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396 pages, Paperback
First published January 28, 1813
The happiest, wisest, most reasonable end!
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The romance , the high society , the witty banter. Gah. I just adore it all.
"And your defect is to hate everybody."Elizabeth Bennet (second eldest of the five Bennet sisters) is the one with a clear, level head. Jane is the beautiful one, Mary is the look-at-me-I'm-so-pious one, Lydia is the I'm-so-dumb-that-I'm-probably-going-to-get-murdered one and Kitty is the well-she's-just-kinda-there one.
"And yours," he replied with a smile, "is willfully to misunderstand them."
Mrs. Bennet (their mother) has taken this so completely to heart that she thinks of nothing else. After all,
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy moved into town and immediately Mrs. Bennett set her dasterdly plans in motion (on behalf of her mortified children). She will do whatever necessary to get a rich man to put a ring on it (oh Beyonce, your words are applicable in any century).
A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.Only, there is a snag in her otherwise flawless plans. Elizabeth is not going to roll over to whatever man is thrust her way. To her mother's ever-living-disappointment, Elizabeth has all the spunk and backbone of a truly glorious woman:
I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.Truly a great read, no matter the century.
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
“But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.”
“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”
“Now be sincere; did you admire me for my impertinence?”
“For the liveliness of your mind, I did.”
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.Austen brilliantly sets up the world of this novel. Marriage - however humorous the personalities and events may be - is serious business. And when the Bennets have five daughters and no sons, the seriousness of getting their girls married off increases exponentially. The desperation of the marriage hunt is really the desperation of economic survival. Mrs Bennet has that essentially right, however misguided she is in the way she goes about it.
However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.
“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”