novel immensely and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a different style of literature or even just a good romance book to read.
An interesting love story.Though in the beginning the plot seems a little bit boring,it becomes interesting by the change in views of Darcy and Elizebeth.The most interesting about the book is that it gives a well collection of various natures found in humans.
A beautiful, enlightening love story. A must-read for youngsters and all ages. You will enjoy wit of Elizabeth, pride of Mr.Darcy, loveliness of Jane, silliness of Mrs. Bennet and Lydia, wisdom of Mr. Bennet, long speeches of Mr. Collins and much more. The book is still alive,even after 2 centuries!!
My first motivation to read full length novel. My favourite heroine of all time is Ms. Elizabeth bennet. Though I feel Shy to say it is the best novel I read because it is of Romance genre, The happiness felt reading this novel has never happened again. eager to read more of her novel. Scene between darcy and elizabeth are so lively and ever cherished.
all time fav. a classic!! hats off to such a brilliant writer! she brings out all the characters alive! each time i read it ..i can imagine the whole story unfolding in front of me..each minute details that she has described, be it..feelings, expressions, underlying sarcasm..
Miss Jane Austen.. u have addicted me to the written words..
Though too slow in the beginning moves faster in the middle.obvious ending and a bit outdated theme but over all it makes a pretty good read.
I have loved this book since I first read it forty years ago. Jane Austen was a brilliant writer. She writes with subtlety, intelligence and wit and her style is light and pleasant. There is not a dull moment in this story, and as the years have gone by, I have learned to appreciate new depths to the characters that escaped me in my youth. I have to say that all her novels are of the same quality -- Jane Austen had a wonderful understanding of character.