Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice is a book written by Jane Austen, published in 1813. The story is about a couple that falls in love in England during the 18th Century and has many diversions that keep the reader interested until the ending. Elizabeth is the 2nd eldest of five sisters who are famously known as the “Bennet Sisters,” and she is a feisty girl that, in the most sincere of ways, thinks she knows everything. She is not her mother’s favorite daughter, however. The oldest daughter, Jane, takes credit for being the most virtuous, and so she is loved slightly the more. Elizabeth’s father is fond of her in spite of all this, and she seems to possess some of his witty traits, for she engages an elegant form of repartee with other characters throughout the novel.  

At the Meryton Ball, Elizabeth encounters a man named Darcy, and though she picks up a bad vibration after she overhears him insulting her looks, she still seems to wonder about him. Since they do not appear to fall immediately in love, Elizabeth, on the contrary, encourages Jane to carry on with the gullible Bingley, a gentleman who seems happy wherever he goes. Calamity strikes when Bingley disappears to London without notice, and the story takes on a sense of loose ends that pose the possibility of never being tied. Elizabeth also has three younger sisters. The 3rd oldest, Mary, attends to herself with mannerly effect, though she is depicted as bland and unfashionable, while the two youngest sisters, Catherine (Kitty) and Lydia make giggly, spectacle tramps of themselves continually acting with a lack of self-containment in front of the rank and file soldiers that always seem to be passing through town. Elizabeth’s mother endlessly prattles on about how she needs to get her daughters married off, and her husband, Mr. Bennet, is a drab yet observatory fellow who seems to have said all he really needed to say in life many years earlier.

While the story in some ways serves as a treatment on the subject of socio-economic marriage during the age, one cannot help but ignore the politics at the turn of the tide when Elizabeth encounters an array of amorous feelings towards Darcy, a man she felt destined to keep in her opinion as completely objectionable. Spilling thoughts in her own mind the clumsiness of her judgment, she finds herself at the helm of a ship destined for waters she’s never discovered. Darcy himself, indeed a bit of a callous chap, comes round with a burst of noble actions and well-intended endeavors that leave Elizabeth buckling in a state self-mortification: she can’t believe that she is beginning to fall for him, though even this revelation is somewhat hampered by the stickiness of her female pride. 

In the end, the bludgeoningly wealthy Mr. Darcy captivates the lower class Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and the union unfolds to offend the gentry women in Darcy’s connection, filling these haughty, stuck-up types with a dismay that would unravel the bricks at London tower. Bingley marries Jane, and the youngest daughter Lydia ends up in what would be recognized in today’s world as mostly likely knocked up and living on welfare with her gambling addict, formerly enlisted newlywed husband. The other two daughters are thus left with their wordy mother, and the story ends with Elizabeth and Darcy forsaking the downtrodden home she grew up in for the lavish landscapes and exhilarating architecture of the Pemberley Estate.

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